Information published on 28 June 2016 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 505.

United States: High-Speed Rail Authority and Energy Commission team up to make California greener

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On June 16, 2016 the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) announced that they have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will ensure that the high-speed rail program will help California meets its climate goals and become a greener state.

The MOU allows increased cooperation between the Authority and the Energy Commission to explore the latest green technology and best practices during the design and construction of the nation’s first high-speed rail system. It will help facilitate the use of renewable energy, the delivery of zero net energy buildings and incorporation of zero emission vehicle infrastructure in California as part of the rail system.

“California has always been a leader when it comes to using ren ewable energy, reaching our climate goals and fighting global warming,” said Jeff Morales, Authority CEO. “This MOU with the Energy Commission is another step in the right direction that will help us build a first class high-speed rail system in our state.”

“Transportation is the single largest source of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Robert B. Weisenmiller, California Energy Commission Chairman. “California high-speed rail can provide an alternative, greener transportation option for residents. The plan to power the system with 100 percent renewable energy, have zero net energy stations and use alternative fuels in support vehicles shows, once again, the state’s commitment to a more sustainable future.”

In response to Assembly Bill 758, the Energy Commission adopted the policy goals of reducing energy consumption in existing residential buildings by 40 percent by 2020 and reaching zero net energy in 50 percent of California’s existing
commercial buildings by 2030.

The Authority is committed to powering the high-speed rail system with 100 percent renewable energy sources, maximizing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout design and construction, and making energy efficiency a priority in design. This includes constructing zero net energy buildings and electric vehicle charging infrastructure at rail stations as well as partnerships with local public transit agencies.

A link to this MOU can be found here:

(Source: CHSRA)