AB2679                 A time line by 2030 for implementing energy and water, efficiency                 and conservation,...
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A time line by 2030 for implementing energy and water, efficiency
and conservation, combined with onsite generation of energy for
all public buildings where as a state agency was responsible for
issuing a building permit.

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Ab2679 Info Sheet

  1. 1. AB2679 A time line by 2030 for implementing energy and water, efficiency and conservation, combined with onsite generation of energy for all public buildings where as a state agency was responsible for issuing a building permit.The recent release of the California Energy also play a major role in increasing reliability of theCommissions 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report electricity system by reducing stress on existing provides one of many power plants and the transmission system and elements for the creation reducing the demand for new power plants and of AB2679. transmission infrastructure. Energy efficiency and During the first decade demand response measures are the first resources in of the new millennium the loading order because they can contribute to many reports, research meeting climate change goals with little or no documents, and findings impact on the environment and with measurable regarding energy in the benefits (for example, cost savings) to the State of California were consumer.created and numerous laws enacted to ensure theresearch and findings concluded are implemented in Strategies to achieve all cost-managing California’s energy needs. effective energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductionAssembly Bill 2021 (Levine, Chapter 734, Statutes goals include promoting theof 2006): This bill requires the Energy Commission, development of zero net energyin consultation with the CPUC and publicly owned buildings, increased building and applianceutilities, to develop a statewide estimate of all standards, and better enforcement of thosepotentially achievable cost-effective electricity and standards. A zero net energy building merges highlynatural gas efficiency savings and establish energy-efficient facility strategies related to thestatewide annual targets for energy efficiency building structure, the integration of state of-the-artsavings and demand reduction over 10 years. appliances and lighting systems, and high performance windows to reduce a building’s loadAssembly Bill 758 (Skinner, Chapter 470, Statutes and peak requirements. Technical strategies forof 2009): This bill requires the Energy Commission efficiency also can include on-site solar waterto establish a regulatory proceeding by March 1, heating and renewable energy, such as solar2010, to develop a comprehensive program to photovoltaic, to meet remaining energy needs. Theachieve greater energy savings in existing result is a grid-connected building that drawsresidential and nonresidential buildings. energy from, and feeds surplus energy to, the grid. Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Energy efficiency and conservation programs reduce energy costs, which makes businesses more competitive and allows consumers to save money. In addition, energy efficiency reduces the cost of meeting peak demand during periods of hightemperatures and high prices. By reducing thedemand for electricity, energy efficiency programs
  2. 2. the least-cost options to meet the state’s growing Cost effectiveness will motivate energy needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, organizations to implement every dollar invested in energy efficiency produced $1.17 in net benefits for the state.” projects with short paybacks, positive cash flow and projects that Energy Efficiency Groupware Application Annual Reports, Table 4 (2006-2008 costs). will reduce cost http://eega2006.cpuc.ca.gov California’s efficiency programs have continued to Energy Efficiency Financing provide more than $2 in benefits for every Public Sector Projects $1investedMany organizations see the lack of funds as a majorbarrier to energy efficiency projects. Our research Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis is a comparativeindicates that there are many project funding method whereby all costs and savings related to asources. In many cases, the funding can be decision are evaluated over a common study periodstructured so that the projects can be repaid from and adjusted for the time value of money. Sinceenergy savings, negating the need for upfront LCC incorporates the time value of money, on costscapital and eliminating lack of capital as a project and savings over a given study period, decisionbarrier. makers should consider using the LCC methodology when evaluating the cost effectiveness of energy efficient, conservation, demand side management, and site generations project alternatives. This is a direct cost analysis the indirect is consumer spending and jobs.Cost effectiveness will motivate organizations toimplement projects with short paybacks, positive Energy Efficiency & Jobscash flows and projects that would reduce operating CPUC analyses determined the state can capturecost. High energy cost result in cost effective approximately 7,000 MW and nearly 29,000 GWhprojects with short paybacks and positive cash of additional efficiency savings through 2020flows. Capturing these savings is important as the stateEnergy efficiency projects financed by the Energy seeks to jumpstart the economy, and improve airCommission, however, have received a special quality. Efficiency is a proven tool to create jobsexemption from the State Attorney General’s and to enable consumers to keep more money inOffice. Under a 1984 Attorney General’s ruling, their pockets by paying less on their utility bills. Aenergy efficiency projects that “pay for themselves”from energy cost savings do not constitute debt. U.C. Berkeley analysis of the state’s overall energyReported to the California Public Utilities efficiency efforts 1972 to 2006 provided a Commission in the cumulative total of about $56 billion in savings and Investor Owned created about 1.5 million full-time equivalent jobs Utility performance with a payroll of $45 billion report for the Energy Action Plan program CPUC “California Long Term Energy Efficiency cycle of 2006-2008 Strategic Plan,” is expected to provide even more “Investments in savings to consumers while creating more than energy efficiency 15,000 skilled green jobs continue to be one of

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