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Senator Huff Takes Aim at the California Energy Commission

Two years ago, the California Energy Commission proposed a significant rule change which would have mandated installation of programmable communicating thermostats in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now the CEC has adopted energy efficiency standards that would effectively ban the sale of certain televisions, again in order to, “conserve the energy and protect the environment by avoiding the need to build additional power plants.” It is estimated, however, that the new CEC regulations could result in lost tax revenue of approximately $50 million annually and 4,600 lost jobs in California. With the state unemployment at over 12%, these regulations would have a devastating domino effect.They would negatively impact the state’s manufacturers, consumers and retailers. Senator Huff opposes the CEC’s decision to further regulate what California’s manufacturers can and can not build and what California’s consumers can and cannot purchase, and he understands how such a ban would not only affect the state’s economy, but also significantly hinder the innovation of the industry. To this end, the Senator has introduced a measure to require that all new regulations and standards proposed by the California Energy Commission first be ratified by the Legislature.Senate Bill 1198 also requires that any new regulations and standards cannot go into effect until California’s unemployment rate falls below 5.1% for three consecutive months. For your convenience, I have attached a fact sheet of the bill and will keep you posted as to how it develops.Senator Huff seeks to engage all interested parties and out of that, develop a measure to ensure that the efforts of the California Energy Commission to limit energy consumption aren’t to the detriment of the state’s hard-working families and consumers. If you have any questions or would like to speak to Senator Huff, please feel free to email me or contact Junay Gardner at (916) 651-0429. Kelly GarmanLegislative DirectorOffice of Senator Bob Huff

SB 1198 – CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION REGULATIONS IN BRIEF SB 1198 requires all new regulations and standards proposed by the California Energy Commission to be ratified by the Legislature before final implementation. Furthermore, this bill requires that implementation of any new regulations and standards cannot begin until California’s unemployment rate falls below 5.1% for three consecutive months. Currently, the State of California faces a staggering 12.4% unemployment rate. EXISTING LAW The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The Commission responsibilities include, among other things: • Forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data. • Promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards and working with local government to enforce those standards. • Supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs. • Supporting renewable energy by providing market support to existing, new, and emerging renewable technologies; providing incentives for small wind and fuel cell electricity systems; and providing incentives for solar electricity systems in new home construction. THE ISSUE Contrary to the Legislature, California’s overfed system of government is not directly accountable to the people of the state, and the broad authority of California bureaucrats is becoming more and more illustrious in their efforts to further environmental ideologies. Last year, the California Energy Commission proposed a significant rule change which would have mandated installation of programmable communicating thermostats in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now the CEC has proposed energy efficiency standards that would effectively ban the sale of certain televisions, again in order to, “conserve the energy and protect the environment by avoiding the need to build additional power plants.” It is estimated that the new regulations imposed by the CEC could result in lost tax revenue of approximately $50 million annually and 4,600 lost jobs in California. THE SOLUTION California has been pushed to the economic edge as a result of the state’s current regulatory climate. Every regulation represents a restriction of liberty and every regulation has a cost. SB 1198 ensures that the efforts of the California Energy Commission to limit energy consumption aren’t to the detriment of the state’s hard-working families and consumers. FOR MORE INFORMATION Kelly Garman Office of Senator Bob Huff (916) 651-4029


Two years ago, the California Energy Commission proposed a significant rule change which would have mandated installation of programmable communicating thermostats in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now the CEC has adopted energy efficiency standards that would effectively ban the sale of certain televisions, again in order to, “conserve the energy and protect the environment by avoiding the need to build additional power plants.” It is estimated, however, that the new CEC regulations could result in lost tax revenue of approximately $50 million annually and 4,600 lost jobs in California. With the state unemployment at over 12%, these regulations would have a devastating domino effect.They would negatively impact the state’s manufacturers, consumers and retailers. Senator Huff opposes the CEC’s decision to further regulate what California’s manufacturers can and can not build and what California’s consumers can and cannot purchase, and he understands how such a ban would not only affect the state’s economy, but also significantly hinder the innovation of the industry. To this end, the Senator has introduced a measure to require that all new regulations and standards proposed by the California Energy Commission first be ratified by the Legislature.Senate Bill 1198 also requires that any new regulations and standards cannot go into effect until California’s unemployment rate falls below 5.1% for three consecutive months. For your convenience, I have attached a fact sheet of the bill and will keep you posted as to how it develops.Senator Huff seeks to engage all interested parties and out of that, develop a measure to ensure that the efforts of the California Energy Commission to limit energy consumption aren’t to the detriment of the state’s hard-working families and consumers. If you have any questions or would like to speak to Senator Huff, please feel free to email me or contact Junay Gardner at (916) 651-0429. Kelly GarmanLegislative DirectorOffice of Senator Bob Huff

SB 1198 – CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION REGULATIONS IN BRIEF SB 1198 requires all new regulations and standards proposed by the California Energy Commission to be ratified by the Legislature before final implementation. Furthermore, this bill requires that implementation of any new regulations and standards cannot begin until California’s unemployment rate falls below 5.1% for three consecutive months. Currently, the State of California faces a staggering 12.4% unemployment rate. EXISTING LAW The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The Commission responsibilities include, among other things: • Forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data. • Promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards and working with local government to enforce those standards. • Supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs. • Supporting renewable energy by providing market support to existing, new, and emerging renewable technologies; providing incentives for small wind and fuel cell electricity systems; and providing incentives for solar electricity systems in new home construction. THE ISSUE Contrary to the Legislature, California’s overfed system of government is not directly accountable to the people of the state, and the broad authority of California bureaucrats is becoming more and more illustrious in their efforts to further environmental ideologies. Last year, the California Energy Commission proposed a significant rule change which would have mandated installation of programmable communicating thermostats in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now the CEC has proposed energy efficiency standards that would effectively ban the sale of certain televisions, again in order to, “conserve the energy and protect the environment by avoiding the need to build additional power plants.” It is estimated that the new regulations imposed by the CEC could result in lost tax revenue of approximately $50 million annually and 4,600 lost jobs in California. THE SOLUTION California has been pushed to the economic edge as a result of the state’s current regulatory climate. Every regulation represents a restriction of liberty and every regulation has a cost. SB 1198 ensures that the efforts of the California Energy Commission to limit energy consumption aren’t to the detriment of the state’s hard-working families and consumers. FOR MORE INFORMATION Kelly Garman Office of Senator Bob Huff (916) 651-4029