Learn Why All-Electric Heat Pump HVAC is So Energy Efficient
July 1, 2021 – 12:00 Noon, 1 hour webinar

Webinar Video.
Also available on YouTube.

A typical home produces over 20 tons of heat trapping emissions per year from CO2 production and methane leaks*. The development of heat pump technology has created a way to heat a home without burning fossil fuel. By pumping heat from the outside rather than creating it by burning fuel, a heat pump can deliver 3-4 times more energy than it uses. This can reduce heating costs 30% and more importantly, it can reduce your environmental impact 75%.  On July 1 CCE presented a webinar on home climate control with heat pump HVAC.

*Source:  Electrify Now, which uses data from the
US Dept. of Energy, US EPA, US Energy Info. Admin., Union of Concerned Scientists, and other credible sources

Our speakers included:


CCE President, Board Member and Executive Director

Introduction & Important Background Slides.

Dr. Jose Torre-Bueno, who moderated this webinar, is a founder and the Executive Director of the Center for Community Energy. He is a green technology scientist and environmental advocate.  He is also a designated intervenor with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

An expert in battery technology, photovoltaic systems, utility rates, and modeling energy demand, Dr. Torre-Bueno has become a contributor to the development of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, and has been meeting with local governments to educate and encourage them to buy in to CCAs.

With over a decade of working in green technology, he has extensive expertise in designing, optimizing, and building photovoltaic/battery combined systems.  Dr. Torre-Bueno has decades of experience in presenting complex technical information to audiences with all levels of expertise, and has been a driver in groundbreaking product development for green technology and the biotech industries.  Dr. Torre-Bueno has been awarded 34 patents for his inventions, and has a pending patent on using advanced mathematics to optimize the energy improvements to a building. He received his PhD from The Rockefeller University.

Tom Abram

Energy Engineer and Project Developer with Mesa Energy Systems/EMCOR

Presentation Slides.

Tom Abram is an Energy Engineer and Project Developer with Mesa Energy Systems/EMCOR where he helps commercial and institutional customers reduce their energy costs and become more sustainable. Tom’s credentials include Professional Mechanical Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP, and WELL AP. He is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Green Building Council and involved in the San Diego Building Electrification Coalition. Tom is also a part time lecturer at San Diego State University. He is passionate about electrification and recently converted his home to be all electric and powered by the sun. Tom holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University.

Joel Pereda

Principal and Production Manager, Enso Building Solutions

Presentation Slides.

As Company Principal and Production Manager, Mr. Pereda oversees and provides technical direction for all projects and program implementation for Enso Building Solutions. Mr. Pereda brings over 30 years of experience to Enso’s retrofit projects and energy efficiency programs. Joel established his own General Contractor company in 2000 with a focus on energy efficiency retrofits. Mr. Pereda believes strongly in combining energy efficiency, health, and safety into all projects to maximize customer benefits. Prior to establishing his own company, Mr. Pereda served first as an installer and then project manager for construction and remodeling companies; his focus was on HVAC and Shell measures. Joel believes the future of HVAC is Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF). Enso has completed over 5000 residential jobs. in the last ten years.

Joel Pereda holds certificates from:
> Building Performance Institute (2010).
> Green and Sustainable Building from Cal State Long Beach (2010)
> Stanford University Graduate School of Business Scaling certificate (SLEI 2019)

Brandon Hayes

 Project Manager, Thomson AC

Brandon used no slides. View the video to hear his comments.

Brandon has been with the Thomson family since the beginning. He thrives on doing what’s best for the customer in every situation by evaluating every home or business like it’s his own. One of our Daikin certified VRV Pros and a scholar all things HVAC related. When he?s not wearing the HVAC Superhero Cape, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Kristi, galavanting the wine regions of CA, NHL, and Formula 1. Serving as an integral member of our Executive Management Team, he’s currently acting as a Project Manager while advancing the Commercial division of our company.