In the fall of 2010, I attended a weeklong conference focusing on the verification, monitoring, and enforcement (VME) of energy efficiency regulations. Over 100 agency professionals from countries including China, India, Korea, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States met in London to discuss how efficiency standards were being enforced in other countries.
Last month the CEC announced a staff workshop on rulemaking for appliance efficiency enforcement. The workshop will seek public comments regarding the enforcement process for CEC appliance efficiency regulations (found in Title 20, sections 1601-1608, of the California Code of Regulations).
The impetus for the workshop came last fall when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill giving the CEC authority to issue citations and fines when efficiency regulations are violated. It now falls to the CEC to establish an enforcement process and to determine penalties and collection procedures. Based on feedback from the upcoming workshop, the CEC will then propose a rulemaking schedule.
The workshop will be held March 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION headquarters at 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California. Remote access via WebEx and telephone is also available. For more information, including a list of issues that the CEC is requesting information on,
The CEC the hopes to post the rulemaking schedule in April. Going forward, it will be interesting to see just how tough the new rules of enforcement will be.