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Senate bill 1477

In 2018, an EFCA representative testified as an expert witness in support of this legislation that helped deliver California’s next generation of clean and affordable homes which will deploy $50 million annually to empower Californians to reduce energy costs, improve air quality, and cut climate pollution. This legislation also was supported by a diverse group of business, building, health, environmental, and affordable housing leaders who want climate-friendly homes and clean heating technologies to be accessible to all Californians.  It also supported funding for the TECH Clean CA rebate program, which focuses on promoting the adoption of Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) and Heat Pump Space Heating (HPSH), as well as the BUILD program, which focuses on new construction initiatives.

NRDC – Three Prong Test

For three years, we collaborated on addressing a significant challenge: an outdated cost evaluation metric that restricted the ability to switch energy sources. This (outdated) 30-year-old cost evaluation metric, was hindering electrification efforts in California. This was impacting our collective work to promote sustainable energy solutions.

feedback on the hers process

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approached us directly for feedback on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, looking for the contractors’ perspective. They recognized the insights we could provide to improve the program’s effectiveness, based on our years of experience working directly with contractors and within the industry.

we are currently monitoring:

  • CPUC – California Public Utilities Commission (we track and participate where it’s relevant)
  • CEC- California Energy Commission (we attend hearings on building codes and enforcement)
  • AQMDs -Air Quality Management Districts
  • Local Government Efforts (Building Decarbonization Coalition, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club and others)
  • Utility providers – IOUs (Investor Owned Utilities), Municipal Utilities, Water Districts, and other entities (CCAs) Community Choice Aggregators