Waco CITY COUNCIL Meeting, May 17, 2022
From Alan Northcutt:
I spoke about the planned $2.6million in TIF funds for Magnolia Headquarters development at the old Tribune-Herald bldg.
Two Requirements for Magnolia to address the climate emergency (we have advocated for) were stated but were incredibly vague:
- "Four EV charging stations in the parking lot." I noted that it should be specified as "Level 2, J1772 charging stations, at least 12 needed."
- "Solar energy component." I explained this offers no guarantee of meaningful action. I recommended using the 2022 California commercial building standards: PV installation targeted at 60% of bldg load, and a battery targeted at 10% of building load.
- I also added a 3rd requirement for the bldg and test kitchen of electricity only, with NO natural gas. It is much cheaper to install during construction rather than retrofitting.
I described our current impacts of the climate emergency with near-record high temps and severe to exceptional drought this Spring.