domingo, abril 12, 2009

Zero-Energy Homes Should Not Be Mandated

This comment is posted under the article New Calif. homes would have to be energy producers, by Steve Lawrence in Silicon Valley's

First posted on the GMH Blog on April 12th, 2009


Please tell state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana to ask for a complete overhaul of the power industry structure and rules.

I agree that new buildings can and may be designed with the concept of zero-net energy all over the world. I disagree that they should be mandated, as every customer should be able to exert its choice.

Anyhow, there are important barriers to be overcome for zero/net energy and the most critical one is the investor owned utilities’ framework. California deregulation was set to disprove concepts such as zero-net energy buildings to extend the obsolete supply side business model of utilities.

What California, and all other global jurisdictions, need is to reform the utilities’ framework to allow for innovation not just on the supply side, but essentially in the demand side. Please take a look at the EWPC article "Forget Demand Side management (DSM); Think Demand Side Innovation (DSI) ." at the internet address

DSM is a utility concept design to maintain the obsolete and monopolistic business model of winning rate case to the regulator, when what are needed are business model innovations similar to those of the computer industry that emerge under competition. Zero-net energy building will not need to be mandated at all, they will emerge organically as DSI’s when the 20 years old awaited reform is enacted.

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Closing Coal-Fired Plants Quickly

This is a comment I posted under the post Closing coal-fired plants quickly a fairy tale, by Jos Lesscher, in the Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, in reference to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declarations.

First posted on the GMH Blog on April 12th, 2009

Closing coal plans quickly is not a fairy tail; it is a must to confront a human made tragedy of the commons. What is a fairy tail is doing it with just wind as silver bullet. Many means are available to confront the tragedy by closing coal plants quickly. To close them we must first reform the energy policy to enable Demand Side Innovations (DSI).

Such reform transforms regulated utilities into regulated transportation (physical transmission and distribution) only utilities that sets the limits available while keeping high system performance. The varying time and space capacity available defines a market which may be limited from time to time at given locations. The development of DSI will help develop transactions in an open market, where innovation emerges just as in the information technology industry. Carbon taxes will help in the solution to the tragedy of the commons.

For more details, please look at the EWPC Blog at the Internet address