Helping California Make Zero Net Energy Buildings a Reality

Southern California Edison is studying the impact of energy neutral homes on its electrical distribution grid.
Jun 16, 2015 10:40 PM ET

Dahlia loves her Zero Net Energy single-family home in Ontario, California, a building where the annual energy consumption is no greater than its annual renewable energy generation.

“All my friends want one now because I’ve been so happy,” said Dahlia, who asked that only her first name be used. “I tell them you can have one too, in 2020.”

California’s elected officials and energy regulators — along with home builders, appliance makers and clean energy advocates — are hoping there are millions more homebuyers like Dahlia.

That’s because the state, as part of its drive to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is aiming for all new residential construction to achieve Zero Net Energy performance levels by 2020. By 2030, the goal is for all new commercial buildings, and 50 percent of existing commercial floor space, to meet Zero Net Energy performance levels.

With the state promoting mass adoption of Zero Net Energy buildings, Southern California Edison (SCE) is helping California move closer to achieving its ambitious goals and timelines.

Read the full story in Edison's Online Newsroom.