California now wants to dictate what kind of home you live in.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) want all new homes to be zero net energy in 2020.
Zero net energy homes produce as much energy as they consume.
It requires a home to create as much energy as it uses over a year. California reportedly wants this to also apply to multifamily and low-income housing.
This will require all new homes to have PV rooftop solar installations large enough to produce as much energy as the home consumes. To be a zero net energy home also requires offsetting the natural gas that’s used.
The aim is to have zero net energy homes mandated by code.
The city of Lancaster, California has already mandated that homes on lots over 7,000 sq. ft must have solar panels. Lots that are 70 feet wide and 100 feet deep, or equivalent, are typical of residential lots throughout America, while the average lot size in the United States is over 10,000 sq. feet.
This obviously adds to the cost of new homes. A PV rooftop solar installation for an average sized home using 900 kWh per month, the national average, will cost around $24,000 with a Powerwall battery. And this doesn’t offset the use of natural gas for heating.
Interestingly, it was this type of mandate that was included in the Waxman-Markey, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, that was defeated in the U.S. Senate after passing in the House.
Congressman Waxman is from California, so the idea of forcing people to live in a zero net energy home is not new. This idea has been the dream of extreme environmentalists for years.
It reflects the concept of Big Government knowing what’s best for people.
Zero net energy homes will cost more than new homes without PV rooftop solar, and also more than existing homes. Existing homes would need to add PV rooftop solar as well as insulation to become zero net energy homes. Adding insulation is very expensive.
Square foot to square foot, this would make existing homes easier to sell when in competition with more costly new zero net energy homes.
Once the codes are established for new homes, it’s very likely they will be extended to existing homes.
The idea is to force people to install PV rooftop solar with batteries, and to reinsulate their homes. This concept was in the Waxman-Markey legislation.
Forcing people to own zero net energy homes is part of the program to cut CO2 emissions. Cutting CO2 emissions 80% by 2050 is the stated goal of the Obama administration and the EPA.
It is also the goal of this administration to have the United States agree to a treaty to be agreed upon this December in Paris, at the next Council of the Parties (COP) meeting.
COP meetings are part of the structure of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a treaty the United States has already ratified, whereby the United State becomes a party to any new agreement to cut CO2 emissions.
The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius said, “The agreement must be such that it doesn’t have to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.”
The fact that those in favor of a new agreement, similar to the Kyoto Protocol, want to bypass the U.S. Senate, which represents the people of the United States, shows how little regard these extremists have for Americans and their democracy.
California leads the nation in efforts to cut CO2 emissions, without regard for personal freedoms.
Imposing zero net energy homes is only the latest step. And it won’t be the last.
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