Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 793 – Promoting Consumer Access to Energy Management Technologies

Saturday, October 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO –Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 793 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), which will increase the deployment of energy management technologies and will aid in achieving the State’s goal of doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings.

“I am extremely pleased that the Governor has signed AB 793, which is a crucial step in ensuring that the State can meet its energy efficiency goals,” Quirk said.  “Study after study has shown that the more access customers have to their own energy use data, especially data that is provided in real-time or near real-time, the greater potential there is for significant energy savings, resulting in lower utility bills.”

AB 793 requires each electrical or gas corporation to develop an outreach program to educate customers about the ability to ascertain real-time or near real-time energy use data by employing energy management technologies.  Energy management technologies include any product, service or software that allows a customer to better understand and manage energy use in the customer’s home or place of business, such as a Nest thermostat or a home area network (HAN) device that is able to interface with the customer’s advanced or “smart” meter.  AB 793 would also require electrical or gas corporations to develop an incentive program, such as a rebate program, to increase the deployment of these technologies.

AB 793 is supported by the Environmental Defense Fund, TechNet, The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Clean Power Campaign, the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, and the Mission:data Coalition, which represents numerous energy technology companies all across California, including Nest, EnerNOC, Rainforest Automation, Bidgely, WattzOn and Home Energy Analytics, among others.

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Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.