Call for Panelists Deadline for Responses: February 15, 2013 A day-long workshop, Getting to Net Zero: Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment, is being organized for the Green California Summit Education Program (April 18) in Sacramento, CA by CaliforniaGeo. The workshop will include three panels covering topics related to achieving net zero using today’s technologies effectively. They will also address the myriad of emerging and existing mandates, policies and regulations that will support this transition. Panelists are needed to cover the topics listed below. This will be a unique opportunity to educate and inform an audience of local and state government officials as well as representatives of the private and non-profit sectors. As each of these sectors anticipates implementing sustainable energy policies and building designs, your input will be appreciated and highly valued. Please note that these are designed to be informative and not to be oriented towards promoting one product or technology over another. Rather, it is meant to demonstrate how each technology fits into the matrix of applications that can be tailored to individual needs, designs, mandates and budgets. To be included as a panelist in this workshop, please contact me ASAP. We are organizing the panels now, so please expedite your response. Phil Henry, CaliforniaGeo, 916.668.6868, Email Me Deadline for Responses: February 15, 2013 Session Descriptions and Topics for Panelists Getting to Net Zero: Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment Getting to Net Zero, whether it’s in a single building, a campus, a community or an entire state, will require an evolution in thinking about renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. No single technology or set of technologies will solve energy needs across the board. Rather, it will take a matrix of these clean technologies to specific climates, needs, policies and mandates to get beyond fossil fuels to zero net energy usage. First and foremost it means lowering the overall demand on electricity and natural gas by implementing energy efficiency measures and utilizing the reliable production of distributed renewable energy. This full-day workshop will include panels of top experts who will lead you in an exploration of existing and developing technologies and the convergence of policies and goals that are supporting a net zero future for California – and soon. By the end of the day, you will have learned how to adapt to the paradigm shift in energy production and energy efficiency. Session 1: (75 minutes) Where We’re Headed: The Big Picture on Net Zero The opening panel is a policy overview and an exploration of our objectives as a society. Subject experts on California’s Global Warming Solution’s Act, AB 32, the Governor’s Executive Order and other sustainable energy mandates and policies will explain the various components in real concise terms. The mandates within these laws and policies are creating paradigm shifts in the way we think about energy use and delivery. Contrary to the current thought stream, achieving Net Zero California within the near future is achievable with current technologies. This session will connect the dots between the technologies, policies, mandates and objectives to determine how to best achieve net zero. Topics to be covered by panelists*: Governor Brown’s 12 gigawatt of distributed generation by 2020 goal Governor Brown's Executive Order B-18-12 Energy Efficiency CPUC’s Zero Net Energy Program CEC's Integrated Energy Policy Report Implementation of Prop 39, Financing for Energy Efficiency AB-29 Proposition 39: implementation (Williams) to fund colleges for energy efficiency retrofits and clean energy projects AB-39 Proposition 39: implementation (Skinner) SB-39 Energy: school facilities: energy efficiency upgrade projects (De León) How do the above align to create a Net Zero California? *Note - While overviews of the above topics will be presented in this session, speakers may also be invited to provide more details in other sessions within this workshop. Session 2: (75 minutes) Distributed Generation: An All-In Approach Decreasing demand and increasing supply through the application of emerging renewable technologies, is the subject of this session. Large solar arrays are spreading across the California desert, a source of renewable energy to help the state meet its energy goals. But with so much wasted energy on the long distance grid, all signs point to a future focused on local distributed generation - producing energy at the load. This session will illustrate the ways in which distributed generation will require a mix of geothermal heat pump systems, solar thermal, wind turbines, solar PV all of which use renewable energy sources. Topics for speakers: Energy use in the built environment – where’s the energy going? Distributed generation overview The role of the CPUC and CEC Benefits of distributed generation compared to large solar arrays and wind farms. The role of energy efficiency Up to date information on state of the art of available technologies : Wind Turbines Solar Thermal Solar PV Geothermal heat pumps Session 3: (60 minutes) Getting Serious About Energy Efficiency The amount of the electricity and natural gas required to run our buildings is the primary barrier to achieving net zero. Envelope management is crucial, but there are only so many light bulbs to change, windows to replace and insulation that can be upgraded. What hasn’t been done seriously is tackling how we cool and heat buildings and create domestic hot water. Without addressing HVAC and DHW systems, we’re only paying lip service to energy efficiency, because most of the energy that’s being consumed in California and the nation is due to space heating, air conditioning and domestic water heating. The ecosystem of energy efficiency applications includes behavior modification, envelope management and a mix of technologies including solar thermal, geothermal heat pumps, cool roofs and others. All the pieces of the puzzle can interact in some way, directly or indirectly. This session will focus mainly on the two technologies that offer the most comprehensive energy savings: solar thermal and geothermal heat pumps. Let’s get serious about meeting our goals. Topics for speakers: Are Negawatts real? Adjusting the thermostat has limited value and come with a comfort penalty Impact on energy consumption with implementation of solar thermal and geothermal heat pumps Energy efficiency technologies as a supply side management tool Overview of energy efficiency technologies in terms of load reduction Choosing the right mix of technologies for specific buildings.