EBEWE - What is happening?

Published on February 26, 2022 by Charles Orr to

We have not received any update from the City of Los Angeles since August 2021 when all reporting deadlines were suspended until further notice. The state of California and other cities temporarily postponed due dates by only a few months and were quickly back on their original schedules for annual filings.

What is happening in Los Angeles? Are they understaffed and/or is their staff still working from home? It has been six months since their last update. And, at that time the LADBS stated that they would provide at least a six-month notice prior to the new compliance due dates. Is the program being revised?

Allow me to get on my soap box for a minute:

The EBEWE requirement for Audit and Retro-Commissioning (A/RCx) for Energy and Water is very demanding. At most, other cities in California require only and Audit of Energy and Water. Some have only an Energy Audit requirement. The cost of an EBEWE A/RCx can be as much as $.50 per square foot in the LA area, which is a heavy lift for a 20,000 square foot commercial building or most any size building.

Then the fine for non-compliance is only $202, while the A/RCx filing fee is $183. The EBEWE A/RCx is an onerous requirement with little downside for non-compliance. May I ask, who would comply, other than those who would do it on their own anyway?

I am open to other thoughts: Charles@PegasusBMS.com.