Home Energy Scores to Rate Home Values
and REQUIRE Energy Upgrades Costing Thousands
NOW a REQUIREMENT – Soon for EVERYONE
Everyone will “PAY”
Landlords and ALL Other Property Owners will be forced to retrofit all apartments and buildings
Tenants may find code enforcement will NOT allow occupancy if owners do not have the funds to retrofit as required and tenants could be forced to relocate
Retrofits include and are not limited to:
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EXAMPLE in Portland – Home Energy Score
* Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, home seller’s in Portland, Oregon have been required to get a Home Energy Score, or a HERS home energy rating score.
* Must be completed by licensed Home Energy Assessment contractor prior to listing home for sale
* Intended to help meet Portland’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 40% below 1990 levels and help buyers make more “knowledgeable decisions about the full costs of operating a home.
Any building owner or person who fails, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with the provisions of this Chapter shall be subject to:
Upon the first violation, the Director may issue a written warning notice to the entity or person, describing the violation and steps required to comply.
If the violation is not remedied within 90 days after issue of written warning notice, the Director may assess a civil penalty of up to $500. For every subsequent 180-day period during which the violation continues, the Director may assess additional civil penalties of up to $500.
What Are You Required To Do With The Energy Score?
Provide a copy of the home energy performance report:
To all licensed real estate agents working on the seller’s behalf;
Have a printed copy available to prospective buyers who visit the home while it is listed publicly for sale; and
To the Director for quality assurance and evaluation of policy compliance; and
Include the Home Energy Performance Score in all real estate listings, including the Home Energy Performance Report
Only the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability or his or her authorized representative, designee or agent can exempt a property from the requirements.
Vertically stacked units (condos) Insider Comment: This exemption allows the dense housing – smart city housing and excludes rural/country unsustainable and sprawl
Buildings used primarily for commercial purposes
A foreclosure sale,
A trustee’s sale,
A deed-in-lieu of foreclosure sale, or
Any pre-foreclosure sale in which seller has reached an agreement with the mortgage holder to sell the property for an amount less than the amount owed on the mortgage.
Undue Hardship Exemptions
The covered building qualifies for sale at public auction or acquisition by a public agency due to arrears for property taxes,
A court appointed receiver is in control of the covered building due to financial distress,
The senior mortgage on the covered building is subject to a notice of default
The low-income qualified seller demonstrates household income is at or below 60 percent of median household income for the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
The Home Energy Score Report Contains
The home energy performance score and an explanation of the score;
An estimate of the total annual energy used in the home in retail units of energy, by fuel type;
An estimate of the total annual energy generated by on-site solar electric, wind electric, hydroelectric, and solar water heating systems in retail units of energy, by type of fuel displaced by the generation;
An estimate of the total monthly or annual cost of energy purchased for use in the covered building in dollars, by fuel type, based on the current average annual retail residential energy price of the utility serving the covered building at the time of the report and the average annual energy prices of non-regulated fuels, by fuel type, as provided by the Oregon Department of Energy;
The current average annual utility retail residential energy price in dollars, by fuel type, and the average annual energy prices of non-regulated fuels, by fuel type, provided by the Oregon Department of Energy and used to determine the costs described in this section;
At least one comparison home energy performance score that provides context for the range of possible scores. Examples of comparison homes include, but are not limited to, a similar home with Oregon’s average energy consumption, the same home built to Oregon energy code, and the same home with certain energy efficiency upgrades;
The name of the entity that assigned the home energy performance score and that entity’s Construction Contractors Board license number;
The date the building energy assessment was performed
Q. Does this policy harm vulnerable people, like elders on fixed incomes, who may need to sell a home they have lived in for decades?
A. The cost of getting a home energy score is low ($150-$250). The cost of doing an upgrade to increase the total value and selling price of the home, as well as giving the home a better home energy score, ranges from $5,000-$15,000 on average.
The policy will begin to help the market more correctly value homes by clearly recognizing energy costs as a component of the cost of owning a home. In a down market, homes that have below-average home energy scores may not compare as favorably to similar homes that have better energy scores
Q. Will this policy lead to more demolitions of older homes?
A. No. In analyzing all the scores delivered nationwide to date, the U.S. Department of Energy has found a very weak correlation between home vintage and low home energy scores. This means that smaller, older homes will not necessarily score lower than newer homes. DOE found a much stronger correlation between square footage and low home energy scores. This means that larger homes of any age are likely to score lower than smaller homes.
Q. Will this policy help Portland to reduce carbon emissions?
A. Yes. The City of Austin passed an energy audit report disclosure requirement in 2009. The City found that from 2009 to 2011, about 6 percent of homes undertook home energy retrofits as a result of disclosure. To accelerate consumer action in favor of energy upgrades, the City of Austin moved the time of disclosure earlier in the transaction to better inform consumer decision-making. Berkeley also moved its disclosure requirement earlier in the sale process for a similar reason. Portland has learned lessons from the experience in Austin and Berkeley and is thus specifically requiring disclosure at time of listing to maximize the positive benefits of the policy.
OPower (owned by Oracle) provides utility customers with information about their energy use in context to their neighbor’s energy use, similar to the type of comparison provided by the US DOE Home Energy Score. Evaluations of OPower’s business model have demonstrated reliable and persistent energy savings in the range of 1.5-2.5 percent, simply by providing consumers with information on energy use in comparison to their neighbors.
AND……. THE CITY OF BERKELY, CA HAS AN “ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT”, WHICH HAS WHAT ARE CALLED REGISTERED ENERGY ASSESSORS. THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN DECEMBER, 2015. ONLY ENERGY SERVICE PROVIDERS REGISTERED WITH THE CITY OF BERKELEY (REGISTERED ENERGY ASSESSORS) WILL BE ABLE TO CONDUCT BESO (Building Energy Saving Ordinance) ASSESSMENTS.
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Inmate firefighters help protect SLO Co., but crews are diminished after justice reform – August 5, 2019
When large wildfires break out in California, including San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, it’s all hands on deck to protect life and property.
Many of those hands have spent time in shackles but as recently passed criminal justice reform laws take full effect, the number of inmate firefighters is down.
“The reason most of them do it is to get a reduction in their sentence,” said CAL FIRE District Commander John Owens, who manages the San Luis Obispo County district inmate firefighter crews.
Every day of work inmates do as a firefighter counts as two days toward their sentence.
Putting inmates on the front lines also benefits California taxpayers. Inmate firefighters earn about $1 per hour to risk their lives, which is considerably less than firefighters employed with the state.
Despite the hard work, each fire call allows inmates Darren Smith and Jerry Garza to see the job in a different light.
“I’d like to continue doing this, not only from in here, but when I get out,” Garza said.
“I just love the thrill. It’s a joy now to go out there and fight fires, save the community, save houses,” Smith said.
For the second season in a row, Smith is fighting fires on the front lines.
“The first season, (I was) definitely timid, wasn’t really ready,” Smith said. “Now I’m all for it.”
Smith prefers to measure his time away from family in fire seasons, instead of days spent behind bars at the California Men’s Colony.
To qualify for a firefighting position, an inmate’s crime must be non-violent.
But with criminal justice reform efforts like Assembly Bill 109, which diverts low-level offenders away from prison, the pool of qualified candidates is shrinking.
“We have five crews normally. Right now we have four crews,” Owens said. “We’re short 25 inmate firefighters, but our system overall is short 1,300 firefighters in the entire state.”
While Owens supports restructuring the sentencing guidelines and thinning out the prison population, he knows that also means fewer boots on the ground.
“They’re like the infantry of CAL FIRE. They do a lot of hard work. They hike the hills and get in places where the bulldozers can’t and fire engines can’t and put hand-line in,” Owens said.
Inmate crews don’t just help with firefighting and prevention.
“We did that Bishop Peak rescue,” Garza said proudly.
Garza and his crew cut through thick brush to help emergency responders reach a woman who fell 50 feet while rappelling in June.
“It’s a rush. It’s something you don’t think you can do, you overcome it and feel good about yourself,” Garza said.
Though Garza and Smith excel in the program, Owens knows that once the two men are released, it’s unlikely he will see them again. That is, at least, not on the inmate squad.
“The majority of them, over 60 percent, don’t end up back in jail,” Owens said.
That means Owens is constantly recruiting and training new crew members for work that may just be a means to an end or, possibly, the start to a new beginning.
“Prior to me coming to jail, I was all for myself,” Smith said. “This has taught me a lot about team work. If I thought I’d be a firefighter, I’d be lying. Never in a million years. But now, I love it.”
To help bolster the decline in eligible inmate crew members, CAL FIRE SLO started a probation program. Through that Ventura-based program, probationers can serve out their court-ordered supervision as a firefighter on a pathway to a career.
Transport chaos across England and Wales after major power cuts – August 9, 2019
Large parts of England and Wales were left without electricity following a major power cut that had a serious impact on rail and road services, including city traffic lights.
Passengers were shut out of some of the country’s busiest train stations during the Friday evening rush hour, while hundreds of thousands of homes were left without electricity after what the National Grid described as a problem with two generators.
British Transport police said officers were asked to help as services on the east coast mainline, as well as those into and out of St Pancras station were suspended, with many customers being advised not to travel. London’s Euston station, the southern hub for the west coast mainline, was also closed because of “exceptionally high passenger numbers”. The outage was also affecting other rail services and, reportedly, some traffic lights.
A National Grid spokesperson said the generator issues had caused “loss of power in selected UK areas”. They described the event as “unexpected and unusual”, saying: “Even though these events are outside of our control, we have plans in place to respond and the system operated as planned by disconnecting an isolated portion of electricity demand.
“We appreciate the inconvenience caused but this action allows the system to protect itself and limit the fall in frequency, allowing for power to be quickly restored. By 6.30pm [on Friday], all demand was restored by the distribution network operators. The system is operating normally.”
On Friday night, the energy watchdog, Ofgem, warned it could take “enforcement action” over the outage, saying it had demanded an “urgent detailed report from National Grid so we can understand what went wrong”.
About 500,000 customers in Wales, south-west England and the Midlands were affected and 300,000 customers in south-east England were left without power, the local distributors said. A further 110,000 in Yorkshire and north-east England were affected, alongside about 26,000 in north-west England, according to the electricity distributors in those areas.
EnAppSys, an energy consultancy, said the blackout may have been caused by the unexpected shutdowns of the Hornsea offshore wind farm, which is owned by the Danish wind farm company Orsted, and the Little Barford gas-fired power plant, owned by German utility giant RWE.
National Grid data showed both of the generators dropped from the grid at around the same time. The twin outages caused a sudden loss of frequency of the electricity grid, to below 49Hz, which would have caused certain parts of the network to disconnect automatically, causing the power cuts.
“We would have expected the system to cope with this size of loss of generation,” an EnAppSys spokesman said. “This implies that there may have been [other] issues at the time of the trips.”
After the outage, a Transport for London (TfL) spokeswoman said some traffic lights were not working in the capital but the scale of the problem was not immediately clear. Police officers could be called in to “manage the busy junctions, to physically manage them themselves”, she said.
Traffic lights were also affected in Bradford, the bus operator First West Yorks said. One social media user said it was “like GTA [Grand Theft Auto] out here” as a result.
‘A Hotter Future That’s Hard to Imagine’: Super-Charged by Climate Crisis, New Study Warns of ‘Killer Heat’ Set to Overtake US
Killer Heat in the
Climate Choices and the Future
of Dangerously Hot Days
Yes, IN TIME indeed, IN TIME to start fires by satellite with this absurd cover story.