Synopsis of the Commission's Budget for Fiscal Year 2001-2002

The Energy Commission's proposed 2001-2002 budget is $212.6 million. Included in this amount are $69.6 million Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) funds, $59.1 million Public Interest Renewable (Renewable) funds, $45.4 million in Energy Resources Programs Account (ERPA) funds, $17.2 million in General Fund (GF) funds, $9.6 million in federal funds, $5.1 million in reimbursement funds, $.967 million in Petroleum Violation Escrow (PVEA) funds, and $5.6 million in miscellaneous funds.

Authorized positions are 543.1. Total support funding is $67.6 million consisting of $35.8 million for personal services, $22.4 million for contracts and $9.4 million for other operating. Special item or pass through funding is $142.8 million and local assistance (pass through) funding is $2.2 million.


Major Initiatives - Budget Change Proposals

  • $3,129,000 GF and 19.0 three-year limited term positions (18.0 personnel years) to respond to the mandates of AB 970 and provide sufficient resources to process energy facility siting applications,

  • $3,230,000 GF to fund retail customer survey programs and improve electricity and natural gas modeling capabilities,

  • $2,451,000 ERPA and 8.0 one-year limited term positions (7.6 personnel years) to update building and appliance standards, and provide building department training and enforcement,

  • $10,600,000 GF for the purchase of clean, fuel efficient state vehicles, continue the California Fuel Cell Partnership program and analyze market development potential of ethanol production from biomass resources,

  • $175,000 Renewable funds to support existing and emerging renewable resource technologies, pursuant to AB 1890, Chapter 854, Statutes of 1996,

  • $250,000 ERPA to implement SB 1771, Chapter 1018, Statutes of 2000 that establishes the California Climate Action Registry, and

  • $1,000,000 ERPA to issue awards and administer the Solar and Distributed Generation Grants program (SB 1345, Chapter 537, Statutes of 2000).

  • $302,000 ERPA to cover cost increases for building rent and merit salary adjustments.

Funds

Highlights of the various funds in the Commission Budget:

ECAA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $1,668K. This includes $108K for staff support, $100K for contracts and $1,460K for loans. These funds are continuously appropriated outside the Budget Bill.

DERF Funds - proposed expenditure level is $424K. This includes $216K for three staff, $100K for contracts and $108K for new project funding. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two- year encumbrance period to 6/30/03 and a liquidation period of 6/30/07.

ERPA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $45,412K. ERPA is the primary funding source for CEC staff, contract and operating expenses and also funds Export grants.

ETRDDA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $723K which includes $423K for the Small Business Loan Program and $300K for transportation research and development activities or Farm Energy Loans. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/03 and a liquidation period to 6/30/05.

Federal Funds - proposed expenditure level is $9,621K. This includes $1,966K in staff support, contracts and administrative costs and $7,655K for anticipated federal awards for various Commission programs.

General Funds - proposed expenditure level is $17,211K. This includes $1,881K for 23.0 staff, $5,830K in contracts and $9,500K in project funding.

GRDA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $267K for 3.9 staff and $1,100K for local assistance. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/03 and a liquidation period to 6/30/05.

Katz Funds - proposed expenditure level is $223K. These are support funds for 3 staff.

LJEAA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $1,135K for loans. These funds are continuously appropriated outside the Budget Bill.

MVA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $120K. These are support funds for approximately two staff. Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Program Fund - proposed expenditure level is $7,773K for approximately 47 staff, operating and baseline contracts and $61,800K for pass through program funds. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/03 and a liquidation period to 6/30/07, and flexibility in the types of funding agreements and selection criteria.

Public Interest Renewable Resource Trust Fund - proposed expenditure level is $2,710K for approximately 10 staff, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $56,401K are continuously appropriated pass through program funds available outside the Budget Bill.

PVEA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $967K. These are support funds for 15.0 staff. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/03 and a liquidation period to 6/30/05.

Reimbursement Funds - proposed expenditure level is $5,086 for various Commission programs.

Budget Bill Special Language

Reappropriation - proposed reappropriation is $1,000K for SB 1345 grants to install solar energy systems and distributed generation systems to 06/30/02.

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for ERPA funds (Budget Act of 1998-Export Program) to 6/30/02.

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for GRDA funds (282/97-City of Santa Rosa) to 6/30/02.


Current and Proposed Budgets