Building Energy Use Benchmarking and Public Disclosure Program

Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015) mandates the establishment of a new statewide building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program. AB 802 revises PRC Section 25402.10 to require utilities to provide energy consumption data for covered buildings to the building owners upon request, and requires the Energy Commission to establish a building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program for certain buildings. A summary of the benchmarking provisions in AB 802 can be found in the resources box to the right.

Developing the New Program

The time-of-transaction building energy use disclosure program (commonly referred to as Assembly Bill 1103) ended December 31, 2015. For historical information on that program visit http://www.energy.ca.gov/ab1103/.

There is no statewide energy use disclosure requirement for 2016. Throughout 2016, Energy Commission staff will prepare for and conduct a rulemaking to develop regulations and establish the infrastructure for the new statewide benchmarking program mandated by Assembly Bill 802. Staff anticipates that regulations for the new program will become effective in 2017.

On November 10, 2015, Energy Commission staff conducted a pre-rulemaking scoping workshop to gather public input on implementing the benchmarking provisions of AB 802. Staff anticipates holding more workshops before and during the rulemaking process. Stakeholder participation and feedback is encouraged and appreciated. Providing comments during open comment periods is usually done using the Submit e-Comment on 15-OIR-05 link found in the e-Filing box. Information on future workshops, including how and when to submit comments, will be posted to the Workshops, Notices, and Documents page. To be notified of workshops and other announcements, subscribe to the "Benchmarking" list serve by completing the subscription box on the right.


For more information, please contact:
Erik Jensen
Erik.Jensen@energy.ca.gov
(916) 654-4166

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