Another form of housing that our county needs is farmworker housing. Farmworker housing will maintain our rural character and will help alleviate our low-income housing as well as helping farmers provide housing for their workforce. Assemblyperson Robert Rivas is pleased that Governor Newsom signed his Farm-worker Housing Bill, which will become effective January 1, 2020. This backs up Newsom's claim that housing is one of his biggest priority's and streamlines the process for farmers to build worker housing on their properties. As an elected county supervisor, I will uphold this law and urge our farmers and interested developers to take advantage of this new program. It has been prohibitive to accomplish this due to the long process of zoning changes and made it unfeasible and unnecessarily difficult for smaller farm owners to provide the kind of housing their workers need. Rivas' bill provides exemptions to the California environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by not requiring farm property owners to apply for a zoning change. This will provide an affordable option for the 75 percent of farm-workers who are U.S. residents. However, there is a cap of 36 units allowed in each development. Rivas also points out that in "overlooked, underdeveloped areas, there is a tremendous potential for local leaders and developers to collaborate and build smart, affordable housing to better serve the needs of their communities."
Vivienda para trabajadores agrícolas: una alternativa asequible
Esta es otra forma de planificar nuestras necesidades de vivienda para los propósitos y la dirección deseados que mejor se adapten a las necesidades del Condado de San Benito y mantengan nuestro carácter rural. Como supervisor electo del condado, respetaré esta ley e instaré a nuestros agricultores y desarrolladores interesados a aprovechar esta estrategia. El asambleísta, Robert Rivas, está muy contento de que el gobernador Newsom haya firmado su proyecto de ley de vivienda para trabajadores agrícolas, que entrará en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2020. Esto respalda la afirmación de Newsom de que la vivienda es una de sus mayores prioridades y también agiliza el proceso para que los agricultores construir viviendas para trabajadores en sus propiedades. Ha sido prohibitivo lograr esto debido a un largo proceso de cambios de zonificación y ha hecho inviable e innecesariamente difícil para los propietarios de fincas más pequeñas proporcionar el tipo de vivienda que necesitan sus trabajadores. El proyecto de ley de Rivas proporciona exenciones a la Ley de Calidad Ambiental de California (CEQA) al no exigir a los propietarios de propiedades agrícolas que soliciten un cambio de zonificación. Esto proporcionará una opción asequible para el 75 por ciento de los trabajadores agrícolas que son residentes de los EE. UU. Sin embargo, hay un límite de 36 unidades permitidas en cada desarrollo. Rivas también señala que en "áreas ignoradas y subdesarrolladas, existe un enorme potencial para que los líderes y desarrolladores locales colaboren y construyan viviendas inteligentes y asequibles para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de sus comunidades".
Good evening and thank you for coming out to this exciting Clean Energy Fair. Thank you to Mayor Oglesbsy of the City of Seaside for the introduction and the use of this facility. Thank you to the various support agencies and especially to Monterey Bay Community Power for the logistical and technical support that they have provided. I would like to thank the City of Salinas Council Member Steve McShane for including me in this exciting energy presentation. And I would like to thank all of you for coming to learn and participate in this fair.
I will be talking about two subjects Micro-Grids and Electrification of housing and buildings. These two go together, they are tied together at the hip both technically and in their applicability to assist in the fight against climate change. Also micro-grids have the capability to provide the business community with the ability to provide backup power for their operations when the grid goes down or is unavailable. First the definition of a Micro-grid is on the first slide
In English this means a facility or group of facilities, whose electrical load or demand is tied together and capable of being powered by several other sources of power. Some examples are solar, wind, back-up batteries or other back-up sources, such as generators. This enables a facility to be disconnected from the grid and operate independently from the above power sources.
Slide Two - Monterey Bay Community Power
Monterey Bay Community Power, of which I and Steve McShane are members of the Board of Directors, is willing to partner with businesses in the area to help develop individual micro-grids for their facilities.
Slide Three - Tesla Power Wall or another competitive brand
At the residential level a power wall or battery backup acts like a very small micro-grid. The battery backup can operate the home for a period of time while the grid is disconnected or unavailable. This makes the home independent of the grid so when public utilities shut off the power for safety reasons the home's utilities can still be operable.
Slide Four - Commercial Storage Batteries.
This slide shows how the concept is implemented in a commercial or industrial sized facility. Notice large batteries in protective enclosures.
Slide five – Economic Reasons to install Energy Storage systems for commercial facilities
Slide Seven – Building Electrification
Slide Eight – Examples of Replacing Gas Appliances with Electric Appliances.
1. Gas Ranges vs. Modern Electric Induction Ranges.
Slide Nine - Examples cont.
1. Gas Heaters vs. Electric Heat Pumps
Slide Ten- Examples cont.
1. Gas Water Heaters vs. Tank less Electric Water Heater
Slide Eleven – Other Advantages of Electrification of Houses.
Thank you for the opportunity to shed a little light on these relatively new concepts in California's quest to mitigate climate change. It is my feeling that the State of California has been very successful in hitting its targets in the control Climate Change. No matter how big or how small your carbon foot print or business is, together that we can accomplish the goal of saving our environment from drastic and life threatening changes, while showing the rest of the nation and the world that it is possible to do this without slowing down the economy. In fact, we are stronger because we will be prepared, hopefully spending less money in the long run to control the existential problem of our time.
Next up, I am pleased to introduce our congressman, Representative Jimmy Panetta of the 20th Congressional District, representing this tri-county area.
Given at a Clean Energy Fair in Seaside, CA on September 30, 2019.
Microgrids can and often do run from many sources of sustainable energy. An example of a microgrid in the Parkville Section of Hartford Conneticut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aQiAWznaOc