California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission Joint Agency Workshop on Building Decarbonization

April 8, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
La Kretz Innovation Center Auditorium
Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator
525 S. Hewitt St
Los, Angeles, California  90013

Event Title:  Public Workshop:  Building Decarbonization
Event Link:  
Event Number:  926 852 886
Event Password:  meeting@930

Call-in toll-free number:  1-866-469-3239
Call-in toll number: 1-650-429-3300
Access code:  926 852 886

Rory Cox, 415-703-1093, 


The purpose of this workshop is to develop a shared understanding of key policy issues related to building decarbonization, learn from actions taken by local agencies, and consider possible approaches for implementing the programs required by SB 1477.


On June 14, 2018, the Energy Commission held a workshop on building decarbonization.  The Energy Commission's 2018 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update included a chapter on the need to decarbonize buildings, found that greenhouse gas emissions from buildings are second only to transportation, and recommended developing a plan to assess the feasibility of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

In September 2018, Governor Brown signed two bills into law related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, SB 1477 (Stern) and AB 3232 (Friedman).  SB 1477 calls on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop, in consultation with the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission), two programs (BUILD and TECH) aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with buildings.  AB 3232 calls on the Energy Commission to, by 2021, develop an assessment of the feasibility of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of California's buildings 40 percents below 1990 levels by 2030, working in consultation with the CPUC and other state agencies.

In January 2019, the CPUC instituted a new rulemaking on building decarbonization.  The proposed scope of the rulemaking includes: 1) implementing SB 1477; 2) potential pilot programs to address new construction in areas damaged by wildfires; 3) coordinating CPUC policies with Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards developed at the Energy Commission; and 4) establishing a building decarbonization policy framework.

This workshop is intended to continue the process of developing and refining a shared understanding of the opportunities for decarbonization buildings as state agencies turn their focus to implementing SB 1477 and AB 3232 in order to achieve the state's climate policy goals.

Presentations will be posted here after the workshop.

Workshop Agenda

Monday, April 8, 2019, 9:30AM - 3:00PM

9:30 - 9:45 - Keynote - Senator Henry Stern

9:45 - 9:55 - Welcome - Matt Peterson, CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

9:55 - 10:15    Introduction - President Michael Picker, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Commissioner Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission (CEC) 

10:15 - 11:15  The Big Picture
Moderator - Amber Mahone, E3

11:15 - 12:30  Local Leadership in Building Decarbonization
Moderator - Lauren Faber, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Mayor's Office (invited)

12:30 - 1:30  LUNCH

1:30 - 3:00  Proposed Approaches to Implementing SB 1477
Moderator - Rory Cox, CPUC Energy Division

*All panels will be workshop style and include a panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.  As a result, all opportunity for public comment will occur at the end of each panel.

For more information, workshop recording, and to file comments to the California Energy Commission docket, click here.




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