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Energy Efficiency and Co-Benefits Assessment for Large Industrial Sources - Public Documents

On July 22, 2010, the Air Resources Board (ARB) approved the Energy Efficiency and Co-Benefit Assessment of Large Industrial Facilities (EEA Regulation).  The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law and became effective on July 16, 2011.  The regulation required the largest industrial sources in California to conduct a one-time assessment of fuel and energy consumption, and emissions of greenhouse gas, criteria pollutants, and toxic air contaminants.  Affected facilities were also required to identify potential improvements in equipment, processes, or systems that could result in energy savings.  

Phase 1: Develop Industrial Sector Public Reports
  • ARB staff is developing five separate Public Reports compiling the information provided by the facilities subject to the EEA Regulation.  The table below identifies the five Public Reports and the release date for those reports that have been released.        
Public ReportRelease DatePublic Workshop 
Refinery Sector
Errata Sheet
June 6, 2013July 9, 2013
Cement SectorAugust 26, 2013June 30, 2015
Hydrogen SectorJuly 30, 2014
Oil and Gas Production / Mineral ProductionJuly 30, 2014
Electricity Generation SectorApril 24, 2015

  • Each Public Report is composed of three main parts: Introduction and Summary, Part I, and Part II.
The Introduction and Summary includes introductory information on the program and a general overview of the data received for the sector.

 " Part I" is a sector-wide summary of all of the energy efficiency improvement projects identified by all of the reporting facilities.  In addition to a brief description of the project, estimates for greenhouse gas, criteria, and toxics pollutant emission reductions and cost information, as reported by the facilities are included.  These data are aggregated in a manner to be consistent with the public disclosure requirements under California Code of Regulations (CCR) 95610. 
"Part II" summarizes refinery-specific information as reported by the facility, again aggregated in manner consistent with the public disclosure requirements under CCR 95610.       

  • To develop the Public Reports, ARB staff reviewed the information provided to ensure that it fully met the requirements of the EEA Regulation, conducted field visits of affected sources to better understand the equipment and processes, and contacted facilities for clarification or to request additional information.
  • A Draft Public Report was provided to all the facilities in the sector for their review and comment.  Each facility received the Executive Summary and Part I and the Part II summary for their facility only.  This was done to ensure that the report accurately reflected the information provided by the facility and ensure that we were not disclosing information that the facility believes is confidential business information.     
  • A public meeting is tentatively scheduled on June 30, 2015, to receive comments on the Public Reports and suggestions on how to proceed with the following program phases, Phase 2 and 3.  
Phase 2: Develop ARB Findings Report
  • ARB staff is conducting a comprehensive review of the reported data, comparing projects across sectors and evaluating them against other available information, including the Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program Best Practices.
  • ARB staff will prepare a draft report with preliminary findings and recommendations covering all of the sectors.  Stakeholder meeting(s) on the Public Report will be used to receive initial input on how ARB staff might proceed.  This draft report will be used as a starting point for discussion with all stakeholders on what actions and approaches could be taken to maximize on-site greenhouse gas, criteria, and toxic pollutants emission reductions.  
  • This draft report will include the results from the third-party review of a subset of the facility reported data.  This third-party review is being conducted by the Industrial Assessment Center of San Francisco State University.     

  • We anticipate releasing the draft report in the fall of 2015 and holding a public workshop to receive comments and guidance on Phase 3 of the program.
Phase 3: Develop Energy Efficiency Implementation Program
  • The ARB Findings Report will be used as a starting point for discussion with all stakeholders on what actions and approaches could be taken to maximize on-site greenhouse gas, criteria, and toxic pollutants emission reductions.