State and local agencies are gearing up to increase building energy efficiency under the 2010 law AB 758, agency officials told the Assembly Select Committee on California\u2019s Clean Energy Economy Aug. 7. \t\u201cThere are a lot of building sectors that need upgrades,\u201d California Energy Commission member Andrew McAllister told the panel. He said that the Energy Commission is preparing to implement the law\u2014which calls for greater building energy efficiency\u2014through both new building standards that are updated every three years and also through appliance efficiency standards. \tHe explained that utility energy efficiency programs\u2014funded at about $1 billion annually by ratepayers\u2014are covering much of the work, including support for local development of energy efficiency standards and programs. \tFor instance, Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability manager Howard Choy said that many local governments around the state are using some of the utility money to implement AB 758 by developing building codes and energy retrofit programs that go beyond what the state requires. \tHe said that particularly in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay regions many local governments are beginning to play a role under the law \u201cby adopting codes that push the envelope\u201d on building energy efficiency. \tUtility efficiency programs increasingly have focused on what California Public Utilities Commission demand side program manager Simon Baker called \u201cdeep retrofits\u201d of buildings for energy efficiency. \tHe also said on-bill financing programs have been set up and that work by local government is being funded under regional energy efficiency networks established with the utility funding. \tRatepayers on average pay about $2 more on their electricity bills and $1 more on their gas bills to fund the $1 billion\/year utility efficiency programs, he said, which save $1.9 billion annually in energy costs. \tWithout the programs, \u201crates and bills today would be higher\u201d for consumers, Baker said.