The energy we use to cool, light, and heat the commercial buildings in Encinitas contributes to our changing climate. When we burn fossil fuels like natural gas and use electricity generated from fossil fuels, we create greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we also increase smog and impact public health. There are many programs and incentives to help businesses reduce their energy use and save money.
Energy from different sources is measured in different ways – electricity is measured in kWh and natural gas in therms. To better understand and compare total energy use, we often convert these different measures into a common denominator they all convert to- million British Thermal Units (MMBTU).
Total Commercial Energy Use
The graph at the left shows the total energy use from commercial buildings in Encinitas. The three lines represent the actual energy consumption from commercial buildings in 2012 and 2013 (black line); the projected consumption levels for 2020 and 2030 (purple line) under a business as usual scenario- meaning the City takes no further action to encourage reductions; and finally the targeted levels the City aims to get to for 2020 and 2030 (taupe line) once the actions from the Climate Action Plan have been implemented.
Projected Energy (MMBTU) Reduction Opportunities
The Encinitas Climate Action Plan (CAP) has identified two ways to reduce energy use in our commercial buildings. The first of these is through having new commercial buildings and those going through major alterations meet the 2016 California Green Building Standards. The second way the City looks to promote commercial energy reductions is through installing a number of solar hot water heaters.
This graph shows the impact these two programs we will have on commercial energy consumption if we successfully meet our objectives in 2020 and 2030. The City is currently working on programs to make the adoption of these methods easier for Encinitas’ businesses.
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Community Choice Energy Programs allow cities to purchase electricity on behalf of residents & businesses. This provides the community choices regarding the source of the power and the cost. Encinitas is currently developing its own program. Stay on top of all the latest progress.More Information
The San Diego Association of Environmental Professionals recognized Encinitas’ 2018 Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the distinguished award of Outstanding Planning Document of the Year. The CAP was acknowledged for its exceptional clarity, accessibility, and environmentally sound design elements.Full Article
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