The Efficiency Council actively engages in discussions with the California Energy Commission (CEC) through letters, comments, and regular communications with staff and stakeholders.
2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 Updates)
The CEC is considering changes to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 (also known as the California Energy Code), and associated administrative regulations. The proposed amended standards will be adopted in 2014.
Draft Regulations for Commercial Building Energy Use Disclosure Program (AB 1103 Implementation)
The CEC released revised draft regulations for the implementation of the energy performance rating disclosure requirements for nonresidential buildings as required by AB 1103 (Saldana, 2007) and AB 531 (Saldana, 2009). AB 1103, and subsequently AB 531, established that IOUs and building owners or operators must collect and disclose a year’s worth of benchmarking data and ratings to prospective buyers, lessees, or lenders.
Energy Efficiency Issues in the Integrated Energy Policy Report
The CEC is required to adopt an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years, with updates to the report in the intervening years, to assess the state’s energy supply, demand, production, transportation, delivery, distribution, and price. The Efficiency Council monitors and comments on the CEC’s development of portions of the IEPR that are relevant to energy efficiency issues. In the CEC’s development of the 2011 IEPR, these topics include updates to the California Energy Demand Forecast, its accounting for estimates of energy efficiency savings, and the evaluation and documentation of efforts by utilities across California to meet state goals for energy efficiency.