AB 758 – Utility Regulation

Energy Audits

On February 26, 2009, a bill (AB 758) was introduced in the California General Assembly that would require the California Energy Commission, by March 1, 2010, to establish a regulatory proceeding to develop a comprehensive program to achieve greater energy savings in the state’s existing residential and nonresidential building stock. The Energy Commission would be required to consult with specified entities and to hold at least three public hearings.

The bill would also require the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), by March 1, 2010, to open a new proceeding or amend an existing proceeding to investigate the ability of electrical corporations and gas corporations to provide energy efficiency financing options to their customers to implement the comprehensive program. Local publicly owned electric utilities, by a specified date, would be responsible for implementing an energy efficiency program that recognizes the Legislature’s intent to encourage energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions in existing residential and nonresidential buildings.