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SDG+E 2013 Higher Education Energy Champion

June 5, 2013

Randall Lamb is proud to be a part of the San Diego Community College District team that received the SDG+E 2013 Higher Education Energy Champion Award, for our work on the District Wide PV Program and District Wide Smart Metering Program.

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L-R – Jim Tello (SDG&E), Dave Umstot (SDCCD), Linh-Chi Hua (SDG&E), Donn Betz (SDCCD), Caroline Winn (SDG&E), Kevin Kendall (SDCCD), Mark Doubleday (SDCCD), Bob Randall (Randall Lamb), Ryan Murphy (SDCCD), Lance Lareau (SDCCD) and Paul Priser (SDCCD).

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INsight: Cap-and-Trade

August 11, 2010

Cap-and-Trade, Allowances and Offsets

As designers in the A/E/C industry, as well as being responsible citizens within our communities, we understand that it is no longer an option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment. Electrical and thermal loads are two of the major energy consuming sectors, and represent the foundation of any building’s performance. By dramatically improving how a building functions, we are contributing to reducing these emissions at its source. In order to accelerate change, certain methods for reducing carbon emissions have evolved that provide achievable targets and incentives for owners.

The primary methods that are emerging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are market-based solutions such as Cap-and-Trade. In addition to creating the basic financial incentive for compliance, these programs provide the ability to benefit financially by reducing carbon emissions below established targets while also providing compliance flexibility when emissions exceed established targets. There are two main components in these programs called “Allowances” and “Offsets”.

Allowances represent the right to emit a specific volume of greenhouse gas and are distributed by a regulatory body to specific economic sectors. These allowances can subsequently be bought and sold between those who reduce their greenhouse gas emissions below targets to those who exceed their greenhouse gas emission targets.

Offsets, also known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) or Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) represent project-based reductions of emissions that are undertaken outside of the capped sector. These CERs or VERs can be used to offset a like amount of the buyer’s own emissions, and can be bought and sold in the same fashion as allowances.

While last year’s international global climate negotiations in Copenhagen did not lead to a legally binding global carbon reduction treaty, regional carbon markets are continuing to evolve. These regional markets are providing the framework for pricing of Allowances and Offsets.

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INsight: New Clean Energy Division

July 1, 2010

Randall Lamb Clean Energy Solutions
Clean Energy – Electrical and thermal energy generation and consumption making as little contribution to greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions as possible.

In 2007, Randall Lamb made a strategic decision and commitment to bring “Clean Energy” into its mechanical and electrical design solutions. We developed a plan to build awareness with our client base as to the importance and necessity of considering the long range impacts of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions resulting from the operation of their facilities. Beyond energy consumption efficiency that is paramount to any project designed by Randall Lamb, a Clean Energy solution requires consideration of the greenhouse gas and air pollutant burden that comes with the sources of energy used to provide the electrical kilowatt hours and thermal BTU’s needed to operate any modern facility. Starting with the minimum energy consumption realized from a design based on the most efficient mechanical and electrical methods and systems as a base, Randall Lamb pushes the Clean Energy solution further to utilize the most efficient and low or non-greenhouse gas emitting energy sources available.

The selection and integration of these efficient and low or non-emitting energy sources requires analysis of the mechanical and electrical load characteristics. Features such as maximum to minimum demand ratios, electrical to thermal load balance, time of day, week and year usage, and adaptability to use of renewable sources all play a role in selecting the optimum solution. Typical components of these solutions will include combined heat power (CHP) gas-fired reciprocating engines or turbines, CHP fuel cells, solar thermal and/or photovoltaic, recovered methane (local or remote), and wind.

It is becoming increasingly important to consider Clean Energy in any facility design for the following reasons:

Environmental Responsibility – Global warming and air pollution and their potentially harmful effects are now recognized and confirmed by virtually every scientific and research institution in this country and in the world. Being an active participant in your community to slow this change is expected of every business, institution, and organization. Clean Energy is a key component to reducing these harmful effects.

Regulatory Compliance – Local, state and federal laws exist and are continuing to be developed to limit greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. These laws both encourage and require compliance with ever-decreasing emission levels. Rights to develop will be permitted for complying facilities and denied to non-complying facilities.

Economical – The cost benefit of Clean Energy will be significant and realized by those facilities that limit their emissions of greenhouse gas and air pollutants. Whether it is by a “Cap and Trade” system using free market trading of carbon credits, or an “Energy Tax”, inefficient consumption and sourcing of energy will be costly. Using electrical utility grid power generated at 35% efficiency will carry a greater carbon cost burden than CHP generated power at 70% efficiency. Using renewable sources with no greenhouse gas or air pollutant emission will generate carbon and air pollution credits of significant value. Using non-combustion technologies will generate air pollution credits of significant value.

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