Synopsis of the Commission's Budget for Fiscal Year 2002-2003

The California Energy Commission's proposed FY 02/03 budget is $247.2 million. Included in this amount are:

  • $93.8 million Public Interest Renewable Energy Program (Renewable) funds
  • $71.5 million Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) funds
  • $40.6 million in Energy Resources Programs Account (ERPA) funds
  • $10.3 million in reimbursement funds
  • $9.2 million in federal funds
  • $6.7 million in Geothermal Resource Development Account (GRDA) funds
  • $5.7 million in General Fund (GF) funds
  • $4.9 million in Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA) funds
  • $4.5 million in other funds

The Commission's proposed FY 02/03 budget is $147.8 million less than estimated FY 01/02 expenditures. This decrease is the result of one-time funding for energy efficiency and transportation projects, and carryover funding for PIER.

Authorized positions are 563.7. This is a nine-position decrease from FY 01/02 due to expiring positions in energy efficiency, legal and transportation. Total proposed support funding is $63.7 million consisting of $38.3 million for personal services, $15.4 million for contracts and $10 million for other operating. Special item or pass through funding is $183.5 million.

Budget Change Proposals

Due to the State of California's fiscal situation in 2002, a limited number of budget change proposals (BCPs) were approved by the Administration and included in the Governor's proposed budget. Several technical adjustment proposals switch funding for existing positions. The funding switches were necessary to provide stable funding for some Petroleum Violation Escrow account (PVEA)-funded positions and to more correctly align Renewable and PIER positions with their respective funding sources. The Renewable and PIER position funding switches also free up scarce Energy Resources Programs Account (ERPA) funds to assist with the current revenue shortfall.

Two proposals reduce General Funding for energy data collection activities and energy facility siting /power plant licensing. These reductions reflect the difficult economic situation facing California.

Finally, the Administration is proposing energy facility licensing program application fees of $25,000 per project, commencing July 1, 2002.

Funds

Highlights of the various funds in the Commission Budget:

DERF Funds - proposed expenditure level is $217K. These are support funds for three staff.

ECAA/LJEAA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $6,195. These continuously appropriated funds support 5 positions ($416K) and $5,779K in pass through funding for energy efficiency loans to schools, hospitals and local jurisdictions.

ERPA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $40,550K. ERPA is the primary funding source for CEC staff, contract and operating expenses and also funds Export grants.

ETRDDA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $2,042K which includes $1,015K for the Small Business Loan Program, $442K for Farm Energy Loans and $585K for transportation research and development activities. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/04 and a liquidation period to 6/30/06.

Federal Funds - proposed expenditure level is $9,165K. This includes $2,515K in staff support and contracts for the State Energy Program and $6,650K for anticipated federal awards for various Commission programs.

General Funds - proposed expenditure level is $5,722K. This includes $5,454K for the Energy Facility Siting Program staff (40.6) and consultants and $268K for four Carl Moyer Program positions.

GRDA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $274K for 3.9 positions and $6,400K for local assistance. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/04 and a liquidation period to 6/30/06.

Katz Funds - proposed expenditure level is $117K. These are support funds for 3 positions.

MVA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $121K. These are support funds for approximately two positions.

Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Program Fund - proposed expenditure level is $9,015K for approximately 56 positions, operating and baseline contracts and $62,500K for pass through program funds. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/04 and a liquidation period to 6/30/08.

Public Interest Renewable Resource Trust Fund - proposed expenditure level is $3,403K for approximately 26 positions, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $90,397K are continuously appropriated pass through program funds.

PVEA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $786K. These are support funds for 12.0 positions.

Reimbursements - proposed expenditure level is $10,320K. This is primarily expenditure authority for anticipated funding from government agencies.

Budget Bill Special Language

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for ERPA funds (Budget Act of 1999-Export Program) to 6/30/03.

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for GRDA funds (Budget Act of 1998) to 6/30/03.

Current and Proposed Budgets