California Becomes First State to Open Whole-Building Energy Usage Data

On September 11, California's Assembly Bill 802 cleared both houses of the Legislature, with minimal opposition. The bill adds firepower to energy efficiency requirements for buildings by opening up access to data about energy use.

The bill, according to proponents, adds firepower to energy efficiency requirements for buildings by opening up access to data about energy use. The law applies to buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, which means the owners and operators of apartment buildings, office buildings, malls and other structures should have easy access to benchmark statistics on their energy usage.

Even with previous California law, Assembly Bill 1103, in place, that data has been tough to access, according to Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) Executive Director Cliff Majersik.

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Date Posted: 9/24/2015