Cost-Effective Technologies and Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Emissions of Direct Heating Equipment in California with Health Benefits

Summary

SCH Number
2019080162
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Cost-Effective Technologies and Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Emissions of Direct Heating Equipment in California with Health Benefits
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
8/7/2019
Project Applicant
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Document Description
The purpose of this Agreement is to fund the development of cost-effective strategies to reduce natural gas use,environmental impacts, and safety and health risks of direct heating equipment DHE in California These strategies will be based on market assessment of this equipment in the state, laboratory and field evaluations, as well as policy and program modeling and analysis This project is to test direct heating equipment in the laboratory, and in the field at twelve household test sites by replacing existing equipment. This project will result in no new construction and consists only of basic data collection, research and experimental management activities which will result in no disturbance to an environmental resource.

Contact Information
Jackson Thach
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1625

Location

Cities
Azusa Berkeley Escondido Murrieta San Diego Watsonville
Counties
Alameda Los Angeles Riverside San Diego Santa Cruz
Other Location Info
see NOE for details

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
tit 14, § 15301 and 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., Title 14 Section 15301 provides a CEQA exemption for existing facilities The project involves minor alteration of existing facilities and mechanical equipment. New higher efficiency DHE will be installed in the lab and 12 existing homes, replacing older DHE. The project will not involve expansion of the existing use and will not have significant effect on the environment.Cal. Code Regs., Title 14 section 15306 provides a CEQA exemption for information collection. The project will involve basic data collection and research. DHE will be tested in the lab and in 12 existing homes to complete a policy & program modeling and analysis. The research includes basic data collection with no serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource under class 6, since the work includes testing in a lab facility. The project is strictly for information gathering purposes. Both CEQA categorical exemption can independentlyexempt all activities for this project.
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