California’s SB-350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, requires the state to double statewide energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas end uses by 2030.
AB 802 supports this mission by authorizing the California Energy Commission to create a building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure program. In addition, AB 802 expands the CEC’s data collection authority to improve the development and evaluation of policy and programs, and the state’s energy infrastructure planning efforts.
The specific benefit anticipated from AB 802 is improved building energy efficiency statewide, resulting in less demand for energy, thus reducing the environmental impact of operating buildings, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The energy benchmark information enables building owners to make informed decisions regarding whether and how to make building improvements. Plus, public disclosure of building‐level performance information provides an incentive for building owners to improve their buildings, and provides a valuable tool to help prospective building owners and tenants understand more fully a building they are considering purchasing or renting.