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California Legislature Approves State Regulation and Enhanced Consumer Protections for Residential PACE

The California Legislature has passed two bills that will work in tandem to provide strong consumer protections and a regulatory framework for the state’s residential PACE programs. AB 1284, sponsored by Assembly Member Matt Dababneh, and SB 242, sponsored by Senator Nancy Skinner both passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

In less than 10 years, PACE has grown from a niche market option to the most successful energy financing program in California history. “Nearly $4 billion in upgrades shows that California homeowners embrace PACE as the best way to pay for improvements that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient and resilient against natural disasters,” said David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PACENation. “State regulation is an important next-step in the evolving PACE marketplace, and we are thrilled that the legislation provides a pathway to ensure the safety and protection of PACE consumers.”

Under AB 1284, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) will become the regulatory body for residential PACE administrators operating within the state. The legislation establishes licensing requirements for contractors, new underwriting guidelines that include income verification and ability-to-pay standards, and other consumer protection enhancements. “The leadership of Senator Skinner and Assemblyman Dababneh has evolved PACE into a long-term viable solution for homeowners, while providing a model for states across the nation to base PACE on income and ability-to-pay, and with a comprehensive suite of consumer protections and enforcement tools,” said JP McNeill, CEO of Renovate America.

SB 242 focuses squarely on standardizing best practice guidelines and disclosures for residential PACE administrators. The legislation requires that PACE administrators record a live phone call with customers to confirm agreement of terms, provides homeowners a 3-day right to cancel, and mandates reporting to public agencies. “Renew Financial is honored to stand with Assemblyman Dababneh and Senator Skinner, as well as the consumer advocates, business leaders and environmental organizations who worked so hard to strengthen PACE financing for California homeowners,” said Cisco DeVries, CEO of Renew Financial.

SB 242 was strongly supported by League of Conservation Voters California and Efficiency Demand Management Council – and both bills were strongly supported by Sierra Club California, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Advanced Energy Economy, California Solar Energy Industries Association, Vote Solar, Climate Action Campaign, Brightline Defense, Build It Green, California Energy Storage Association, Center for Sustainable Energy, and Cleantech San Diego. In addition, a host of local government leaders and the California League of Cities and California State Association of Counties were on board.

PACENation is proud to have been a part of the industry-wide stakeholder coalition that worked for a year on the success of these bills. Negotiations between low-income consumer advocates, environmental groups, PACE program administrators, and the banking industry have resulted in California legislation that sets a regulatory precedent for R-PACE programs throughout the country. “Someday, I would like to see the money and energy saving benefits of PACE become available to every homeowner in the Country, and these bills put in place a framework to scale R-PACE safely and effectively,” said David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PACENation.

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New York City Announces Legislation to Launch Commercial PACE Program

New York, NY, September 14 – Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced City Council legislation to authorize a PACE financing program for building retrofits.

A NYC PACE retrofit program can create a tremendous new market for energy efficiency and renewable energy since the City’s buildings are, on average, more than 50 years old and valued at over $1 trillion. With the Mayor’s announcement, the City will join a long list of major cities with successful PACE programs including Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

Jeff Tannenbaum, Chairman of the Board at PACENation, said “PACE is seeing continued strong bipartisan support because it requires no taxes or subsidies, is led at the local and state levels, has created tens of thousands of jobs, and helps property owners save money and make buildings healthier and safer.” Over the last several years, 14 Republican and 20 Democratic governors signed PACE bills into law.

To date, more than 160,000 home and building owners have used PACE to improve their properties with investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and more recently hurricane resistance measures, including in Florida where 8,000 homeowners have used PACE to make their properties more resilient while saving an estimated $7 million on their insurance premiums.   PACE financing is available in Houston and throughout the state of Florida to help finance the rebuilds from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

David Gabrielson, Executive Director at PACENation, said “It’s great to see that NYC will be launching a PACE program that will be a catalyst for tremendous job creation and economic activity.   I am also delighted that the Texas and Florida PACE programs can help lead the rebuild of the devastated areas and make our nation’s homes and buildings more resilient for future storm activity”.

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PACENation’s Consumer Protection Policies

PACENation’s consumer protection policies (CPP Version 2) represent the strongest protections and disclosures for homeowners investing in energy efficiency or renewable energy.

Study: PACE Makes Homes More Valuable

In the first economic study of homes with PACE upgrades, three different methodologies and three home price indices were examined and all turned up the same results; PACE is good for the resale value of homes, even after taking into account the financing costs. Published in the Journal of Structured Finance January 2016.

Whitepaper: Benefits of PACE for Commercial Real Estate Companies

For commercial real estate property owners, PACE financing can remove the typical barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency improvements. In this whitepaper, George Caraghiaur explains how to take advantage of the many benefits PACE provides to commercial real estate companies.

2009-2016 C-PACE Market Overview

From 2009-2016, the commercial PACE market provided financing for 1020 commercial projects that amounted to $340 million in total funding.

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