San Diego approves ‘complete communities’ housing incentives
The San Diego Union-Tribune – November 9
Housing developers in San Diego just got new incentives to build “complete communities” that include neighborhood amenities, instead of just building housing units by themselves. Council members praised the new incentives, which would allow developers to build more housing units if they agree to boost transit options near a project or if they add amenities like parks or promenades nearby.
States sue DOE over outdated energy efficiency standards
Courthouse News Service – November 9
Citing dozens of outdated energy efficiency standards, 14 states, including California, accused the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this Monday of frustrating their efforts to realize their climate change policy goals.
S.F. Board of Supervisors approves natural gas ban in new buildings
San Francisco Chronicle – November 11
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ban natural gas in new buildings, legislation that will apply to more than 54,000 homes and 32 million square feet of commercial space in the city’s development pipeline. Natural gas accounts for roughly 40% of San Francisco’s overall emissions of greenhouse gases and 80% of building emissions.
New JV to expand battery storage solutions in Southern California
Commercial Property Executive – November 9
Tangerine Energy signed an exclusive agreement with Voit Real Estate Services to lease or acquire 50 industrial warehouses or land sites per year over the next five years to house battery storage centers. These facilities would be located in areas with dense population, where energy pricing is highly volatile. The joint venture’s arrangement will primarily serve commercial property owners seeking stability.