The Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) initiative presents recommendations to support the California Energy Commission’s efforts to update the California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) to include new requirements or to upgrade existing requirements for various technologies. The four California Investor Owned Utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and SoCalGas® — and two Publicly Owned Utilities — Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District — sponsor this effort.
As directed by Section 25402.7 of the Warren-Alquist Act, the electric and gas utilities and their consultants that make up the Statewide CASE Team provide the Energy Commission with support as they consider updates to the Title 24 Part 6 and Part 11. Throughout each stage, the Statewide CASE Team maintains frequent communication with the Energy Commission and aims to provide timely and reliable support to address technical and non-technical barriers to adopting the standards and preparing for them to take effect.
During the pre-rulemaking stage, the Statewide CASE Team supports the Energy Commission in identifying code change opportunities to pursue for the code cycle. Once the Energy Commission selects measures, the Statewide CASE Team conducts research and analyses to develop supporting documentation that the Energy Commission can rely on when making determinations that proposed changes meet statutory requirements. This includes developing CASE Reports, which include: energy savings estimates, cost-effectiveness analyses, market assessments, economic analyses, material and water use impacts, draft code language, and recommended processes for compliance verification. The Final CASE Reports are submitted to the Energy Commission towards the end of the pre-rulemaking stage.
The Statewide CASE Team engages with stakeholders that may be impacted by the proposed code changes to ensure they are aware of the proposed changes, to encourage constructive dialogue with members of the Statewide CASE Team and the Energy Commission, to identify and address issues with the proposed changes, and to improve research and analyses. To understand the needs of those who will use the code in practice, the Statewide CASE Team conducts personalized outreach, hosts meetings, provides information about proposed code changes and opportunities to provide input on this website platform.
During the rulemaking stage, the Statewide CASE Team actively participates in the Energy Commissions’ rulemaking workshops and tracks all comments that are submitted to the Energy Commission’s public docket. The Statewide CASE Team works with Energy Commission staff to resolve issues that arise during the rulemaking. In addition, the Statewide CASE Team reviews each version of the draft language that is released for public review and recommends revisions to address stakeholder concerns, fine-tune the requirements prior to adoption, fix editorial issues, and recommend adjustments to improve the clarity of code language.
After the standards are adopted, the Statewide CASE Team provides support to update the Compliance Manuals, ACM Reference Manuals, and the compliance software.
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The Statewide CASE Team periodically distributes email notifications that advertise upcoming meetings, provide materials from past meetings, and update stakeholders on the progression of the Energy Commission’s rulemaking process. You can choose to receive measure-specific and/or general updates on these topics depending on your needs.