Governor Brown Signs Skinner’s SB 782 to Open Access to Energy Data

September 22, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today Governor Brown signed State Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 782, making it easier to get data on the energy use in buildings so energy service providers and researchers can advance energy efficiency, demand management and other improvements.

“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 California meet its energy efficiency and green building goals.”

With SB 782, lease holders will now be able to more easily share their energy use data with third parties, such as those that offer and implement energy efficiency services.  Instead of having to give the utility a wet signature to signal consent for data sharing, residents or business can now use an electronic signature to authorize a third party to analyze the aggregated energy use data from their home or commercial space. By bringing this process into the 21st Century, SB 782 unleashes 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 already requires building owners to report energy use data for multi-family and commercial buildings to the State Energy Commission. SB 782 extends this requirement to properties that contain multiple units in separate structures, such as cottage-style apartments.

“Californians will no longer have to jump through hoops just to share data with those who could help their home or office become more energy 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.