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California Public Utilities Commission

HVAC2 DRAFT - Code Compliance Incentive Pilot and Residential Quality Installation Programs
This document presents the research plan for evaluation of California HVAC code compliance incentive pilot program (CCIPP) 1 and residential quality installation programs administered by investor - owned utilities during the 2013 - 14 program cycle under HVAC Work Order 2 (HVAC 2). This evaluation is part of the overall California Public Utilities Commission HVAC Research Roadmap, which is part of the CPUC 2013 – 14 Energy Efficiency EM&V Plan.

October 2015
California Public Utilities Commission

HVAC3 Quality Maintenance Research Plan FINAL 2013-14
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has engaged DNV GL to evaluate California investor owned utility (IOU) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program activity under the CPUC 2013-14 HVAC Research Roadmap. As part of this work, this study will investigate the energy impact of 2013-2014 IOU HVAC Maintenance programs in California including IOU Quality Maintenance programs. The study focuses on commercial applications because that has been the focus of IOU HVAC Maintenance program activity in 2013-2014. More specifically, this study will focus on the impact assessment of the five measures with highest ex ante impact across the IOU HVAC Maintenance programs: 1) refrigerant charge adjustment, 2) economizer repair, 3) evaporator and condenser coil cleaning, 4) thermostat adjustment, and 5) supply fan control. The study will also include a Net to Gross analysis, and will work closely with the ex ante team to gather data that will support updates to future workpapers.

October 2015
California Public Utilities Commission

HVAC1 Upstream Draft Research Plan
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has engaged DNV GL under the CPUC 2013-14 HVAC Research Roadmap to evaluate California investor-owned utility (IOU) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program activity. As part of this work, this study will investigate the energy impact of 2013-2014 IOU Upstream HVAC programs in California. DNV GL’s research will include onsite surveys and engineering analysis of chillers and packaged HVAC/ heat pump systems. The evaluation team will also characterize the commercial use of ductless mini-split systems. In addition, the study will look at the efficacy of remotely-monitored metering equipment with an eye on increasing data collection efficiency and reducing costs for future evaluations. DNV will also investigate market shares to compare the quantity of high efficiency units that were sold without program influence versus the quantity of those attributed to the upstream program. The primary goal of this research is to determine the best estimate of actual energy and demand savings achieved by rebated upstream HVAC measures during the 2013–14 program cycle.

July 2015
California Public Utilities Commission

Energy Efficiency Joint EM&V Plan 2014-2015 V5
The plan is pertinent to all HVAC sectors. This update to the plan reflects prioritization of studies and allocation of funds authorized for EM&V in D 14-10-046. It also provides the most recent refresh of all activity that is currently underway for 2013-2014 evaluation activities. The Joint Evaluation Plan is a living document, and the next update is expected at the end of 2015.

June 2015
California Public Utilities Commission

HVAC4 Study of Deemed HVAC Measures, Year 1 Report, Rev. 2
This study set out to advance the understanding of the uncertainties associated with claimed energy savings in California by assessing the ex ante estimates for a few key HVAC measures that are not captured by the separate (but related) impact evaluations of the Quality Installation, Quality Maintenance, or the upstream HVAC programs. The study team selected three HVAC measures to analyze, using Monte Carlo simulations, in Year 1 based on review and analysis of 2013 and 2010-2012 IOU tracking data including: residential furnaces, residential quality maintenance & blower motor replacements, and mini-split and variable refrigerant flow systems. This report provides preliminary uncertainty values associated with the selected measures’ ex ante savings and the relative contribution of each input parameter to the variance of each measure’s ex ante savings.

May 2015
California Energy Commission

Pre-Rulemaking on 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (2016 Title 24)

The Building Energy Efficiency Standards rulemaking process for the 2016 update (effective January 1, 2017) is beginning. The rulemaking documents, including the 45-day language, are posted on the Energy Commission's webpage at the links below are. ("45-day language" is a term used to indicate the length of time the public has to comment on documents, once released.)

A Lead Commissioner Hearing on Proposed Revisions to Title 24 Parts 1, 6, and 11 will he held on March 2 and 3, 2015. One can sign-up to receive notifications here.

The Notices of Proposed Action for the 2016 revisions to the Title 24 Part 6 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, and separately for the voluntary provisions in Title 24 Part 11, are now available on the CEC website, here.

These are provided in advance of formal publication by the Office of Administrative Law to better facilitate public review and comment. The 45-Day public comment period will begin on the date of formal publication by the Office of Administrative Law, currently anticipated to be February 13, 2016.

Click here for more information.

The 2016 Standards will continue to improve upon the current 2013 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. The updated standards will be proposed for adoption in 2015 with an effective date of January 1, 2017. See the schedule here.

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct workshops to present potential revisions to the Standards and obtain public suggestions and comment. The scope, time, and date of these workshops will be publicly noticed.

To participate in the pre-rulemaking and/or rulemaking process for the update to the 2016 Standards you can attend one or more of the workshops and provide verbal comments to the record. Written comments can be submitted to the pre-rulemaking or rulemaking docket. Instructions for submitting comments can be found on each Workshop Notice. Click here for more information.

February 2015
California Public Utilities Commission

WO32 HVAC Evaluation Interim Findings of Commercial Quality Maintenance HVAC Programs
Work Order 32 is a CPUC-led EM&V effort that is examining the savings produced in the field from the IOU “Quality” installation and maintenance (QI/QM) programs in both the residential and commercial sectors through pre/post testing of equipment efficiency, monitoring of the equipment, modeling the savings and directly observing contractors in the field. The study is also examining the IOUs largest HVAC program, the Upstream Equipment Incentives program. This portion of the evaluation will focus on market research such as market actor interviews and analysis of equipment shipment data into California. Still critical questions remain unanswered in the upstream program including the efficiency of the equipment incented through the program as installed, the impact of new commercial HVAC efficiency standards on the program and the efficiency of the equipment incented through the program.

December 2014
California Public Utilities Commission

Rulemaking R.13-11-005 - PROPOSED DECISION 
Establishes a proceeding in which to fund the current energy efficiency portfolios through 2015, implement energy efficiency "rolling portfolios", and address various related policy - November 14, 2013. Decision establishing energy efficiency savings goals and approving 2015 energy efficiency programs and budgets (concludes Phase I of R.13-11-005). Opening comments, which shall not exceed 15 pages, are due no later than October 6, 2014. Reply comments, which shall not exceed 5 pages, are due 5 days after the last day for filing opening comments. Until and unless the Commission hears the item and votes to approve it, the proposed decision has no legal effect. This item may be heard, at the earliest, at the Commission’s October 16, 2014 Business Meeting. To confirm when the item will be heard, please see the Business Meeting agenda, which is posted on the Commission’s website 10 days before each Business Meeting. Parties of record may file comments on the proposed decision as provided in Rule 14.3 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure.

September 2014
California Energy CommissionThe California Building Standards Code (2013 Title 24)
Beginning July 1st, 2014, the new 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) will go into effect. 2013 version changes to Title 24 requirements occur in ‘Part 6’ of the California Building Standards Code. Title 24, Part 6 refers specifically to Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings. The most significant efficiency improvements to the residential Standards are proposed for windows, envelope insulation and HVAC system testing. The most significant efficiency improvements to the nonresidential Standards are proposed for lighting controls, windows, unitary HVAC equipment and building commissioning.
September 2014
California Public Utilities Commission

Proceeding A.12-07-001
Authorized applications from Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company for their 2013-2014 energy Efficiency program portfolios. Includes implementation of financing pilot programs. Filing date July 2, 2012.

August 2014
California Energy Commission

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39)

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) changed the corporate income tax code and allocates projected revenue to California's General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-14. Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.

August 2014
California Energy Commission

2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update Docket # 14-IEP-1

Senate Bill 1389 (SB 1389, Bowen and Sher, Chapter 568, Statutes of 2002) requires the California Energy Commission to:

"[C]onduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery and distribution, demand, and prices. The Energy Commission shall use these assessments and forecasts to develop energy policies that conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety." (Pub. Res. Code § 25301(a)).”


The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR, pronounced eye'-per) every two years and an update every other year. This proceeding, docket # 14-IEP-1, will cover the 2014Integrated Energy Policy Report Update.

August 2014
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