Environment

BayREN looks at energy-efficient households of the future

BayREN meeting last Friday at the Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Center.
Photo credit: Ryan Jacoby

BayREN meeting last Friday at the Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Center. Photo by Ryan Jacoby.

The BayREN Coordinating Circle held its first in-person meeting since January of 2020 last Friday, which was hosted by Sonoma's Regional Climate Protection Authority at the Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Center.

The center allows people to explore the future of clean energy for homes. It features a large demonstration area to learn about induction cooktops, heat pump water heaters and other energy-saving appliances.

"Building electrification is a major push in the state," said Jennifer Berg, BayREN manager and director of energy programs.  "The Advanced Energy Center has many of these technologies on display, some of which we promote and incentivize in our programs."

BayREN  — administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments —  offers regional energy programs, services and resources that promote energy savings, while helping local governments evaluate ways to come into compliance with state energy code. BayREN has a unique program structure: it is a collaboration of the nine Bay Area Counties, with one member agency representing each county.

The programs result in energy and cost savings for thousands, supporting local governments, while also playing a role in fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions.