CEC Building Energy Benchmarking (AB 802) – May 29

In October of 2015, the State of California passed Assembly Bill 802, directing the California Energy Commission to establish the Building Energy Benchmarking Program. The Program requires owners of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet with either no residential utility accounts or 17 or more residential utility accounts to benchmark and disclose their buildings’ energy…

Tool: Benchmark my building

“There are three inputs: building type, size and location. Building owners and operators expect that buildings with certain characteristics spend “X” dollars per year on energy—but they don’t always know how efficient they are, or how they compares to other buildings. BenchmarkMyBuilding.com leverages several government datasets—including EnergyStar’s TargetFinder and the Energy Information Agency’s CBECS data—to…

Local Policy Benchmarking Toolkit from ACEEE

Multifamily property owners and managers are often unaware of how their buildings’ energy performance compares to that of similar buildings. This lack of information can make them reluctant to invest in energy efficiency and, more broadly, can lead to the undervaluing of energy-efficient buildings in real estate appraisals. To address this market failure, localities across…

Santa Barbara County Passes New Energy Efficiency Policy for Municipally Owned and Leased Facilities

Congratulations to Santa Barbara County, who has just passed a new “County of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards Policy for County Owned and Leased Facilities.” This comprehensive policy was passed by the Board of Supervisors on August 30th, and includes requirements for staff energy training, reporting of (more…)

Upcoming Aug. 2016 Fed. Government Webinars – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, Energy Efficiency Financing, Waste Management, Resilient Solar Retrofits, and More

A list of August 2016 webinars is shared below from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Agency Newsletter. For details, scroll down. ENERGY STAR Webinars (more…)

CEC Workshop 7/22: Staff Proposal for Draft Regulations: Building Energy Use Data Access, Benchmarking, and Public Disclosure Provisions of Assembly Bill 802

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop to seek input on staff’s proposed draft regulations to implement the building energy use data access and public disclosure provisions of Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015). (more…)

Updated State and Local Energy Data Website from USDOE

The U.S. DOE recently updated the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) website. The update allows users to search by zip code to get an energy profile for their respective city, including climate and emissions data, electricity and natural gas usage and/or expenditures by sector, vehicle fuel use, renewable energy economic potential, and more.

Upcoming Federal Agency Webcasts: Ask the Expert, EPA Portfolio Manager Training, Renewables for Tribes and Residential and More

See the below upcoming webcasts as shared in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter: This message provides details about 15 upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and (more…)