AB 758: Energy Efficiency Law


To help reduce carbon emissions with legislation to improve the energy-efficiency of existing buildings in California.


Our Policy & Legislative Department is committed to working on climate change policy. We sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 758, legislation to make existing buildings more energy efficient and less expensive to operate. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D- Berkeley) and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in October 2009, requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop an energy efficiency program for all existing residential and commercial buildings. 

Energy use in buildings is the largest single global warming pollution source in the United States, accounting for 48% of all greenhouse gas emissions nationally. AB 758 requires the California Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to achieve energy savings in the existing residential and commercial building stock that falls significantly below current model energy code (Title 24) building standards. The law also requires the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to authorize each electrical corporation to provide a targeted number of low- or no-cost energy efficiency audits each calendar year. 

"Energy efficiency can be easy and the payback can be quick," said Mary Luevano, Director of our Policy and Legislative Affairs department. “This law has the potential to help our economic recovery by creating jobs AND it is a win for the environment – it's a no brainer." 


AB 758 text and more information on the State of California website.


Currently, we are working with the CEC and all key stakeholders to craft solutions that will help people pay for energy retrofits of their homes, schools and businesses. We will continue to provide our technical expertise and work as advocates to ensure that implementation of this law happens in a timely and comprehensive way.

The CEC has scheduled three workshops in order to gain public feedback on the soon to be released Draft Action Plan:

  • Wednesday, May 1 in Los Angeles at the Ronald Reagan State Building
  • Monday, May 6 in San Francisco at the CPUC Building
  • Monday, May 13 in Fresno at Fresno City Hall

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