The Oakland EcoBlock, Phase II: A Zero Net Energy, Low Water-Use Retrofit Neighborhood

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
The Oakland EcoBlock, Phase II: A Zero Net Energy, Low Water-Use Retrofit Neighborhood
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
The Regents of the University of California, on behalf of the Berkeley campus

Document Description
The EcoBlock is an urban sustainability research and retrofit project in Oakland, CA that brings together residents of a local neighborhood block and a multi-disciplinary team of experts from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the City of Oakland and local professionals. Built on local community buy-in, the project seeks to implement the master plan developed in Phase I of the EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities. The developed master plan includes an integrated microgrid including rooftop photovoltaics, flywheel storage and direct current (DC) distribution backbone system that demonstrates a highly-efficient, affordable neighborhood block-scale energy (for home and transportation) water, and wastewater treatment-and reuse platform and retrofitting-process that can be replicated across California and the United States. It seeks to advance preliminary research of the integrated, whole-systems approach from a promising schematic level to a detailed, design level; to build a life-cycle and financial cost-benefit analysis; and to develop innovative business models so that stakeholders can promote. its rapid deployment and scaling.

Contact Information
Michael Ferreira
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-5281


Other Location Info
Marshall Street - Powell Street - Fremont Street - 59th street

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15303, 15301
Reasons for Exemption
See Attached NOE
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