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AB-3232 Zero-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/01/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 01, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 3232


Introduced by Assembly Member Friedman
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom, Chiu, and Mark Stone)
(Coauthors: Senators Allen and Stern)

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 25403 to the Public Resources Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3232, as amended, Friedman. Zero-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy.
The Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to adopt building design and construction standards and energy and water conservation standards for new residential and nonresidential buildings to reduce the wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, or unnecessary consumption of energy, including energy associated with the use of water. The act requires those standards to be cost effective when taken in their entirety and when amortized over the economic life of the structure compared with historic practice. The act requires the commission to adopt standards for a program of electrical load management for each utility service area.
This bill would require the commission, by February 1, 2019, to open a proceeding to consider load management standards and strategies needed to optimize building energy use in a manner that reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases. The bill would require the commission, by January 1, 2020, to develop a plan to achieve the goal that assess the potential for the state to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from the state’s residential and commercial building stock shall be reduced by at least 40% below 1990 levels by January 1, 2030. The bill would require this plan assessment to include consideration of cost-effective strategies to reduce emissions from space heating and water heating in both new and existing residential and commercial buildings, as specified. The bill would require the commission to revise standards for the program of electrical load management to optimize building energy use in a manner that reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases. The bill would require the commission to include in the 2021 edition of the integrated energy policy report and all subsequent integrated energy policy reports a progress report on achieving the above-stated goals, recommendations to the Legislature on strategies to remedy any performance gaps in achieving those goals, and the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with the supply of energy to residential and commercial buildings.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Chapter 249 of the Statutes of 2016 directs the state to achieve a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
(2) Building-related emissions Buildings are responsible for 25 percent of all emissions of greenhouse gases.
(3) Direct emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels in buildings, primarily for space and water heating, accounts for 10 percent of all emissions of greenhouse gases in California.
(4) Approximately half of all energy used in buildings in California is in the form of on-site combustion of fossil fuels.
(5) The state has many ambitious energy efficiency building goals. Chapter 470 of the Statutes of 2009 requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to establish a comprehensive program to achieve greater energy savings in the state’s existing residential and nonresidential building stock. The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (Chapter 547 of the Statutes of 2015) establishes a goal of achieving a cumulative doubling of statewide energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas final end uses of retail customers by January 1, 2030. However, the state has not established assessed the potential for reducing total greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for buildings. emissions from buildings by an amount that is consistent with the state’s greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
(6) Decarbonizing California’s buildings is essential to achieve the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals at the lowest possible cost.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to achieve significant reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases in by the state’s residential and commercial building stock by January 1, 2030.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25403 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25403.
 (a) By January 1, 2020, the The commission shall do all both of the following:
(1) By February 1, 2019, open a proceeding to consider load management standards and strategies needed to optimize building energy use in a manner that reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases.

(1)Develop a plan to achieve the goal of reducing

(2) By January 1, 2020, assess the potential for the state to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases by the state’s residential and commercial building stock by at least 40 percent below the 1990 levels by January 1, 2030. The plan assessment shall include consideration of cost-effective strategies to reduce emissions from space heating and water heating in both new and existing residential and commercial buildings. In developing the plan, assessment, the commission shall consider, and ensure that these strategies account for, the unique challenges associated with reducing emissions from low-income housing, multifamily housing, and high-rise buildings. The commission shall also evaluate the potential impacts of the strategies, including on customer costs and grid reliability.

(2)Revise standards adopted pursuant to Section 25403.5 to ensure appropriate standards and incentives exist to optimize building energy use in a manner that reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases.

(b) Beginning with the integrated energy policy report due on November 1, 2021, and in all subsequent integrated energy policy reports, the commission shall include in the integrated energy policy report a report on its progress toward achieving the goals set forth in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a), recommendations to the Legislature on strategies to remedy any performance gaps in achieving those goals, and the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with the supply of energy to residential and commercial buildings, by fuel type. The commission shall make this information publicly available on its Internet Web site.