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AB-2379 Energy: home energy rating program: report.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 13, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2379


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk

February 18, 2016


An act to amend Section 25942 of the Public Resources Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2379, as amended, Quirk. Energy: home energy rating program: report.
Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to prepare an integrated energy policy report every 2 years. Under existing law, the report is required to include an evaluation of the energy savings attributable to the statewide home energy rating program and a recommendation concerning which means and methods will be most efficient and cost-effective cost effective to induce home energy ratings for residential dwellings.
This bill would additionally require the report to include a comparison of actual energy savings consumption and the models or projections used to qualify the rating program and would update an obsolete cross-reference.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The pmendations on cost-effective measures to improve energy efficiency.

(3) Training and certification procedures for home raters and quality assurance procedures to promote accurate ratings and to protect consumers.
(4) In coordination with home energy rating service organization databases, procedures to establish a centralized, publicly accessible, accessible database that includes a uniform reporting system for information on residential dwellings, excluding proprietary information, needed to facilitate the program. There shall be no public access to information in the database concerning specific dwellings without the owner’s or occupant’s permission.
(5) Labeling procedures that will meet the needs of home buyers, homeowners, renters, the real estate industry, and mortgage lenders with an interest in home energy ratings.
(b) The commission shall adopt the program pursuant to subdivision (a) in consultation with representatives of the Department of Real Estate, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Public Utilities Commission, investor-owned and municipal utilities, cities and counties, real estate licensees, home builders, mortgage lenders, home appraisers and inspectors, home energy rating organizations, contractors who provide home energy services, consumer groups, and environmental groups.
(c) On and after January 1, 1996, no home energy rating services may be performed in this state unless the services have been certified, if such a certification program is available, by the commission to be in compliance with the program criteria specified in subdivision (a) and, in addition, are in conformity with any other applicable element of the program.
(d) On or before July 1, 1996, the commission shall consult with the agencies and organizations described in subdivision (b), to facilitate a public information program to inform homeowners, rental property owners, renters, sellers, and others of the existence of the statewide home energy rating program adopted by the commission.
(e) The commission shall, as part of the integrated energy policy report prepared pursuant to Section 25302, report on the progress made to implement a statewide home energy rating program. The report shall include an evaluation of the energy savings attributable to the program, a comparison of actual energy savings consumption and the models or projections used to qualify the rating program, and a recommendation concerning which means and methods will be most efficient and cost-effective cost effective to induce home energy ratings for residential dwellings.