Energy Commission Adopts Targets for Energy Efficiency Savings

On November 8th, the California Energy Commission adopted targets to achieve the doubling of energy efficiency savings in electric and natural gas uses by 2030 as required by Senate Bill 350.

Senate Bill 350 established new energy efficiency and renewable electricity targets to support California’s long-term climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The adopted Senate Bill 350: Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings by 2030 final report proposes subtargets for individual utilities and nonutility energy efficiency programs. The report also outlines recommendations and next steps to meet the doubling targets, which include funding and improving energy efficiency programs, achieving additional energy savings with new or improved measures and technologies, and improving the data collection for efficiency savings.

Much of the untapped energy efficiency potential to meet the targets can be achieved by improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, as well as appliances and other devices used in those buildings, as laid out in the Energy Commission’s Existing Building Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

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