Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings

Senate Bill 350 (De León, Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015) directs the California Energy Commission to establish energy efficiency targets that achieve a statewide, cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas final end uses by 2030, to the extent doing so is cost effective, feasible, and does not adversely impact public health and safety.

The Energy Commission adopted energy efficiency targets at a business meeting held on November 8, 2017, as part of a final Commission Report, Senate Bill 350: Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings by 2030

The report also proposes sub-targets for individual utilities and non-utility energy efficiency programs towards achieving the doubling of energy efficiency savings in electric and natural gas end uses by 2030, as required by SB 350. The targets show that California is currently close to achieving the doubling goal in 2030 with existing and expected programs, but a gap exists between current projections and the line representing the doubling of energy efficiency. Additional analysis will be undertaken to identify potential future programs and strategies that will help to fill the gap and achieve the doubling goal envisioned by SB 350. Key recommendations on policies needed to achieve the targets include:

  • Maintaining funding for energy efficiency programs.

  • Rewarding energy efficiency programs that successfully attract private capital, simplifying and reducing the cost of program participation, and tying incentives to measured and sustained performance in the real world.

  • Improving code compliance by increasing interagency collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and funding for outreach and education at the local level, especially for local building permit offices and contractors.

  • Establishing specific action steps and timelines for responsible entities to realize significant increases in energy efficiency, which is required as part of the update to the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

  • Expanding workforce training to improve the quality of energy efficiency equipment installation, consistent with recommendations from the Low-Income Barriers Report and the Existing Building Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

  • Ensuring the Energy Commission has the proper regulations to allow for biennial granular tracking and reporting required by SB 350, including analyzing the impact of efficiency targets in disadvantaged communities.

In establishing these targets, SB 350 requires the Energy Commission to conduct a public process that engages with stakeholders. This public process began in 2016, and will continue as updates to the energy efficiency targets occur as part of the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) proceeding. The Energy Commission will track and report compliance with SB 350 mandates as part of the 2019 IEPR proceedings and every two years thereafter until 2030.

To date the Energy Commission has held the following workshops:

  • July 11, 2016 - joint workshop with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to discuss the data and analytical needs related to establishing the energy efficiency doubling targets.

  • January 23, 2017 - joint workshop with the CPUC to discuss the process and analytical framework through which the doubling targets would be established.

  • June 19, 2017 - staff workshop to discuss the methodologies related to energy efficiency target setting.

  • September 7, 2017 - joint workshop to discuss the draft report, Senate Bill 350 Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings by 2030.

SB-350 Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. (2015-2016)


For more information, please contact:

Bryan Early
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-39
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-4714

News media, please call: Media & Public Communications Office - 916-654-4989.

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