SEP Funds Supported the Development of New Appliance Standards and Grid Resilience

$100 billion
In cumulative savings since 1980

January 1, 2020
Adoption of the 2019 CA Building Energy Efficiency Standards will become effective

$3.288 million
In SEP funds leveraged in FY 2018


In California, the State Energy Office utilized SEP funds to support the development and implementation of appliance and building standards. Activities SEP funds support include technical and engineering analyses, market assessments, active engagements with industry and other stakeholders, and stewardship of related rulemakings. Of note in 2018 was adoption of the nation-leading 2019 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards for nonresidential and residential buildings, which become effective in January 1, 2020. The 2019 Building Standards encourage inclusion and seamless integration of features that support grid interactivity and resilience. In the realm of appliance efficiency, CEC is currently developing standards for a number of device categories, including commercial and industrial air compressors, and is implementing new standards for some general service lamps, showerheads, and other water-conserving fixtures, computers and monitors, portable electric spas, and portable air conditioners. Since 1980, the appliance and building standards have saved the California economy more than $100 billion. Via the Energy Commission, California maintains its productive multi-decade working relationship with the USDOE in these and other areas.

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