by Stacey May
on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 4:41pm.
It's just the beginning of energy monitoring of non-residential buildings on a micro level. Incredibly important Assembly Bills that will require non-residential building owners to report electricity and gas consumption. Non-residential building buyers, lessees and lenders will have the chance to obtain accurate data when running their own financial numbers. So lowering your utility expenses with energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy like solar power will soon help non-residential owners obtain financing. Municipalities will also be able to better understand how to maximize their return on investment when designing energy efficiency improvement programs while they work towards meeting their goals to meet the needs of Assembly Bill 32. No doubt, this will eventually trickle down to the residential level, which would be excellent! California's Assembly Bill 531 was introduced in February 25th of 2009, passed by the Senate August 31st and the Assembly September 2nd of 2009. The proposed Bill allows the Energy Commission to implement the requirements of Assembly Bill 1103 in stages beginning January 1, 2010.
Existing law requires an owner or operator, on and after January 1, 2010, to disclose the United States Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking data and rating to a prospective buyer, lessee of the entire building, or lender that would finance the entire building. The bill instead would require the owner or operator to disclose the benchmarking data and rating to a prospective buyer, lessee of the entire building, or lender that would finance the entire building based on a schedule of compliance established by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
On and after January 1, 2009, electric and gas utilities shall maintain records of the energy consumption data of all nonresidential buildings to which they provide service. This data shall be maintained, in a format compatible for uploading to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, for at least the most recent 12 months. On and after January 1, 2009, upon the written authorization or secure electronic authorization of a nonresidential building owner or operator, an electric or gas utility shall upload all of the energy consumption data for the account specified for a building to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the customer.