California aims for greener, cleaner buildings

California continues efforts to become a green state. (shutterstock)

Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu | January 4rd, 2018

The state of California is attempting to further their cause for green energy. Throughout 2017, the state released policies through a bill aimed at reducing the use of gas and electricity in their major buildings, following a report from 2016 that listed California’s commercial and residential buildings as some top contributors to carbon emissions in the United States.

The move includes an efficiency policy proposed by the CEC (California Energy Commission), which establishes “energy targets” for gas and electricity–key amounts that buildings should try not to go over if they want to continue being energy-efficient.

The move also proposes replacing some gas-powered utilities with electricity-powered ones, like water heating.

The overall goal of the bill is to reduce California carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

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