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Local Energy Codes

Misti Bruceri has worked in energy efficiency, sustainability for more than 20 years.  As principal of Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC since 2007, she provides technical consulting services to private firms, non-profit organizations, and utilities.  Ms. Bruceri serves as a developer and subject matter expert for the Codes and Standards reach codes and compliance improvement teams.

In the video below Ms. Bruceri will describe the California Energy Codes and Standards Program, the “reach” codes subprogram, and resources that are available to local governments to support going beyond the statewide minimum code. You can download her presentation slides here.

You can find more information on local energy codes here.

The 2016 Energy Code has been in effect since January 2017!

2016 beesVisit the California Energy Commission’s website for the full code, compliance manuals, worksheets, and compliance software available now.  Or, navigate the Code using Energy Code Ace’s helpful Reference Ace tool.

Looking for quick summaries of what’s changed since the 2013 code? Click here for fact sheets from Energy Code Ace.

Looking for motivation? Check out this study showing how increasing compliance saves taxpayer dollars.

If you are interested in going beyond the current code in your local jurisdiction you can find resources and contact the California Codes and Standards Local Ordinance Team at

SEEC Webinar: Energy Efficiency Resources at the State Level 101

101webRecorded webinar available. A great of overview who handles what in energy efficiency and sustainability at the state level, why, and what activities and resources are available now. Webinar introduced by the Coordinator and presented by Jody London, Jody London Consulting.

Interested in what energy efficiency programs and funds will be offered by the investor-owned utilities (IOUs), regional energy networks (RENs), and other Program Administrators in coming years? Sign up to review and influence program development with the EE Coordinating Committee!

Through a new process prioritizing stakeholder engagement, all parties interested are invited in sit in on meetings to review analysis and planning that go into planning ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs overseen by the CPUC. (This is part of the new “rolling portfolio” process through which Program Administrators create 5-year business plans for EE programming and funds.) To learn more, and stay updated on this fast-moving review process, sign up for email alerts with the California EE Coordinating Committee.

wrcogimgGet an overview of the BEYOND Program from Alexa Washburn at the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) in this short video. (Or, learn more about WRCOG activities here.)


sb350presimgHear from CEC Commissioners Hochschild and McAllister in this online presentation of the implications of SB 350 and AB 802 for California’s local governments.