Huntington Beach Advanced Energy Community Blueprint

The Oak View Community in the City of Huntington Beach

Combining regulatory, financial, and permit streamlining strategies with a real-world development example to produce a shovel-ready Advanced Energy Community.

Project Overview

Recipient: The Regents of the University of California, Irvine

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $1,500,000

Co-funded Amount: $810,998

Agreement Number: EPC-15-077

Project Term: 6/15/2016 - 7/31/2018

Project Status: Closed

Recipient Location:  Irvine, CA

Site Location(s):  Huntington Beach, CA

The Issue

Electrical utilities face challenges with aging infrastructure and load capacity constraints that limit where certain technologies can be installed. Disadvantaged communities face their own set of challenges that often prevent their clean energy needs from being met. While integrated, community-scale systems that combine local renewable energy sources, energy storage, and control technologies could provide benefits to help the utility and community, new tools and approaches are needed to design these systems in a manner that meets the needs of both groups.

Project Innovation

This project designed an integrated energy system to transform the disadvantaged Huntington Beach community of Oak View, into an advanced energy community (AEC). The team worked closely with ComUNIDAD, a community organization, to ensure the community needs were factored into modeling scenarios. The project team developed new design tools to simulate an integrated energy infrastructure on a community-scale, expanding the capability from the existing single-building design tools. The team evaluated multiple scenarios to determine the most optimal set of clean energy technologies and business and financial models to align the community's energy needs within the constraints of the existing electricity infrastructure.

Project Benefits

Senate Bill 350 (2015) sets a 50 percent renewable energy standard and a goal of doubling energy efficiency savings by 2030. Local governments can play a critical role in achieving this goal by helping facilitate community-scale deployment of Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) such as energy efficiency, onsite renewables, demand response, and electric vehicles. This project piloted innovative planning, permitting, and financing approaches and tools to help improve the business case for IDER adoption at the community-scale.

Lower Costs: This tools and approaches piloted in this project will reduce the time and costs needed to design future community-scale IDER projects.

Economic Development: This project piloted new approaches and develop new planning tools that can increase the financial attractiveness and overcome some of the common obstacles of deploying community-scale IDER projects, especially in disadvantaged communities. Combined, these can lead to increased investment energy savings and investment in the community.

Consumer Appeal: Greater deployment of advanced energy technologies at a community scale will increase consumer familiarity and comfort with Zero Net Energy homes and communities. This will increase the likelihood of consumers choosing to live in communities deploying advanced energy technologies.




Project Overview

Recipient: The Regents of the University of California, Irvine

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $1,500,000

Co-funded Amount: $810,998

Agreement Number: EPC-15-077

Project Term: 6/15/2016 - 7/31/2018

Project Status: Closed

Recipient Location:  Irvine, CA

Site Location(s):  Huntington Beach, CA

Project Team

CEC Project Manager: Rachel Salazar

Recipient Contact: Jacob Brouwer

Match Partner(s): Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas); Southern California Edison; County of Orange/City of Huntington Beach; The Regents of the University of California, Irvine ; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Altura Associates, Inc.

Subcontractor(s): County of Orange/City of Huntington Beach; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Altura Associates, Inc.


 

 

For questions or additional information, please email RandDProjectinfo@energy.ca.gov

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