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SB-30 Building decarbonization.(2021-2022)



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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 30


Introduced by Senator Cortese

December 07, 2020


An act to add Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 25970) to Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 30, as introduced, Cortese. Building decarbonization.
Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to assess the potential for the state to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from the state’s residential and commercial building stock by at least 40% below 1990 levels by January 1, 2030. Existing law requires the commission to include in the 2021 edition of the integrated energy policy report and all subsequent integrated energy policy reports a report on the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with the supply of energy to residential and commercial buildings.
This bill would, on or after January 1, 2022, prohibit a state agency from designing or constructing a state facility that is connected to the natural gas grid. The bill would require the department to develop the California State Building Decarbonization Plan that will lead to the operational carbon-neutrality of all state-owned buildings by January 1, 2035. The bill would, except as provided, prohibit state agencies from providing funding or other support for projects for the construction of residential and nonresidential buildings that are connected to the natural gas grid.
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) In 2016, California’s buildings were responsible for directly emitting 37 million metric tons (MMt) of greenhouse gases (GHGs)
(2) A zero-emissions building code would require that buildings do not emit GHGs from onsite sources, and rely solely on clean energy.
(3) One-third of California’s 2045 building stock will be built between now and 2045.
(4) New, decarbonized, all-electric buildings cost less to build to code than those requiring additional gas infrastructure.
(5) Decarbonizing new construction could seed the market for retrofitting existing buildings to become GHG-free.
(6) Over 50 cities and counties in California have considered policies to support all-electric construction, while 39 have already updated their building codes to become GHG-free.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to compliment the anticipated actions by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to set a zero-emission deadline for new construction by 2025.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 25970) is added to Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  11.5. Building Dercarbonization

25970.
 On or after January 1, 2022, a state agency, including, but not limited to, the Department of General Services, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations, shall not design or construct a state facility that is connected to the natural gas grid, where feasible.

25971.
 The Department of General Services shall develop the California State Building Decarbonization Plan that will lead to the operational carbon-neutrality of all state-owned buildings by no later than January 1, 2035, where feasible. The plan shall, at a minimum, consist of the following:
(a) A baseline of the greenhouse gas footprint of the state-owned building stock.
(b) Strategies to reach 2035 carbon-neutrality goal.
(c) A schedule for achieving the carbon-neutrality goal.

25972.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), on or after January 1, 2023, to the extent permissible under federal law, a state agency shall not provide funding or other support for projects for the construction of residential or nonresidential buildings that are connected to the natural gas grid.
(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a project for which the lack of funding from the state will result in the loss of federal or other funds if the project offsets the projected emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from natural gas usage at the building.