Energy Bills Signed by Governor – Efficiency Council in Attendance!
Governor Brown has finalized action on legislation from the 2015 legislative session and has signed into law several energy bills. The hallmark bill for the energy efficiency and demand response industries was SB 350 (De Leon) which was signed into law on October 7th. Governor Brown signed the legislation from the East Terrace of the Griffith Observatory overlooking the City of Los Angeles and was joined by dozens of government, climate, business, environmental justice and community leaders as well as the bill’s author, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). The Efficiency Council was also honored to attend as a result of an invitation from the Governor.
“California has taken groundbreaking steps to increase the efficiency of our cars, buildings and appliances and provide ever more renewable energy,” said Governor Brown. “With SB 350, we deepen our commitment.” SB 350 codifies goals Governor Brown laid out in his January 2015 address to double the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings and generate half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
The following day a companion measure, AB 802 (Williams), was signed which requires the CEC to establish the 2030 targets for energy efficiency reductions, repeals the AB 1103 benchmarking program and adopts an updated program which is intended to provide owners of large commercial buildings with access to energy data. The bill also directs the PUC to determine how to incorporate meter-based performance into determinations of goals, portfolio cost-effectiveness, and authorized budgets for energy efficiency.
Also slated to take effect on January 1st as a result of the Governor’s signature is AB 793 (Quirk) which directs the PUC to adopt a program which will provide incentives to residential and business customers for energy management technology that allows customers to better understand and manage electricity or gas use.
Efficiency Council Sponsored ReBuilding Together Oakland Home
The Efficiency Council sponsored the rebuilding of the home of wonderful woman who has and is giving a lot to her community. ReBuilding Together Oakland builds community partnerships to rejuvenate neighborhoods through the rehabilitation of homes owned by low-income homeowners. Over two weekends, about 50 high school students and 20 adults came together to rebuild her Oakland home to ensure her continued safety, comfort and independence. Learn more about ReBuilding Together Oakland: www.rtoakland.org
Leading Voices Support the Efficiency Council
"The opportunities and benefits of energy efficiency are very broad yet they are under-represented historically. The Efficiency Council plays a unique role in helping California's emerging efficiency businesses build their businesses through better policies and better visibility in the marketplace."
"For more than thirty years now, California has urgently needed a broadly-based and effectively led coalition to represent the nation’s most productive energy efficiency delivery system, and the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council feels like an answered prayer."
"Energy efficiency is developing rapidly as a business sector in this state. The California Energy Efficiency Industry Council will accelerate this movement, something we can all support."
"The businesses that help Californians save energy in their homes and businesses are an important and quickly growing part of our economy. Not only do they save people money on their energy bills, they also play a vital role in California’s efforts to fight global warming and jumpstart the new economy. The Efficiency Council is a much-needed group, as its member companies provide real-life examples of the innovation and green jobs we need – the most promising engines to build a clean, safe, secure energy future for California and the United States."
"“California has been at the forefront of energy efficiency for decades, out-performing all other states in the nation. California is still the land of opportunity, particularly for businesses that can see the gold hidden in new ideas, technologies, and daily practices, as well as the local talent hungry to provide the expertise to advance the way we do business. The Efficiency Council recognizes that a vigorous economy and green business practices go hand in hand, and works to connect businesses with the resources they need to run a sustainable enterprise – moving the state, and the nation, toward energy independence, job growth and air quality improvement.”"
"As an employment strategy energy efficiency wins hands down. The Efficiency Council brings together the full range of businesses providing energy efficiency goods & services, creating green jobs and protecting all of us against rising energy prices. Given California’s worldwide leadership in efficiency, it makes perfect sense that this sector finally has an association to effectively represent themselves and strengthen efficiency policies economy wide."