New Study: California Commercial Buildings Could Save $1.3 Billion Under Federal Proposed Clean Power Plan

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While the federal government Clean Power Plan has faced some delays, a new report reviews the savings that could be driven in commercial buildings through its adoption. Read more in the below August 3rd release from Public News Service:


LOS ANGELES — According to a recent study, commercial buildings in California could save $1.3 billion on electric bills by the year 2030 if they implement efficiency measures recommended in President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

The report from Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy said power bills in the Golden State could come down almost eight percent compared to costs if nothing is done. The findings were released one year after the president finalized the Clean Power Plan – which the U.S. Supreme Court has placed on hold pending litigation.

Study author Dr. Marilyn Brown said that commercial buildings could save $11.3 billion nationally. Continue reading from Public News Service.


It’s hard to think of these findings without thinking of the 2015 report released from the City and County of San Francisco, finding that in the years since adoption of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance, commercial building energy consumption had decreased 7.9% (2010-2014), and that $170 million had been uncovered in further energy savings opportunities.

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