Input on California Energy Efficiency Action Plan Due May 15

The California Energy Commission held a series of workshops throughout the state in the past month to discuss and gather input on the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to comment and provide recommendations by May 15 using the online docket system.

The 2019 action plan, which will update the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan and Senate Bill 350 Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings by 2030 report, will address existing building energy efficiency, efficiency in the industrial and agricultural sectors, barriers to energy efficiency for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and using efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

“The action plan is going to be the central policy for energy efficiency in the state,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency. “We need to develop programmatic approaches that allow flexibility and customization at the facility level. I want this action plan process to identify and promote solutions that will work in the real world.”

The workshops were held in San Francisco, Redding, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Participants from each community participated in panel discussions on specific issues. All the workshops focused on building decarbonization, local government energy efficiency action plans, and savings in multifamily buildings. The Fresno and Redding locations had panels on capturing energy efficiency from the agricultural sector. Panels on the industrial sector were part of the San Francisco and San Diego events. Presentations on how building energy codes aid recovery and resilience after disasters were featured in Redding and San Diego.

The workshops provided an opportunity for representatives from local governments and organizations to discuss successes and challenges and share best practices. Workshop and docket comments and specific recommended actions will be taken into consideration in updating the action plan, which will be used to shape policy and make regulatory changes.

The workshop transcripts, presentations and agendas are here.

The Energy Commission would like to thank the following organizations whose representatives participated in the panel discussions:

San Francisco
California Public Utilities Commission
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Association for Energy Affordability
California Housing Partnership Corporation
Energy Efficiency for All
San Francisco State University
Pacific Gas and Electric
California Large Energy Consumers Association

Redding Electric Utility
Sonoma County
Sierra Business Council
City of Arcata
Karuk Community Development Corporation
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
California State University, Chico
Redwood Energy
Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Shasta Lake Electric Utility
UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy
Kern County
City of Arvin
Southern California Edison
De Young Properties
Fresno State University
California Department of Food and Agriculture
California League of Food Producers
Fresno Housing Authority
Self-Help Enterprises

Los Angeles
Southern California Regional Energy Network
South Coast Air Quality Management District
City of Santa Monica
Western Riverside Council of Governments
The Energy Coalition
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Southern California Gas
Tri-County Regional Energy Network
Clean Power Alliance
Build it Green
Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge

San Diego
City of San Diego
City of Glendale
San Diego State University
San Diego Gas and Electric
Cascade Energy
Center for Sustainable Energy
San Diego Association of Governments
City of Chula Vista
Wakeland Housing and Development
Community Housing Works

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