Written by BACC Editor Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:37

Santa Clara County Considering Building Code Updates for 240V Pre-Wiring

Santa Clara County supervisors are considering an ordinance requiring newly-built and remodeled homes to be pre-wired for 240V charger stations. A significant upgrade from traditional 110V-120V wiring, homes will get the voltage, amperage and outlet needed to charge their electric vehicles up to twice as fast. The ordinance also updates building codes in unincorporated areas of the county to require installation of charging stations at county parking lots, addressing increased demand for vehicle charging during the workday. Pre-wiring ordinances have already been implemented in Sunnyvale and Los Angeles. If passed, Santa Clara’s legislation would only apply to unincorporated areas of the county, with the goal of leading to further widespread changes in local building codes and increasing the region’s demand for advanced charging capabilities.


Written by Rafael Reyes Friday, 17 May 2013 20:56

El Cerrito Climate Action Plan draft for review

The City hosted public hearings in April on their draft Climate Action Plan. The City of El Cerrito adopted targets to reduce GHG emissions by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 30% below 2005 levels by 2035. View the Draft Final Plan. Also, the City’s new Recycling Center has been granted a coveted LEED Platinum rating, the highest grade for green building! View the Full Article.


Written by Rafael Reyes Friday, 17 May 2013 20:53

Sonoma County Kickstarts Public Power Agency.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to implement a public power program for all homes and businesses outside city limits with plans to expand countywide. Unless customers formally opt out, they would receive power from the public agency. PG&E would continue to handle other infrastructure. Business leaders said it would encourage them to invest in renewable energy projects and to sell their excess power back to the grid. View the Full Article.  In June 2012, Richmond joined the Marin Energy Authority to participate in the Marin Clean Energy CCA program.


Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 01 May 2013 20:55

San Francisco Doubles Funding for GoSolarSF Program

Mayor Ed Lee has announced that funding for the City’s successful solar initiative, GoSolarSF, will double in the next fiscal year. Beginning July 1, San Francisco residents and businesses can access an additional $2 million in incentives to install solar on their properties.

San Francisco solar map


Written by Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 01 May 2013 20:40

Bike Sharing to Debut in the Bay Area

Beginning in August, a pilot bicycle-share program will launch along the Bay Area Peninsula commute corridor in the cities of San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City and San Francisco.

In the first phase of the pilot, 700 bicycles will be available at 70 bicycle stations near transit hubs, high-density residential areas and key destination points such as shopping districts and employment centers.  Unlike individual bike ownership or traditional rentals, public bike sharing offers users 24/7 access to bicycles for short trips without the worry of maintenance, theft or storage.

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