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Energy Efficiency strategic plan process

Part of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision on energy efficiency in 2007 was to develop a long-range statewide strategic plan to continue to move the state towards higher energy efficiency goals. Three big, bold strategies included in the decision were:

  • All new residential construction shall be zero net energy use by 2020
  • All new commercial construction shall be zero net energy use by 2030
  • The HVAC industry will be reshaped to assure optimal performance of HVAC equipment.

California’s investor owned utilities (PG&E, Edison, SDG&E and the Gas Company) are tasked with developing the strategic plan, with the first draft due on February 1, and a final plan due by May 15. Comment periods will follow each filing. Local governments were recognized as important players in the CPUC decision for any long-term strategy.

To assist the utilities in this endeavor, the CPUC Energy Division convened numerous workshops. One workshop was dedicated entirely to local governments, while others focused on local governments for part of the day. A ‘straw man’ local government chapter for the strategic plan was developed following the workshops and several conference calls. If you would like to see a copy of the ‘straw man’, please email pstoner@lgc.org. Otherwise, be watching for the IOU filing on February 1.

Concurrent with the long-term strategic plan effort, the IOUs are developing their portfolios for the next round of energy efficiency programs that also must be filed by May 15. The Decision states that the utilities’ applications for approval of 2009-2011 energy efficiency portfolios shall be informed by and complement the proposed statewide strategic plan and shall include strategies for programs targeting residential new construction, commercial new construction, and heating/ ventilation/ air conditioning measures. The applications shall also include an explanation of the efforts they have made to expand third-party and local government partnerships.

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