Synopsis of the Commission's Budget for Fiscal Year 2010-2011

The California Energy Commission's FY 2010/11 budget is $420.1 million. Included in this amount are $110.6 million Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund (ARFVTF), $75.4 million Public Interest RD&D (PIER) funds, $72.6 million Public Interest Renewable (Renewable) funds, $70.3 million in Energy Resources Programs Account (ERPA) funds, $56.8 million in federal funds, $24.0 million in Natural Gas Subaccount, Public Interest RD&D funds, $5.8 million in reimbursement funds, $1.5 million in Geothermal Resource Development Account (GRDA) funds, and $3.1 million in other funds.

The Commission's proposed FY 2010/11 budget is approx $393.7 million less than estimated FY 2009/10 expenditures. This difference is due to significant one-time funding for ARRA and carryover balances in PIER and AB 118 from FY 08/09.

Proposed authorized positions are 651.1. Total proposed support funding is $107.5 million consisting of $63.1 million for personal services, $25.5 million for contracts and $18.9 million for other operating. Special item or pass through funding is $312.6 million.


Budget Change Proposals

The Commission's FY 10/11 Budget Change Proposal's request a total of $9.4 million and 14 new positions.


Funds

Highlights of the various funds in the Commission Budget:

Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Funds - expenditure level is $110.6m. The ARFVT will fund grants, loans, and other appropriate measures to public agencies, public-private partnerships, and other entities to develop alternative fuels and related technologies, including electricity, ethanol, renewable diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, and biomethane, among others. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/12 and a liquidation period to 6/30/16. These funds include $5.364m for 9.0 positions, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $100.5m is for pass through projects.

Energy Conservation Assistance Account/Local Jurisdiction Energy Assistance Account Funds - proposed expenditure level is $364K. These continuously appropriated funds support 2.0 positions and $1.9m in pass through funding for energy efficiency loans to schools, hospitals and local jurisdictions.

Energy Facility License and Compliance Fund - proposed expenditure level is $2,510K for power plant siting and compliance monitoring peak workload.

ERPA Funds - proposed expenditure level is $70.3m. ERPA is the primary funding source for CEC staff, contract and operating expenses.

Federal Funds - proposed expenditure level is $56.8m. These funds include $6.8m in staff support and contracts for the State Energy Program and Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program and $49.9m for anticipated federal awards for various Commission programs.

Geothermal Resource Development Account Funds - proposed expenditure level is $1.5m. These funds include $305K for 3.9 positions and $1.2m for local assistance. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/12 and a liquidation period to 6/30/14 for local assistance funds.

Motor Vehicle Account Funds - proposed expenditure level is $141K. These funds support 2.0 positions.

Natural Gas Subaccount, Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Fund - proposed expenditure level is $24,000K. These funds include $2.5m for 17.0 positions, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $21.5m is for pass through natural gas RD and D projects.

Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Program Fund - proposed expenditure level is $75.4m. These funds include $12.903m for 75.1 positions, operating and baseline technical support contracts and $62,500K for pass through RD and D projects. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two-year encumbrance period to 6/30/12 and a liquidation period to 6/30/16.

Public Interest Renewable Resource Trust Fund - proposed expenditure level is $72.5m. These funds include $5.5m for 36.0 positions, operating and baseline contracts. Additionally, another $67.0m is continuously appropriated for Renewables projects.

Reimbursements - proposed expenditure level is $5.8m. These funds are primarily expenditure authority for anticipated funding from government agencies.

Current and Proposed Budgets