Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies Commission. AARP presentation 02.04.2008. Alachua County Commission.
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AARP presentation 02.04.2008
“To draft a comprehensive report on energy use, its relationship to climate change and local socio-economic impacts, including actions that can be implemented by the Board of County Commissioners and the community at large.”
Twelve energy conservation experts
“Possess demonstrated expertise and/or advanced training in the areas of energy demand side management, LEED or Green Building Code standards, renewable energy technologies, or a related field.”
One representative of the University of Florida
One former elected City of Gainesville Commissioner
One former elected Alachua County Commissioner
One alternate position
Energy Conservation experts
University of Florida Representative
Former elected City of Gainesville Commissioner
Former elected Alachua County Commissioner
Over 200 years of collective experience
Climate change refers to the variation in the Earth's global climate or in regional climates over time. It describes changes in the variability or average state of the atmosphere over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by processes internal to the Earth, external forces (e.g. variations in sunlight intensity) and, more recently, human activities.
“Peak Oil means not 'running out of oil', but 'running out of cheap oil'. For societies leveraged on ever increasing amounts of cheap oil, the consequences may be dire.”
Energy Bulletin: http://www.energybulletin.net/primer.php
Oct 2001: $19.13/barrel $1.44/gallon gas
Oct 2007: $73.65/barrel $2.84/gallon gas
Oct 2001: $612
Oct 2007: $750
2001: 8.63 cents/kWh
2007: 10.61 cents/kWh
Therefore, to better prepare the United States for a peak and decline in oil production, we are recommending that the Secretary of Energy take the lead, in coordination with other relevant federal agencies, to establish a peak oil strategy.”
Descending the Oil Peak: Navigating the Transition from Oil and Natural Gas pg 51 http ://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=145732
Driving the Future of Energy Security http://lugar.senate.gov/energy/graphs/oilimport.html
Descending the Oil Peak: Navigating the Transition from Oil and Natural Gas pgs 55-56
Some ECSC initial themes:
Commercial, Governmental, Industrial & Institutional Buildings
Goal:Reduce energy consumption and maximize efficiencies in existing buildings. Develop ‘best practices’ for new County buildings and leased Alachua County facilities. Focus on the jail, which is 50% of Alachua County’s total energy consumption.
Residential Buildings (inc. Low-Income Housing & Rental Properties)
Goal:Reduce high utility bills and consumption of energy wasted by inefficiencies. Solutions will be quantifiable, based on current building science, and implementable. Work with community partners to leverage existing capital and volunteer expertise.
“Data from the US Energy Information Administration illustrates that buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of all energy consumption and GHG emissions annually; globally the percentage is even greater.”
“Seventy-six percent (76%) of all power plant-generated electricity is used just to operate buildings. Clearly, immediate action in the Building Sector is essential if we are to avoid hazardous climate change.”
Top Ten Energy Consuming Buildings
Buildings in Alachua County Government
Bringing the Global Perspective Home:
Creating a case for high performance green buildings in Alachua County government.
Land Use & Transportation
Goal: To plan and adapt to community threats and opportunities, and recommend policies and strategies designed to create integrated, sustainable ‘best practices’.
Alachua County Government
Review of Alachua County Fleet Management; Looking at number type and fuel consumption of vehicles.
2007 Alachua County
1998 Alachua County
Locally-applicable Alternative Energy Options
Goal: Increase use of renewable energy sources applicable within Alachua County.
Waste & Energy Implications
Goal: Use waste materials for creation of locally-needed products; and/or power production. Consider examples of other communities (i.e., the City of Bern, Switzerland uses methane extracted from municipal sewage sludge to power city buses.)