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  • MANDATOR BENCHMARKING REGULATIONS

    Posted: September 29, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Regulations to guide California’s implementation of the state’s mandatory benchmarking law are in the final stages of being finalized.  Basically, if you will have to benchmark any building over 50,000 s.f. and report that information to the CEC.  The regulations are a bit more complicated, as they get into lots of detail about many compliance scenarios.  The last round of amendments to the regulations included the following:

    1. Modifying the definition of “active” as it applies to utility accounts (§1681(a)).

     

    1. Modifying the methods a building owner or owner’s agent may use to demonstrate

    building ownership or agency when requesting energy use data from a utility

    (§1682(a)(1)(B)).

    1. Clarifying and simplifying the processes by which a building owner, owner’s agent, or

    utility may obtain customer permission to share building-level energy use data with a

    building owner or owner’s agent (§1682(b)(4)).

    1. Specifying that a utility will not be required to provide whole-building energy use data

    more than once in a three-month period (§1682(b)(7)), except for requests made for

    compliance with the benchmarking and public disclosure requirements.

    1. Adding requirements for a building owner or owner’s agent to notify a utility of certain

    changes when the utility is providing recurring automatic upload of whole-building

    energy use data (§1682(b)(8)).

    1. Removing items from, and making modifications to, the list of metrics the Energy

    Commission may make available on a public website (§1683(c)(3)).

    Our industry has paid very close attention to this issue, has provided comments and feedback to the CEC through every step of the process, and we remain in support of these regulations.  Click here to see all the details.



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