VIDEO. From the City of Half Moon Bay Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 at 7:00pm by Zoom.
Complete Agenda Report for 6/14/2022
The State legislature and Governor(s) have created legislation, rules, and executive orders to create a framework for ambitious statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The following is a list of some of the more prominent guiding policy documents:
• Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) – established the goal of reducing GHG emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030
• Executive Order (EO) B-55-18 – established the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 at the latest and maintaining net negative emissions from that point forward
• Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) – requires a 100% clean electric grid by 2045
The City is currently in the process of preparing its first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). This plan will provide an inventory of emissions, estimates of future unmitigated emissions, and policies/implementation measures to reduce GHG into the future. Notably, as of 2017, energy and transportation represent the greatest amount of GHG emissions in Half Moon Bay. Approximately 49% of all GHG emissions are from energy (80% of these emissions from Natural Gas/Propane use in buildings) and 44% of all GHG emissions are from transportation. The City is in the process of updating its GHG emission inventory and should have an updated inventory categorizing 2019 emissions later this summer. The Planning Commission held a study session on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan in January 2021 as that effort was getting underway.
In 2016, San Mateo County and all 20 of its cities and towns voted unanimously to form Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), a community-controlled, not-for-profit, joint powers agency. The formation of PCE has provided the City with a cheaper and convenient way to move away from fossil fuel powered electricity. As of January 2021, PCE is able to provide GHG-free energy to all customers through wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower sources. PCE’s ability to provide clean energy to all customers has led many jurisdictions within their service area to adopt measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels, such as via “reach” codes. 1 With this cleaner electricity generation, the replacement of natural gas and propane appliances with electric alternatives has the potential to significantly reduce building energy related GHG emissions.
After extensive public outreach and participation, the City Council adopted the EV/PV Reach Code on December 21, 2021 and the Building Electrification Ordinance on February 15, 2022. The Building Electrification Ordinance became effective on March 17, 2022. The EV/PV Reach Code must receive California Energy Commission (CEC) approval before it can become effective. At the time of this staff report, the CEC has not yet provided a date where the Ordinance may be considered for approval. The provisions of the EV/PV Reach Code will be included within the updated 2022 Building Code to be adopted in late 2022.
HMB Building Electrification OrdinanceATTACHMENT_1_--_Building_Electrification_Ordinance
HMB Electric Vehicle (EV)/Photovoltaic (PV) Reach CodeATTACHMENT_2_--_EVPV_Reach_Code
City Half Moon Bay Planning Commission Meeting ~ 2nd and 4th Tuesdays @ 7:00pm
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City Council of Half Moon Bay Meets ~ 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00pm
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