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Title: A simple tool for estimating city-wide annual electrical energy savings from cooler surfaces

We present a simple method to estimate the maximum possible energy saving that might be achieved by increasing the albedo of surfaces in a large city. We restrict this to the "indirect effect", the cooling of outside air that lessens the demand for air conditioning (AC). Given the power demand of the electric utilities and data about the city, we can use a single linear equation to estimate the maximum saving. For example, the result for an albedo change of 0.2 of pavements in a typical warm city in California, such as Sacramento, is that the saving is less than about 2 kWh per m 2 per year. This may help decision makers choose which heat island mitigation techniques are economical from an energy-saving perspective.
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Urban Climate
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: P2; Journal ID: ISSN 2212-0955
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; urban heat island mitigation; electrical energy saving; pavements; albedo; cool surface