Legislature Passes Skinner’s SB 782 to Open Access to Energy Data

August 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today the California State Legislature passed State Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 782 to make it easier to collect and share energy use data from multi-family and commercial buildings. SB 782 now goes to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

“Cutting energy use in buildings is one of the easiest ways to fight climate change, plus it saves money on energy bills,” said Senator Skinner. “Opening access to energy use data will spur public and private innovation to help reduce energy use in California buildings.”

SB 782 would make it easier for lease holders to share their energy use data with third parties, such as those that offer and implement energy efficiency services. Currently, if a resident or business wants to let a third party analyze the aggregated energy use data from their home or commercial space, they have to provide a wet signature to the utility signaling consent to share their data. SB 782 would allow an electronic signature, bringing the process into the 21st Century and helping unleash market forces to spur innovation in energy efficiency and green energy.

Additionally, SB 782 makes it easier to collect building energy data on certain types of buildings. The state currently requires that building owners report energy use data for multi-family and commercial buildings to the State Energy Commission. SB 782 would extend this requirement to properties that contain multiple units in separate structures, such as cottage-style apartments.

“People shouldn’t have to jump through hoops just to share their energy use data with third parties who could help them be more efficient,” said Senator Skinner. “My bill makes the energy data process easier.”

Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) represents the 9th Senate District. She serves as Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary.