The Council continues to grow significantly in activities in Sacramento. Following on the truly significant outcomes from the 2015 legislature, which included a doubling of efficiency targets, benchmarking requirements, and requiring the use of existing conditions as the default baseline, Staff was busy ensuring that implementation of these laws went smoothly. Highlights include:
- Successfully moved our EE Funding Bill (AB 1330), which was signed by Governor Brown and clarifies that the CPUC should increase funding for EE as necessary to meet the goal of doubling savings per SB 350.
- Amended legislation on contract disclosure to remove the requirement that every contract executed by the Commission or a regulated utility for any service would have to be published on the CPUC website.
- Supported legislation which required the CPUC to consider the findings of the Demand Response Potential Study to determine the availability of demand reduction resources.
- Started work with the Governor and legislative leaders to ensure that demand response and energy efficiency remain viable resources in the CAISO market in the event that CAISO is successful in expanding its efforts to expand its jurisdiction to western states.