If you’re considering breaking laws when dealing with hazardous waste — including mishandling mercury-containing thermostats — think again. A California law recently raised the maximum penalty to $70,000, a whopping 180 percent increase over the previous $25,000 fine.
Back when California first came out with its energy efficiency rebates, Richard Hiteshew, owner/manager of A-1 Guaranteed Heating & Air Inc. in Vallejo, California, was certain the standards were impossibly high.
California State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) recently introduced the California Cooling Act (Senate Bill 1013), which is designed to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are considered to be a growing source of greenhouse emissions in California and around the world.
OCST certification marks another step for the Côr thermostat
July 8, 2016
Carrier announced its Côr thermostat has been certified to comply with the latest California Energy Code Title 24 as an Occupant Controlled Smart Thermostat (OCST) by the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Includes a ban on the sale of all virgin HFC refrigerants with a high GWP
May 2, 2016
California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) has released a proposed strategy aimed at curbing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The proposal targets near term emission reductions that will help California meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets.
If you remember the rolling blackouts suffered by Californians in the years 2000 and 2001, you may also remember that they cost companies in excess of $50 billion in lost manufacturing capacity and sales. What you may not remember is the good that came out of that disaster.
State on Track to Reduce Emissions to 1990 levels by 2020
May 25, 2015
Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. recently issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 — an aggressive benchmark designed to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade and a half.
As California goes, so goes the rest of the country. That adage has often proved true especially when it comes to regulations related to refrigeration and refrigerants. The state's aggressive environmental and regulatory positions have caused the rest of the United States to monitor policy making and enforcement out West.