Earlier this month, the National Resources Defense Council decided to drop AB 3001 (Bonta), a bill which would have mandated all new homes to be “electric-ready” by 2022. More importantly, that bill would have changed the statutory requirement for all energy efficiency standards be cost-effective over the life of the dwelling. The proposed change to the definition would have required the CEC to include in their cost impact analysis the “economic quantification of greenhouse gas reductions on a per-house basis”, a change which would have rendered the term “cost effective” meaningless. The remaining bill, AB 3232 (Friedman) would have required the CEC to establish policy to have all new residential and commercial construction to be “zero emission” no later than 2030. This would have essentially required all new homes to be all-electric and to have enough rooftop solar to cover that substantial power load. A very costly mandate that may have been physically impossible to reach for most two-and three-story dwellings. Recent amendments have removed those provisions from the bill. A new draft of the bill that will be heard in Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee this Wednesday afternoon will instead direct the CEC to investigate a variety of issues including cost-impact and grid reliability associated with efforts to further reduce GHG reductions in new and existing buildings, something the CEC already has the authority to do. AB 3232 would just make sure the CEC does it sooner than later. The bill also directs the CEC to develop a policy plan to implement legislation to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings (AB 758 and SB 350), something CBIA has supported for decades and something the CEC has already started work on.