• February 19, 2016 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    CLOSING SOON: Written Testimony for Caltrans Disparity Study 

    The deadline to submit written testimony for Caltrans’ Disparity Study is by close of business on March 15, 2016.

    We encourage you to participate in our Study by sharing your experience working in the California public highway construction and professional service industries. 

    CALTRANS’ 2015 DISPARITY STUDY – Request for Written Testimony

    What is a Disparity Study?

    • Examines participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in public contracting
    • Measures the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses for public contracts
    • Assesses local marketplace conditions for small businesses and minority- and women-owned businesses

    BBC Research & Consulting, Caltrans' Disparity Study (Study) consultant, is gathering anecdotal information for the Study.

    Caltrans encourages you to submit written testimony to share:

    • Your experiences working in the local marketplace
    • Your personal accounts and perceptions of incidents – including incidents of discrimination
    • Ways Caltrans can better support small, minority-, and women-owned businesses

    Please e-mail your written testimony to

    You may also forward your testimony via US Mail to Caltrans’ Disparity Study, OBEO, 1823 14th Street, Sacramento CA 95811 or via fax to Caltrans’ Disparity Study at 916.324.1869. (Your personal information will remain confidential to the extent permitted by law.) The deadline to submit testimony is March 15, 2016.

    Questions about the Study may also be e-mailed to

  • January 08, 2016 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    The San Francisco Airport Commission & Airport Director John L. Martin cordially invite Industry Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce to

    San Francisco International Airport


    Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016
    Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Aviation Museum
    International Terminal, Departures Level, Adjacent to Boarding Area "A"


    Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.
    RSVPs are limited to two senior representatives per organization. Please RSVP by January 18, 2016 to
    For more information, contact Dana Lang, Small Business Affairs Officer at (650) 821-5021.

    Parking will be validated. Use International Terminal Parking Garage A.
    Please bring your parking ticket with you.

  • September 24, 2015 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    At its Annual Dinner Gala on October 15, 2015, the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association (AAAE) will present an award to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as a Community Partner and to Mr. Geoff Neumayr, SFO’s Deputy Director of Design and Construction, recognizing SFO’s longstanding commitment to conducting outreach in the SBE/LBE/DBE communities and diversifying SFO sponsored contracts. Mr. Ivar Satero, SFO’s Chief Operating Officer will be accepting the award on SFO’s behalf.

    SFO has long been the champion for our community. Since undertaking the design and construction of the International Terminal in the 1990s, SFO has been the leader among all Bay Area government agencies in providing equal contracting opportunities for small, local, minority, and woman-owned architects and engineers, going above and beyond City and agency requirements. SFO has consistently responded positively to our needs and concerns, and has implemented creative incentives to encourage the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in its contracts, including major design-build efforts. As a result, many San Francisco-based architectural and engineering firms have thrived and prospered. 

    As a non-profit business organization with a mission to promote and practice equal opportunity, professional excellence, and social responsibility, AAAE very much appreciates SFO’s efforts and is honored that it shares those values.

    AAAE’s 38th Annual Dinner Gala takes place at the on Thursday, October 15, from 6 to 9 pm at the InterContinental Hotel located at 888 Howard Street in San Francisco. If you would like to attend, please click here to register.

  • September 10, 2015 12:43 PM | Anonymous



    High Rise Residential Housing Development

    and Mid Rise Office Development including

    Retail and Structured Parking

    Related California (“Developer”) is seeking firms interested in providing professional services, including engineering and related services, for the design and construction of approximately 525 multi-family apartment units (a 39-story tower and two podium buildings), 60,000 square feet of retail and a 466,000 square foot office building, including a 16-story tower and an 8-story wing. The structures will be separated by a public concourse.  Related will develop the residential project to a LEED Silver standard, the office project to LEED Gold and will employ high performance design strategies to address first cost and operating costs for mechanical systems.  The structural system will be engineered using a performance-based design approach.

    Pre-Submittal Workshop:

    (Attendance Optional)

    Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:00-11:30AM PST

    1 South Van Ness, 2nd Floor

    San Francisco CA 94103


    To RSVP for the Pre-Submittal Workshop,

    please visit the following link:

    To access the RFQ for Professional Services,

    RFQ Submittals Due:

    Thursday, Sept. 10th, 2015 by 4:00PM PST


    Local Business Enterprises (LBE)s, including MBEs and WBEs, are encouraged to submit qualifications.


    Contact: Monica Wilson at

  • August 12, 2015 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    Pre-Bid Conference for Request for Qualifications

    for Environmental and Engineering Services

    RFQ No. HSR 15-34

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Milton Marks Auditorium

    455 Golden Gate Avenue

    San Francisco, CA 94102

    The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is seeking Statements of Qualifications for Environmental and Engineering Services for the San Francisco to San Jose and San Jose to Merced project sections.

    The Authority intends to enter into a contract with a qualified firm to provide professional services required for the completion of the environmental documentation and preliminary engineering for the corridor. The resulting contract will include the Board-adopted 30 percent Small Business participation goal.

    Please join representatives from the Authority at this Pre-Bid Conference to network and learn more about the requirements of the contract, how to submit statements and the importance of small business participation.

    Meeting Schedule

    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sign-In & Networking

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Formal Presentation

     Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director

     Alice Rodriguez, Small Business Advocate

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking

    Meeting facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities. For additional information or assistance,

    please call 408-277-1086 or email

  • July 15, 2015 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is required to submit its overall annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal and methodology to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is seeking public comment on its proposed 2016-2018 overall DBE goal and methodology.

    Caltrans encourages the public to provide comments regarding its proposed overall DBE goal as well as their experience competing for or working on Caltrans projects.  We also welcome suggestions on ways to improve contracting opportunities for DBEs and small businesses.
    Caltrans’ 2016-2018 overall DBE goal and methodology will be posted for 30 days.  It is available on the Office of Business and Economic Opportunity (OBEO) website at  A copy will also be available during regular business hours at the OBEO, located at 1823 14th Street, Sacramento, California.
    During the 30-day public comment period, comments may be provided via:
    Fax:  916.324.1869
    Mail:  Caltrans OBEO, 2016-2018 DBE G&M, 1823 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
    The proposed overall DBE goal for federal fiscal years 2016-2018 is 12.5 percent for FHWA-funded projects.  Caltrans used information from its 2012 Availability and Disparity Study (Study) as well as current contract data to establish its 2016-2018 overall DBE goal.  The Study is available on the OBEO website:
    Caltrans will incorporate your comments into its overall DBE goal and methodology submission; they may also be used to improve the effectiveness of the Caltrans’ DBE program.
    Submit your comments today!
    **Please note that in order to maximize our outreach, we are using multiple e-mail distribution lists and apologize in advance if you receive multiple copies of this announcement.**

  • May 29, 2015 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    Photos of AAPI Heritage Month 2015/AAAE 21st Annual Golf Tournament on May 21, 2015 hosted by ASIAN, Inc.; Asian American Architects and Engineers; Filipino Architects, Contractors and Engineers are up on ASIAN, INC's Facebook page.

    Matthew Huey, Vernon Takahashi and Robert Chan of MH Construction Management are the champions!

    Our first-ever AAPI Heritage Month Golf Tournament, building on the success of the decades-long golfing tradition of the the Asian American Architects and Engineers, featured a diverse field of 20 teams. Thank you to all teams for their support!


  • May 29, 2015 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    "Breakfast of Champions 2015 Education Grant Application", is now available On-Line, click here to download the application:

    BOC encourages and supports educational endeavors.  Applicant program must be non-profit located within Alameda or Contra Costa County, must be involved in educating within the architectural, engineering, planning, environmental and/or construction disciplines.  Please pass on this email to anyone who may be interested to apply. 


    Grant application is due Thursday, June 25, 2015 by 5:00p.m. (No Exceptions)

    Recipient(s) will be notified by July 31, 2015


    Grant Criteria and Timeline:

    1. Grant value is: minimum $2,500 – maximum $5,000
    2. Grant application is due Thursday, June 25, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. 
    3. Recipient(s) will be notified July 31, 2015
    4. Money will be provided by January 29, 2016
    5. All applicants must be in Alameda and/or Contra Costa County
    6. Applicant program must be in involved in educating within the architectural, engineering, planning, environmental and/or construction disciplines
    7. Grant recipient(s) will be available to participate in at least ONE meeting prior to award, generally at the October, 2015 event
    8. Grant recipient(s) must be available for formal presentation at BOC meeting January 28, 2016


    Address all questions and/or comments to:

    Beth Power, BOC Advisor

    Breakfast of Champions

    Ph:  (916) 698-6344



    Send the completed document package to:

    Connie Ng-Wong, BOC Advisor

    c/o Port of Oakland

    530 Water Street

    Oakland, CA 94607

    Ph:  (510) 627-1390




    BOC Home Page:



  • April 20, 2015 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Creating ZeroNetEnergy Buildings with Off-the-Shelf Technologies

    APRIL 23, 2015


    8:15 -to- 5pm


    Admission price for attending in person varies whether or not you want CEUs from the American Institute of Architects.  CaliforniaGeo a registered educational provider for AIA, and seven Learning Units are available for in-person or webinar attendees.  California will demand that new housing achieves ZNE by 2020, with new commercial buildings by 2030.  Will you be ready?

    Full details on pricing and purchase are waiting at EventBritewhere credit card payment is accepted.  20 seats are available for in-person participants from non-profits, academic institutions, utilities, and CA state agencies for $35 (including lunch).  The remaining 60 seats are priced at $150 (also w/lunch).  CEU credits are extra.



    Getting started with implementation of efficiency and greenhouse gas goals

    Mark Z. JacobsonProfessor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Director, Atmosphere Energy Program, Stanford University

    Dr. Jacobson will share the results of his team’s research to effect California’s transition to a carbonless, energy economy by 2050 with generation by wind, water, and solar renewables.  The capital costs would be offset by increasingly affordable renewable electricity against the fossil fuels paradigm, and the remarkable boost by a reduction in the social costs of atmospheric pollution and pre-mature mortality.

    Three of the most significant problems facing California and the world, today

    • Global Warming
    • Air Pollution
    • Energy Insecurity

    Technical and economic plans for a California conversion to a renewable electric economy

    • 100% renewably powered
    • Exclusively by wind, water, and sunlight
    • For all purposes—electricity, transportation, industry and HVAC
    • Energy efficiency measures a first priority

    The schedule for achieving this

    • All new energy to be WWS by 2020
    • Approximately 80-85% conversion of existing energy by 2030
    • 100% renewable WWS by 2050 brings many benefits
    • Grid stability can be achieved and maintained along this path


    Energy Efficiency 2.0: A Prerequisite for Achieving our ZNE and GHG Goals

    Dian GrueneichSenior Research Scholar, Stanford University, CPUC Commissioner Emeritus 

    California’s regulation and policy menu has evolved well beyond the original Title-24 that established an energy use budget per square foot.  The metrics for true efficiency have now incorporated advanced lighting, timing of electricity use, reductions in greenhouse gas production, and the reach for Zero Net Energy in all building types.  This regulatory/policy veteran will share the why and how of that path ahead.

    Getting to ZNE, California’s ZNE vision and goals

    • Why are we doing this?
    • State’s goals
    • 2008 EE Strategic Plan

    Regulatory and Program Barriers

    • What has the first generation of EE accomplished?
    • California’s policy and regulatory framework for delivering EE
    • Challenges to achieving ZNE in California's buildings

    EE 2.0: The Next Generation of Energy Efficiency

    • EE’s changing role and value
    • Major opportunities for savings
    • The need to update policies and governance


    Can Natural Gas contribute to Getting to ZNE? A bridge to nowhere: 

    methane emissions and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas

    Robert W. Howarth  Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University (Via live video feed)

    This research veteran will share his conclusion that increased building thermal efficiency that still relies on natural gas is a false hope.  The shift from coal to gas has been over-sold as an energy panacea for the nation’s climate, pollution, and health problems.  Only the shift to renewables can get us the efficiencies we need, without the toxic side-effects of a lingering fossil economy.

    Where does the idea of natural gas as a bridge fuel come from?

    • Carbon dioxide emissions from using natural gas are less than from coal and oil
    • The two faces of carbon: emissions of both carbon dioxide and methane are critical to global warming
    • Methane and carbon dioxide operate in fundamentally different ways in warming the planet, and at different time scales

    Methane emissions from natural gas

    • Data for natural gas systems were extremely limited before 2011
    • Emissions from coal and oil are relatively low, normalized to energy value
    • Many new studies over past 3 years indicate very high emissions from natural gas systems, both at well sites and from storage and distribution systems
    • Methane emissions from shale gas are even larger than from conventional natural gas, and shale gas is an increasingly large percentage of total natural gas 

    Assessing the full greenhouse gas footprint

    • Comparison of carbon dioxide and methane requires an explicit choice of time frame
    • A decadal time frame is important, because of greatly increasing risk of irreversible climate change as tipping points hit in next 15 to 35 years
    • Using best estimate of methane emissions and 20-year time frame, conventional natural gas has large global warming impact than coal or oil
    • Greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas is the largest by far for any fossil fuel   -- natural gas is no bridge fuel.



    Cradle to Cradle®

      Design for Energy Positive Places: Nike, NASA, and More

    David M. JohnsonAIA, Partner | Managing Director, William McDonough + Partners

    California’s current goals for sustainability are increasingly aggressive.  Applying the Cradle to Cradle® framework for design has never been as appropriate as it is today.  Planning ahead with an eye toward recyclable and reusable building materials can carry a building’s efficiencies well beyond the energy and raw materials it will consume throughout it’s life cycle.

    The Cradle to Cradle® framework as design philosophy

    • Beyond energy efficiency, beyond zero energy: getting to positive
    • Net Energy Positive @ NASA Sustainability Base
    • Net Energy Positive @ Nike EU Headquarters
    • Design for continuous improvement
    • The role of geothermal solutions


    Achieving ZNE+W Design at the Building and District scale with Geothermal System

    Marco Alves, P.E., PAE Engineers

    Sustainability is the opportunity for people occupying working or living space to maximize working/living efficiency with maximum comfort and minimal environmental impact to all the earth’s resources. PAE continues its award-winning efforts to advance this cause in a wider variety of building types and site locations.  This segment features how they approach that task, how they’ve achieved it, and the role of geothermal heat pumps in their efforts to increase the number and notoriety of the world’s best-performing buildings.

    Holistic approach to ZNE+W design

    • Know your site resources (climate and other site resources analysis)
    • Envelope design for ZNE+W design
    • Internal loads (site energy and water use)
    • Geo-Exchange and system selection for ZNE+W design
    • Integrated design of systems
    • Renewable energy generation
    • Water capture and re-use


    The Energy (EUI), Water (WUI), and Geo-Exchange nexus

    • CA ZNE plan
    • Energy and water use in CA
    • Saving energy, saves water, saves energy
    • System selection options
    • Geo-Exchange = Energy & Water savings

    Bullitt: ZNE+W design at the building scale

    RMI: ZNE Positive design at the building scale

    Whitestripes: ZNE+W design at the district scale


    Honda Smart Home, Designing a Vision for Zero Carbon Living and Personal Mobility 

    Michael KoenigProject Leader, Honda Smart Home, American Honda Motor Co, Inc.

    Environmental Business Development Office  Honda Smart Home US

    Honda has always strived for the highest mileage in every vehicle class they produce.  Now, they have taken that principle to the highest possible level, marrying the electric car (80% net efficiency) to the Smart Home concept to produce carbon-free ZNE living.  See how the Honda Smart Home powers both itself AND your transportation!


    Residential ZNE Case Study - Overview of the project 

    • Technical concerns with ZNE 
    • HEMS system 
    • GHP system to lower house loads 
    • Passive design for total system efficiency 
    • Efficiency and quality of life through lighting 
    • Sustainability is more than just ZNE 
    • How to move the needle to help make this future a reality


    Passive and Active Design Steps as Key Tools for Getting to ZNE

    Bruce Baccei, Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Energy R&D, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    Every new building has the opportunity at it’s design stage to minimize energy consumption by using passive features to make it a solar collector, and a daylighting collector to minimize interior loads.  Other active choices in materials and thermal distribution can cut building demand and please anyone’s electric utility.  These steps were incorporated in SMUD’s new service center, along with use of underground thermal resources.  This utility sees the potential of geothermal heat pump technology to improve its load factor while reducing grid demand.

    Energy Efficiency + Passive & Active Solar Thermal, Geothermal + PV/Wind = Net Zero

    Energy Efficiency 

    Passive Solar (Summer Night Cooling & Winter Heating) 

    • Orientation
    • South facing glass
    • Thermal Mass

    Solar Thermal

    Solar Hot Water

    Space Heating

    Geothermal – ground loop or swimming pool

    • Sacramento Municipal Utility District case studies
    • Trumbly Diagonal horizontal-bore retrofit geothermal project
    • SMUD’s East Campus Geo with Radiant Ceiling Delivery Heating & Cooling


    Optimizing Solar Photovoltaics with Geothermal Heat Pumps

    Paul BonyDirector of Residential Market Development & Western Regional Sales, ClimateMaster, and CaliforniaGeo Board Member

    Your current (or next) building can benefit from what’s become a near-perfect partnership of renewable energy by solar and underground resources as you head for serious energy reductions or all the way to True ZNE.  Learn how the sky and the earth can provide the solution both you and your grid utility will love.  Carbonless buildings are the future, and these mature technologies are here today (solar PV, solar thermal, and geothermal heat pumps).  They work well in every U.S. climate, so what are YOU waiting for?


    Efficient construction, GHPs and solar technologies can provide all the annual energy needed for a building today with net metering.

    • GHPs optimize carbon free electrical use while eliminating fossil fuel thermal loads
    • GHPs minimizing the investment needed in solar capacity to make 100% of the needed carbonless energy on-site so Geothermal heat pumps powered by on-site solar PV can get you to carbonless ZNE for the lowest lifecycle cost
    • GHPs shave peaks late in the day when solar comes off line, optimizing the societal value of the system

    With thermal storage, GHPs can become the lowest cost  solution to the “Duck Curve” challenge 

    Utilities can make the investment needed to power the GHP solution and make a solid rate of return, dodging the death spiral

    • GHPs are cost effective, especially with new loop/heat transfer technologies, economies of scale  and long term institutional financing
    • GHPs save water vs. direct and indirect cooling





    Zero Net Energy Multi-Family Case Study with Geothermal Heat Pumps at Parkview Place, Davis, CA

    Dick BourneVice President, Integrated Comfort, Inc.

    This five-unit, senior living ZNE project was completed in late 2013 for less than $180 per square foot.  It uses a single ground loop with a single heat pump that provides heating and cooling through individually-plumbed, radiant floors.  Hot water pre-heat is handled both by the GHPs and solar thermal collection.  There is no natural gas onsite, and shallow helical coils for the ground loop represent a highly affordable, evolutionary technology.  All electrical needs came from the solar PV system, and the project generated surplus Kilowatt-hours to the utility in its first operating year.


    Multifamily project in Davis California, completed in late 2013 

    • Developed by four senior couples- a social experiment!
    • Has achieved cost-effective true zero net energy (ZNE) 
    • Construction cost was less than $180/sq. ft. 
    • No natural gas onsite; GHP system using shallow helical coils and radiant floors
    • GHP system also provides auxiliary water heating, supplements solar thermal


    Geo Helix Loop— Expanding the Market for True ZNE

    • The Geo Helix concept and application range
    • Pros: Lower cost, less thermal “interference”, reduced site impact
    • Cons: Missing deep earth, water table; soil & density constraints; less proven
    • Equipment and installation options
    • Rules of Thumb: coils per ton, coil & borehole spacing 



    Geothermal Heat Pumps:  A Pathway to ZNE for Schools, Homes and Businesses

    Lisa Meline, P.E. Meline Engineering, Co-Chair, IGSHPA Industry Standards Committee, former Chair, CaliforniaGeo

    From the federal government to our local schools, ZeroNetEnergy is no longer a ‘nice to have’ for facilities and maintenance personnel, it’s becoming a requirement.  From the Santa Monica Mountains (National Park Service housing) to the East Bay’s Ohlone College, public building projects are being developed to meet lowest life cycle costs through ZNE.  Prop 39 is one of the funding sources being used to help schools, specifically.  Both projects represent these early adopters’ use of geothermal heat pumps.

    • Definition of ZNE for National Park Service Project
    • Transition with a discussion of homes
    • RPS goals and how applying the renewable technologies to achieve ZNE also help us  achieve the state’s energy production targets
    • Discuss Ohlone Community College geothermal heat pump project
    • What makes a competent design team?
    • How should financial (and on-going maintenance requirements!) metrics be obtained within feasibility studies?



    How close are California’s actions for Zero Net Energy to its policies?

    What technologies get us to a TRUE ZNE future without carbon?

    Bill Martin, Principal, Martin Energetics, CaliforniaGeo Board Chair Instructor, Feather River College (retired)


    Who are we kidding when we accept California’s Zero Net Energy and AB 32 compliance as zero net (electricity only)?  The statutes and regulations are clear about (carbonless) ZNE in new buildings in less than five years.  Why aren’t we?  Despite Title-24’s proposed 2016 regulations to require natural gas use where it is available, Bill reaches for True ZNE in his conventional home within California’s Climate Zone 16.  No wood, oil, or bottled gas is consumed in this geothermal heat pump-equipped, solar PV home, using energy only from the sky and the earth.


    CaliforniaGeo’s definition of TRUE ZNE

    • There are serious goals for 2020, 2030, and 2050, and WE should be equally serious
    • We promote the acceleration of carbonless technology
    • Codes & standards based on a sloppy ZNE definition wastes our opportunities
    • Zero net electricity (only) is not progress and only winks at AB 32’s goals
    • Carbonless use of earth and sky for on-site thermal & electric loads is the right path


    Where do Predicted Extensions of Title-24 in 2016 take us?

    • A prescriptive requirement for use of gas takes us away from True ZNE
    • Bias for gas unless you prove you have a better compliance idea
    • There is no compliance pathway for geothermal heat pumps
    • If equipment is the most efficient, why not accept nameplate performance?


    What I chose to do on my own: I chose to reach for carbonless ZNE in my new home

    • Conventional construction w/enhanced envelope and efficient lighting
    • Geothermal heat pump (3-ton) paired with 7.4 net KW solar PV for 3,265 sf
    • Four horizontal Slinky® ground loops @7-foot depth
    • All electric, PG&E E-6 TOU rate
    • No oil, gas, wood, or combustion on-site


    Getting to Zero Net Energy Through Market Transformation from a Utility Perspective

    Peter TurnbullPrincipal ZNE Program Manager, PG&E, Co-Chair, 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum

    Pacific Gas & Electric has been leading the nation’s electric utilities in the deployment of renewable electricity generation.  That achievement (which conforms with California’s RPS goals) was earned not just by saying “yes,” ideologically.  The residential NEM (Net Energy Metering) Program that residential customers have come to love produces real challenges during parts of the day and parts of the year.  The grid we are all using more as a battery must be maintained and made more flexible to accept all we want to pour into it.  Peter’s presentation will celebrate the drive toward carbonless ZNE while showing us the challenges faced by utilities as we all work to keep the grid humming with less carbon.  Of course geothermal heat pumps will play an increasing role!


    There are three important cost considerations for ZNE “at scale”

    • Least cost, efficient building design
    • The cost/configuration of renewables matters
    • The cost of grid integration matters, too


    Example of Community Scale— UC Davis West Village

    • Progress toward CPUC goals for res and commercial const by 2020-30
    • West Village got energy efficiency and solar incentives from PG&E
    • Current performance is 85% of ZNE


    PG&E metrics on renewable electricity incorporation to the grid

    • Currently 150,000 distributed generation customers w/renewables
    • Forecast fourfold increase in 10 years to 6,300 MW
    • Currently 4,000 new solar PV customers per month
    • New EV (electric vehicle) registrations in service area 4,800 per month


    Challenges to a flexible, healthy and efficient grid from utility point of view

    • Commercial blogs w/solar only vs those with EE, DR, plus solar
    • The role of line sensors in grid health monitoring
    • Guiding principles for renewable power to the grid:


    Utility Interests

    • Reliable, safe grid management. w/ high customer satisfaction
    • Seek lowest cost solutions to keep rates down
    • Collect revenues (in a de-coupled environment) adequate to cover costs
    • Support and implement regulatory policy
    • Since the 1970s, energy efficiency has avoided 30 new CA power plants


    Details of the Duck Curve (A CA Independent Operator Projection)

    • The more renewable electricity to the grid the steeper the ramp peak
    • The deeper the duck’s belly, the steeper the post-solar ramp up
    • Conventional power plants must be less flexible “spinning reserve”
    • Inability to smooth the duck means curtailment of renewable generation


    Public Policy Challenges to Using Geothermal Heat Pumps as a ZNE Tool

     Doug Dougherty, President & CEO, GEO: The Geothermal Exchange Organization

    As superior as geothermal heat pump technology has been proven to be, far too many barriers to its utilization still exist.  If we want significant progress in California (or anywhere) toward maximum energy efficiency or reduced greenhouse gases, it’s time for this rogue’s gallery of obstructions to be cleared.  See how California stacks up against the public energy policy leadership of Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Illinois.  California was once the national energy policy leader.  What happened?

    • Failure of the federal government to recognize GHPs as a source of clean energy, i.e., thermal energy
    • Roadblocks to ZNE created by Stale laws PUC
    • Misapplication of arcane fuel switching prohibitions
    • Omissions from investor owned electric utilities renewable energy portfolios by failing to embrace thermal energy as renewable
    • Lack of GHP technology knowledge by third party administrators of state EE and RE programs
    • Defining a closed loop ground heat exchanger as a well is statutes, codes and standards
    • Flawed applications of efficiency ratings
    • Failure to follow California's leadership by adopting climate zone data at the state level
    • U.S. Market Analysis and Trends
    • Examples of Public Policy Leadership: Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois

  • February 24, 2015 12:10 PM | Anonymous



    The Port of Oakland (the Port) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from qualified architect engineer firms/teams (Consultants) to provide services for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the building improvements of the International Arrivals Building (IAB) at the Oakland International Airport (OAK).

    Pre-Proposal Meeting: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Exhibit Room, 1st Floor

    Port of Oakland Building

    530 Water Street, Oakland, CA

    Statement of Qualifications Due Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

    The Port has posted this Request for Qualifications in digital format on a hosting website that can be accessed via the “Current RFP’s/RFQ’s: Port of Oakland Engineering Department” link at the following URL:

    Consultants submitting SOQs should carefully review the requirements of this RFQ to ensure that they meet all of the stated requirements.

    Questions should be directed to the following individuals:




    E-Mail Address


    Mike Morley

    510-627-1265 (p)

    510-444-5381 (f)

    Living Wage

    Connie Ng-Wong



    Donna Cason


    Insurance Requirements

    Betsy Ross


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