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Trying to time the energy markets is a lot like trying to time the stock market. There are a lot of interdependent, unpredictable variables that make timing the market to the day, week or month pretty much impossible. There are however big… Learn from your UCE Associate the process to reduce risk.

        

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REGULATORY COMPLIANCE GUIDE:

ENERGY, WATER, WASTE & RECYCLING
·      It can be difficult to keep up with the growing number of municipality, local and statewide regulations. Do you know if your sites are in compliance? Stay informed – reference this regulatory compliance guide and sign up now to receive regulatory update emails.

·         Various municipalities across the country have placed a renewed emphasis on ENERGY STAR® benchmarking, as data submitted to this program is a required element of the legislation. And, as local governments across the U.S. pursue ambitious waste diversion goals, they are increasingly relying on mandatory recycling laws. Many commercial recycling laws exist or are under consideration with the most recent mandates occurring in California, Delaware and Massachusetts.
·         Many of the mandates have fees and penalties for non-compliance. However, you can turn these regulations into opportunity. The added benefits associated with compliance of these regulations, include efficiency gains, cost reduction and reduced environmental impact. Find out what is happening in each state by UCE’s team of energy and resource experts can help ensure you are in compliance and gain the full benefit of each of these regulations. Contact us to learn more.
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·      PENDING LEGISLATION – NATION
·         Nation | Food Waste | Standard for expire/toss out dates on food packaging | Policy interest
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·      CURRENT & PENDING LEGISLATION – STATE
·      CALIFORNIA
·         State | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking for Seller at Time of Sale | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         State | Mandatory Composting | Min Food Waste: 8 yards/week | Begins April 1 ’16
·         State | Mandatory Composting | Min Food Waste: 4 yards/week | Begins Jan 1 ’17
·         State | Mandatory Recycling | Min Waste: 4 yards/week
·         State | Recycling & Composting Equipment | Sales-and-use tax exemption for balers, shredders, etc.
·         State | Plastic Bag Ban | Retail stores prohibited from providing single-use plastic bags | Begins July 1 ’16
·         State | Water Use Restrictions | 25% reduction in potable water use
·         Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’16
·         Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Bldg Size: 25,000 – 49,999 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’17
·         Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Bldg Size: 15,000 – 24,999 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’18
·         Berkeley | Energy & Water Reporting, Audit Requirements | Bldg Size: 5,000 – 14,999 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’19
·         Berkeley | Energy Assessment | Bldg Size: Less than 5,000 sq. ft. | Due Oct 1 ’20
·         Campbell | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned
·         Danville | Plastic Bag Ban | Retail & restaurant plastic bags banned + fee for paper bags | Begins July 1 ’16
·         Lafayette | Plastic Bag Ban | Retail & restaurant plastic bags banned + fee for paper bags
·         Lafayette | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | 50% of food packaging must be recyclable
·         Los Gatos | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned
·         San Diego Unified Port District | Energy & Water Reporting | Min Bldg Size: All | Legislative Effort
·         San Francisco | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
·         San Francisco | Mandatory Energy Audit Every 5 Years | Min Bldg Size: 10,000 sq. ft.
·         Santa Monica | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only
·         Ukiah | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned
·         Walnut Creek | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene foam foodservice packaging banned
·      COLORADO
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·         Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size (Existing): 50,000 sq. ft. | Due Aug 1 ’16
·         Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size (New): 10,000 sq. ft. | Due Aug 1 ’16
·         Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size: 30,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’18
·         Boulder | Mandatory Energy Reporting | Min Bldg Size: 20,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’20
·      CONNECTICUT
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·         State | Mandatory Composting | Certain businesses must source-separate and recycle organic materials.
·         State | Mandatory Recycling | Required recycling of designated items.
·      DELAWARE
·         State | Mandatory Recycling Program | Min Waste Size: Any
·      FLORIDA
·         Miami Beach | Mandatory Recycling Ordinance | Required single-stream recycling.
·         Miami-Dade County | Mandatory Recycling Ordinance | Required recycling of a minimum of three materials
·         Orlando | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only
·      GEORGIA
·         Atlanta | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’16
·         Atlanta | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 25,000 sq. ft. | Due June 1 ’17
·         Atlanta | Mandatory Energy Assessments | If the ABID* ends in the same digit as the year
·      ILLINOIS
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Pilot Program
·         Chicago | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·      MARYLAND
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·         Montgomery County | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 250,000 sq. ft. | Due Dec 1 ’16
·         Montgomery County | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Prohibited use by food service businesses | Begins Jan 1 ’16
·         Takoma Park | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene disposable food service ware banned
·      MASSACHUSETTS
·         State | Food Waste Ban | Min Food Waste Size: 1 ton/week
·         State | Recycling | ~50 Municipalities received grant monies to divert mattresses from landfills | View awards
·         Boston | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         Cambridge | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         Cambridge | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 25,000 sq. ft. | Comply by May 1 ’16
·         South Hadley | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene disposable food containers banned
·      MICHIGAN
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·      MINNESOTA
·         Minneapolis | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         Minneapolis | Mandatory Environmentally Acceptable Food & Beverage Packaging
·      MISSOURI
·         Kansas City | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 100,000 sq. ft. | Comply by May 1 ’17
·         Kansas City | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Comply by May 1 ’18
·      NEW JERSEY
·         State | Mandatory Recycling Program | Required recycling of bottles, cans, newspaper & cardboard.
·      NEW MEXICO
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·      NEW YORK
·         New York City | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         New York City | Mandatory Energy Audit Every 10 Years | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         New York City | Polystyrene Packaging Ban | Polystyrene food items & packing peanuts banned
·      OREGON
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·         Portland | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft. | Comply by April 22 ’16
·         Portland | Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 20,000 sq. ft. | Comply by April 22 ’17
·      PENNSYLVANIA
·         State | Mandatory Recycling | Required recycling of cans, corrugated cardboard, office paper & leaf waste
·         Philadelphia | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·      TENNESSEE
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·      TEXAS
·         Austin | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 10,000 sq. ft.
·      VERMONT
·         State | Energy Benchmarking | Legislative Effort
·         Burlington | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only
·      WASHINGTON
·         State | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking for Seller at Time of Sale | Min Building Size: 10,000 sq. ft.
·         Seattle | Mandatory Composting | Required composting of food & compostable waste
·         Seattle | Mandatory Energy Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 20,000 sq. ft.
·         Seattle | Mandatory Recycling | Min Waste Size: Any
·      WASHINGTON D.C.
·         District | Mandatory Energy & Water Benchmarking | Min Bldg Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
·         District | Polystyrene Foam Container Ban | Legislative Effort
·      WISCONSIN
·         Madison | Energy Benchmarking | Policy Interest Only
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It is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice.

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