DOE Announces Partnership to Expand Visibility of Energy-Efficient Buildings in U.S. Real Estate Marketplace

Newly released from the U.S. Department of Energy in a May 26th press release here: As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the America’s buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative today announced a partnership (more…)

UCLA Blueprint: Los Angeles Energy Atlas and the New Proposed LA Existing Buildings Ordinance

The launch of the Los Angeles Energy Atlas was covered in the Fall 2015 edition of our CURRENTS newsletter. Get an update and learn from UCLA in Power Users: Learning to Waste Less how the Atlas has been used for the development of Los Angeles’s new (more…)

Benchmarking in the news: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and WRCOG

Click here for coverage by the Press Enterprise discussing San Francisco’s energy savings findings from its recent benchmarking report, the City of Los Angeles’s work toward an energy and water efficiency ordinance, and more.

CPUC Conference Call for Clarification on Baselines White Paper May 2nd

CORRECTED PAPER AND UPDATED COMMENTS DEADLINES RELEASED BY THE CPUC 4/28: Please see here. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has shared to R.13-11-005/rolling portfolio stakeholders that Commission Staff will hold a conference call to answer (more…)

Upcoming Federal Webinars for State and Local Governments

Check out the below federal webinars advertised through EPA’s State and Local Climate newsletter! It’s looking like AB 802’s benchmarking and energy disclosure implementation is going to leverage EPA Portfolio Manager, and the (more…)

DOE Publication: Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a new publication on energy efficiency in tenant spaces. Click here to view Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study in full; the Executive Summary is copied below. Commercial buildings account for 20% of energy used…

From Outside the State: Seattle Passes New Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance

The City of Seattle has passed energy efficiency-promoting in the three following areas: • Energy Use Disclosure — The Benchmarking Amendments ordinance updates Seattle’s existing building energy benchmarking law to include public transparency of building performance on energy use. • Retro-commissioning — The Building Tune-Ups ordinance phases in a requirement that commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger be “tuned-up” every…

One Year Later: San Gabriel Valley EASY Program Successes

A year ago, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) launched a new program through the San Gabriel Valley Energy Watch partnership with SCE and SCG to empower residents to take simple energy efficiency measures in (more…)

Using Disclosure for Market Transformation: Berkeley’s new Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) and the U.S. DOE Home Energy Score

In today’s Regional Forum held by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), StopWaste presented on how the City of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) was updated to the new Building Energy Savings Ordinance, or “BESO,” why it was updated, and how the new BESO, or a version thereof, could be a gentle but…

AB 802 Workshop Follow Up Materials: Comments to be Submitted by April 8th ***Extended to April 15th***

For those that missed the CEC’s AB 802 implementation workshop last Friday, the CEC has posted the recorded WebEx on their website, here. Topics covered included: Need for consistent and clear definitions (and need for implementers to understand utility definitions; Debate over the realm of buildings to be included in mandatory energy data disclosure and…

Energy Data Access Committee (EDAC) Public March 2016 Quarterly Meeting Highlights

The Energy Data Access Committee (EDAC)’s quarterly meeting was held in San Francisco this past Friday. Highlights from the meeting of potential interest to local governments include: Addition of second local government member to the Committee. Barry Hooper of the City and County of San Francisco had previously been the only local government representative on the…