Draft Energy Survey

Scottsdale’s current Preservation & Environmental Planning Element (PDF/2.2mb/13pps) was ratified as part of the City of Scottsdale General Plan 2001. The Scottsdale General Plan 2014 Task Force members utilized this document to create the Draft Energy Element (PDF/308kb/3pps) that will be incorporated into the draft SGP2014. This survey is a means for you to give your input on the draft Energy Element.

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Draft Energy Element
Please read the Energy Element Introduction and Goals and Policies below, then rate and/or comment on each.
INTRODUCTION A safe, reliable energy supply is important to commerce and the city’s overall health. Utilizing renewable energy systems allows Scottsdale to become more independent and less reliant on imported fossil fuels. Moving to more reliable and affordable sources will showcase the city’s commitment to a sustainable energy future. Furthermore, reducing energy consumption and encouraging conservation per capita are critical to future economic and environmental vitality. (NEW)
In Scottsdale, the most viable renewable energy resource is solar energy. Other sources of renewable energy sources are water- and wind- generated, however, Scottsdale has no significant sources of water- or wind- generated energy production. Natural Gas is a non-renewable source of fuel that is used widely as a fossil fuel alternative.
The city’s total demand for energy will increase with projected population growth. Therefore, Scottsdale must provide flexibility and incentives for future energy conservation and generation technologies. The goals and policies of the Energy Element seek to balance the energy needs of consumers with the sustainability of the community’s renewable and non-renewable energy sources. (NEW)
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GOAL E 1. (NEW) Work toward becoming a net zero-energy community that seeks to balance energy consumption with renewable energy generation.
POLICIES E 1.1 (NEW) Set community-wide targets for energy efficiency and provide incentives and/or disincentives to achieve desired energy objectives.
E 1.2 (NEW) Assess energy loads for all sectors to determine the greatest opportunities for energy savings.
E 1.3 (NEW) Support off-site or shared renewable energy generation for a set of buildings or entire neighborhood.
E 1.4 (NEW) Consider the use of alternative finance options, such as tax credits and cost-recovery programs, to achieve renewable energy supply goals.
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GOAL E 2. Reduce per capita energy consumption and promote energy efficiency through public awareness and integration of new technologies.
POLICIES E 2.1 (NEW) Develop public-private energy conservation education programs for the community.
E 2.2 (NEW) Provide education and information on the continued maintenance and operations of energy-efficient equipment.
E 2.3 Promote the use of and educate about the benefits of energy efficient lighting in interior and outdoor areas.
E 2.4 Explore emerging energy technologies and use them whenever possible.
E 2.5 Reduce energy consumption per capita by using passive and active design and technology to capitalize on the natural energy resources available in the desert southwest.
E 2.6 Support development of regional waste-to-energy facilities.
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GOAL E 3. (NEW) Promote building and site designs that maximize energy efficiency.
POLICIES E 3.1 Use natural properties (sun, shade, thick walls, insulation, etc.) for building cooling and heating systems.
E 3.2 Increase landscaping that contributes to energy conservation for all types of development.
E 3.3 Promote solar energy opportunities in building and site design.
E 3.4 Encourage the commercial and residential sectors to consider incorporating energy conservation in design and construction.
E 3.5 Incorporate healthy, resource- and energy-efficient materials and methods in design, construction, and remodeling of buildings.
E 3.6 (NEW) Incorporate energy conservation and efficiency measures into redevelopment and remodels.
E 3.7 (NEW) Orient buildings and lots in ways that maximize solar access and natural ventilation while taking care to minimize solar access obstructions of adjacent structures.
E 3.8 Improve the energy efficiency of the building envelope, equipment, and appliances.
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GOAL E 4. (NEW) Seek creative means to increase the energy efficiency of city facilities and operations.
POLICIES E 4.1 Promote fuel conservation in city vehicles, and use clean, alternative fuels whenever possible.
E 4.2 Minimize energy consumption in the provision of municipal services and maintenance of city infrastructure without affecting the quality and quantity of services.
E 4.3 (NEW) Develop strategies to lower utility costs and reinvest savings into energy efficiency measures.
E 4.4 (NEW) Perform energy audits of municipal facilities, projects, and programs to assess their energy efficiencies and evaluate any needed improvements.
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GOAL E 5. (NEW) Support the development of renewable energy sources that are compatible with Scottsdale’s environmental and aesthetic goals.
POLICIES E 5.1 (NEW) Support regional efforts to increase the supply of energy from renewable sources, distributed generation, and cogeneration.
E 5.2 (NEW) Develop strategies to optimize existing energy infrastructure and encourage the interconnection with smart grid technologies.
E 5.3 (NEW) Diversify the city’s energy supply sources with emphasis on cost-effective, efficient, clean, renewable, reliable, and secure energy sources.
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