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EFCA Supports AB 593 California Building Emission Reduction Strategies (Haney)

With the state legislature in session, we’re tracking and supporting a bill that will give clear guidance for California’s clean energy transition.

EFCA began over twenty years ago as a champion of California’s home performance contracting. Given this history, fundamental principles such as measured performance, using resources efficiently, and investment in the safety of our homes form the foundation of EFCA’s core beliefs. Applying these principles to California’s clean energy transition, EFCA believes in requiring measurable results towards emissions reduction and in applying comprehensive strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities. 

With this perspective, EFCA co-signed a letter of support for AB 593 (Haney). This bill directs the California Energy Commission to develop a comprehensive strategy and milestones for the state’s building emissions reduction efforts starting in 2024 and to implement this strategy starting in 2025 in order to advance California toward carbon neutrality by 2045. 

In addition, AB 593 also requires that California’s building emissions reduction strategy maximize workforce development and prioritize equity considerations. 

EFCA Board Member, and Senior Regulatory & Policy Specialist at the Building Decarbonization Coalition, Beckie Menten noted:

California is a national leader in developing policies to cut pollution from homes and buildings. But we still don’t have a comprehensive plan for how state policies, funding, and programs will work together to ensure homes and buildings support our state in meeting California’s climate targets. AB 593 will provide that roadmap and ensure a public process with accountability and milestones.

AB 593 passed first committee with broad support. EFCA strongly supports AB 593 and joins the Building Decarbonization Coalition and other California clean energy proponents in calling for the passage of this bill.  

Nicole Whiting

EFCA Director of Communications