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SYNOPSIS OF THE ENERGY COMMISSION'S BUDGET

FISCAL YEAR 2006/07 BUDGET

The Commission's FY 2006/07 budget is $328.0 million. Included in this amount are $163.1 million Public Interest Renewable (Renewable) funds, $69.8 million Public Interest RD & D (PIER) funds, $52.8 million in Energy Resources Programs Account (ERPA) funds, $18.0 million in Gas Consumption Surcharge funds, $11.7 million in federal funds, $5.7 million in reimbursement funds, $2.6 million in Energy Technologies Research, Development and Demonstration funds, $1.3 million in Geothermal Resource Development Account (GRDA) funds, $1.8 million in Energy Conservation Assistance Account funds, and $1.2 million in other funds.

The Commission's FY 2006/07 budget is $105.6 million less than estimated FY 2005/06 expenditures. This decrease is primarily the result of a decrease in proposed Renewables pass-through expenditures and PIER project expenditures.

Authorized positions are 512.6. Total support funding is $71.4 million consisting of $43.0 million for personal services and $28.4 million for operating expenses. Special item or pass through funding is $256.6 million.


Budget Change Proposals

The Commission's FY 2006/07 Budget Change Proposal's total $2.91 million and 13 new positions to focus on several critical areas of work: transportation fuels and CA's dependence on petroleum, enhancing the State's energy research and development efforts, and evaluating and verifying CA's energy efficiency savings.


Funds

Highlights of the various funds in the Commission Budget:

ECAA/LJEAA Funds - authorized expenditure level is $1,854K. These continuously appropriated funds support 2.0 positions ($321K) and $1,533K in pass through funding for energy efficiency loans to schools, hospitals and local jurisdictions.

ERPA Funds - authorized expenditure level is $52,786K. ERPA is the primary funding source for CEC staff, contract and operating expenses.

ETRDDA Funds - authorized expenditure level is $2,578K for Farm Energy Loans. Language is included in the Budget Act to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/08 and a liquidation period to 6/30/10.

Federal Funds - authorized expenditure level is $11,675K. These funds include $2,975K in staff support and contracts for the State Energy Program and $8,700K for anticipated federal awards for various Commission programs.

GRDA Funds - authorized expenditure level is $1,308K. These funds include $308K for 3.9 positions and $1,000K for local assistance. Language is included in the Budget Act to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/08 and a liquidation period to 6/30/10.

KATZ Funds - authorized expenditure level is $303K for purchase of additional energy efficient, low emission school buses.

MVA Funds - authorized expenditure level is $139K. These funds support 2.0 positions.

Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Program Fund - authorized expenditure level is $69,790K. These funds include $7,290K for 59.1 positions, operating and baseline contracts and $62,500K for R&D projects. Language is included in the Budget Act to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/08 and a liquidation period to 6/30/12.

Public Interest Renewable Resource Trust Fund - authorized expenditure level is $163,145K. These funds include $5,445K for 28.0 positions, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $157,700K is continuously appropriated for Renewables projects.

Public Interest Natural Gas Research Program - authorized expenditure level is $18,000K. These funds include $1,193K for 10.0 positions, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $16,807K is continuously appropriated for Natural Gas projects.

Reimbursements - authorized expenditure level is $5,745K. These funds are primarily expenditure authority for anticipated funding from government agencies.

Energy Facility License and Compliance Fund - authorized expenditure level is $623K for power plant siting and compliance monitoring peak workload.


Budget Bill Special Language -

Liquidation period - authorized extension of the liquidation period for PIER funds (Budget Act of 2000) to 6/30/08.

Liquidation period - authorized extension of the liquidation period for GRDA funds (Budget Act of 2002) to 6/30/08.



Previous Year's Budgets

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