New California legislation has addressed the movement toward renewable energy and the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In 2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order setting GHG emissions targets for the years 2010, 2020 and 2050. This order has now been passed as the Global Warming Solutions Act AB32. AB32 requires the reduction of GHG emissions to 2000 levels by 2010, and to 1990 levels by 2020. In order to effectively implement the program, AB 32 directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop appropriate regulations and establish a mandatory reporting system to track and monitor global warming emissions levels. CARB is also the agency that will enforce the new regulations.

Implementation of this program requires selected commercial industries to perform an energy audit this year to determine their baseline GHG level. HelioEMS can assist these companies in the Baseline Energy Audit and registering their baseline with CARB to meet the AB32 deadline.
Author: TR Bietsch, Managing Director, HelioEMS