Assembly Bill 802 directed the California Energy Commission (CEC) to create a statewide energy benchmarking and public disclosure program for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. The CEC’s regulations require healthcare facilities to report building characteristics and energy data to the CEC by June 1, 2018. Reporting is done annually using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
The Importance of Benchmarking and Public Disclosure
California’s SB-350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, requires the state to double energy efficiency savings by 2030. AB-802 compliments this goal by improving building energy efficiency, resulting in less demand for energy and reducing the environmental impact of operating buildings – including reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, AB-802 expands the CEC’s data collection authority to improve the development and evaluation of policy, programs, and the state’s energy infrastructure planning efforts.
Other Local Benchmarking and Public Disclosure Ordinances
The cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Los Angeles have local benchmarking and public disclosure programs whose requirements exceed those of the state program. Healthcare facilities in these jurisdictions may report to the local association only and will not be required to report to the CEC.
How to Comply With AB-802
All healthcare facilities that have not yet submitted their buildings’ characteristics and energy use data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager are encouraged to do so immediately. Ecom-Energy is standing by to assist healthcare facilities with AB-802 compliance. It’s EnerVisor Software provides hands-off compliance, while simultaneously revealing insights that extend well beyond the basic metrics provided via ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
The Costs of Non-Compliance
The CEC will notify offending parties of violation and provide 30 days to comply before imposing penalties. Penalties may also be imposed for facilities that willingly submit reports with incorrect or incomplete data.
Contact Ecom-Energy directly at 714-693-8515 for additional information. We are here to help!