Recent developments, and resources for understanding them, are listed at the top of the page. Scroll down for older, foundational energy efficiency and sustainability legislation, orders, and decisions.
- CPUC’s Rolling Portfolio
- AB 802: Building Benchmarking, Data Access/Disclosure, and EE Incentives and Baselines
- AB 793: Data Access, and Access Adoption Incentives to be Provided by Utilities
- SB 350: Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015
- California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan
- AB 758: Existing Buildings, and Programming and Resource Requirements of the CEC and CPUC
- SB 375: Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008
- SB 535: Greenhouse Gas-Reduction Investments to Benefit Disadvantaged Communities (DAC)
- Senate Bill 97 – California Environmental Quality Act Guideline Amendments of 2007
- Assembly Bill 32 – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
- AB 2021 – Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Opportunity Identification by Public Utilities and the CEC
- Executive Order S-3-05
- AB 117: Permitting Consumer Choice Aggregation
- SB 1078 and Renewable Portfolio Standards
CPUC’s R.13-11-005 rulemaking activities include setting energy efficiency budget and goals for 2015, exploring a change to a rolling portfolio process, and inviting new collaboration to increase stakeholder engagement.
The CPUC Decision concluding Phase I of these activities, D.14-10-046, was released in October 2014:
- This Decision set the 2015 budget for energy efficiency programming by Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) and California’s two Regional Energy Networks (BayREN and SoCalREN) at approximately $1 billion, and provided energy-savings goals and expectations regarding programming to meet those goals.
- The Decision references a 2013 study that explored the remaining potential for energy savings in California, over time. This study was updated in 2015; for additional documents and models related to the study, see CPUC’s Energy Efficiency Potential and Goals Studies page.
In October 2015, the CPUC issued approval of the new “rolling portfolio” cycle structure and energy efficiency goals for 2016 and beyond. Read a summary of the decision from NRDC’s Lara Ettenson here.
For more information, check out EE Coordinator posts on the rolling portfolio. You can get involved in the 2016 stakeholder process to review the energy efficiency program planning for 2017 and beyond by visiting the EE Coordinating Committee website at caeecc.org. For more information on the EE Coordinating Committee, click here.
The full text of Assembly Bill 802, which was approved by the Governor October 2015, is available here. This law directs the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to, by September 1, 2016, “authorize electrical corporations and gas corporations to provide incentives, rebates, technical assistance, and support to their customers to increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings, as specified”
and “authorize electrical corporations and gas corporations to recover the reasonable costs of those programs in rates. The bill would require the PUC to authorize electrical corporations and gas corporations to count all energy savings achieved through the authorized programs, unless determined otherwise, toward overall energy efficiency goals or targets established by the PUC. The bill would authorize the PUC to adjust the energy efficiency goals or targets of electrical corporations and gas corporations to reflect the estimated change in energy savings resulting from those programs.”
In this way, AB 802 allows incentives to be paid out for a project’s full realized energy savings, and not just for the energy savings found above the state’s very stringent energy code (as set under Title 24).
Read summaries and feedback on AB 802 below:
- Why Building Owners Should Care About California AB 802, Institute for Market Transformation.
- AB 802: Energy Efficiency, Western HVAC Performance Alliance.
- New Legislation AB 802 to Replace Existing Energy Use Disclosure Law (AB 1103), Allen Matkins News & Publications.
- And, a summary covering the passage of both AB 802 and SB 350: New California Laws Are a Needed Paradigm Shift for Energy Efficiency, Matt Golden, Efficiency.org Blog.
In a CEC 10/8/15 press release, Commissioner McAllister shared the following on the passage of AB 802:
“California has set high goals to increase energy savings through short- and long-term energy efficiency measures. Effective solutions will be those that provide true value for commercial building owners and consumers. When these groups have access to their building’s energy use compared to similar structures, they are able to make informed decisions to improve performance. Assembly Bill 802, among other things, makes it much easier for building owners to access that usage information, benchmark the building, and identify the most attractive opportunities for investment. Energy-related physical and operational improvements will add value to and increase occupant comfort of the state’s commercial and multifamily buildings, in the process activating a project-focused market that generates economic growth. I am excited that through passage of AB 802 California is again leading by providing transparency to the marketplace and reducing barriers to action.”
For more information, check out EE Coordinator posts involving AB 802.