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Support Menlo Park's Clean Electric Building Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Bruce>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:51:06 -0700

Hon. Mayor Mueller and Council Members,
I would like to add my voice in support of Ordinance No. 1057 adopting
updated building codes and local amendments to the 2019 California Energy
Code that would require higher levels of building electrification and solar
production for newly constructed buildings to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. As a state, we have made tremendous strides in improving the
overall energy efficiency of our new housing stock. The 2020 codes will
make rooftop solar a standard part of the mix. To make further progress
towards zero carbon homes, we have to address the 25 million tons of eCO2
emitted annually when we burn methane in our gas appliances, not to mention
the additional warming impacts from all the methane leaks from the gas
distribution system.

This year, I have had the privilege of leading the Peninsula Climate
Comfort pilot <https://climate-comfort.com/>, sponsored by Peninsula Clean
Energy. The pilot is providing design assistance services and incentives to
five households who would like to replace gas appliances with high
performing electric versions. In planning and launching the pilot, I've
been encouraged by the strong interest among San Mateo residents in
lowering their carbon footprint, reducing their gas bill, and adopting
safer, higher performing heat pump technologies. Our in-depth assessments
of case study participants has shown that beneficial electrification of gas
appliances is an effective means of reducing GHG emissions and saving
energy, particularly when combined with rooftop solar and energy efficiency
measures. The opportunities are even greater on the new construction front
so I commend you for taking this critical step.

Best regards,

Bruce Mast
Principal, Ardenna Energy, LLC
Received on Tue Sep 10 2019 - 16:44:02 PDT

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