Energy Data Access Committee (EDAC) Quarterly Meeting March 25th

The Energy Data Access Committee (EDAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on March 25th in San Francisco. Interested parties are welcome to participate in this public meeting, either in person or online. Per the agenda, the meeting will cover a number of items that may be of interest to local governments – including addition of…

CEC Workshop 3/25: Review of AB 802 Building Energy Use Data Access and Public Disclosure Provisions Proposal

The California Energy Commission (CEC) will hold a public workshop on 3/25 to review and seek input on the initial proposal for implementation of Assembly Bill 802’s building energy use data and public disclosure provisions. The workshop will be held at 1516 Ninth Street (First Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room) at 9:00am – interested parties…

Webinar 2/26: Why Upgrade to Intelligent Buildings: Energy Savings Yes, but also Operational Improvements

Rocky Mountain Institute’s recent post provides a great summary of how turning your building into a smart building is a top market trend, and can save energy and money, but also help you fix and control aspects of your building that may surprise you. A webinar on covering intelligent building opportunities and Building Energy Management…

Why Benchmarking? NRDC’s Maria Stamas Lays Out Benefits

With the coming implementation of AB 802, building owners will have more access to whole building energy use data to inform actions that can be taken to save energy and money, and contribute to state and local climate and sustainability goals. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s Maria Stamas describes these benefits in a recent…

Through USDOE’s Better Buildings Program: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes (read more of this press release on WhiteHouse.gov) Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment…

City of Piedmont Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) Under Consideration

The City of Piedmont is considering adoption of a Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) – or an ordinance that triggers the requirement of a residential energy assessment – as a customer-driven approach to achievement greenhouse gas reductions laid forth in its climate action plan. Piedmont’s consideration includes using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score as…

Study: The Benefits of Benchmarking Building Performance

This new study from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Pacific Coast Collaborative provides dynamic coverage of why and how the benchmarking of building energy use presents an economic opportunity. The study starts: “Billions of dollars of value is currently locked inside the buildings of America’s cities and towns. This untapped wealth is…

NYC Energy and Water Benchmarking Performance Map

In New York City, of the nearly 3,000 public buildings with any significant energy use, almost one-third already have retrofits in place or underway. Those buildings represent 50% of GHG from City buildings. The City continues to make it easier for private building owners to do the same, launching a new tool to track energy…

12/14 – Leveraging Benchmarking to Build Your Business

This full-day workshop is targeted for businesses to learn strategies for generating leads; how to price benchmarking-related offerings; how to cross-sell and up-sell your other offerings; how to demonstrate the value of efficiency in terms that clients understand and value; and how to motivate the various stakeholders to act on energy efficiency measures.

CSE Report: Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Best Practices and Case Studies

Prepared for the Port of San Diego, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has released a report, Energy Benchmarking and Transparency: A review of national best practices, California policies and energy efficiency opportunities for the San Diego Unified Port District. The report reviews state benchmarking policies (set and in the process of being set under AB 758…

From Outside the State: A Colorado BESO Case Study

In October 2015, the City of Boulder, Colorado adopted a new ordinance that modified existing voluntary programming to require that certain types of commercial, industrial, and City buildings conduct energy assessments, disclose building energy use, and take action if cost-effective energy upgrades were found through the assessments. Specifically, qualifying buildings will be required to do…
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