Calif. Rethinks Energy Disclosure Rule For Building Owners

Law360, New York (December 7, 2015, 10:43 AM EST) -- Alfred M. Clark

Kathleen Smalley California takes an aggressive stance on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, e.g., Cal. Health & Safety Code §§38500 et seq. (Global Warming Solutions Act). With a large proportion of greenhouse gases in the state associated with production of electricity, the Legislature targets consumption of electricity in buildings throughout the state. One part of that approach has been to encourage conservation by publicizing actual use in buildings, to create competition among owners to be efficient in the consumption of energy. The current regime has been problematic and not terribly effective; a new approach is in the works....

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