Synopsis of the Commission's Budget for Fiscal Year 1997-1998

  • $45.7 million Public Interest Renewable Energy Fund
  • $25.8 million Public Interest RD&D Funds
  • $33.2 million ERPA Funds
  • $6.5 million Federal Funds
  • $1.6 million Petroleum Violation Escrow Account (PVEA) Funds
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    $122.2 million 1997-98 Fiscal Year Total Funding

There are 468.4 authorized staff positions. Total support funding is $41.1 million consisting of $28.8 million for personal services, $6.4 million for contracts, and $5.9 million for other operating expenses. Special items or pass through funding is $77.9 million, and local assistance (pass through) funding is $3.2 million.

Diesel Emission Reduction Funds (DERF) - proposed expenditure level is $306,000. These are support funds for three existing staff and $100,000 for contracts.

Energy Resources Program Account (ERPA) Funds - proposed expenditure level is $33,273,000 which includes $300,000 for a study on the gasoline additive MTBE. ERPA is the primary funding source for Energy Commission staff, contract, operating expenses, and also funds Export Program grants.

Energy Technologies Advancement Program (ETAP) Funds - proposed expenditure level is $400,000 for the Small Business Loan Program. Also available is $369,000 in carryover funds for the ETAP program. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two year encumbrance period for the Small Business Loan Program to 6/30/99 and a liquidation period to 6/30/01.

Federal Funds - proposed expenditure level is $6,483,000. This includes $1,969,000 in staff support and contracts for the State Energy Program/Institutional Conservation Program and $4,514,000 for anticipated federal awards for various Commission programs.

Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA) Funds - proposed expenditure level is $293,000 for 4.6 staff and $3,200,000 for local assistance. Language is included in the Budget Bill to allow for a two year encumbrance period to 6/30/99 and a liquidation period to 6/30/01.

Katz Safe School Bus Clean Fuel Efficiency Demonstration Program (AB 35) Funds - proposed expenditure level is $656,000. These are support funds for 10 existing staff.

Motor Vehicle Account (MVA) Funds - proposed expenditure level is $119,000. These are support funds for approximately two existing staff.

Petroleum Violation Escrow Account (PVEA) Funds - proposed expenditure level is $1,560,000 for 25 existing staff. $4,895,000 in PVEA Budget Change Proposals were removed from the Budget Bill, to be addressed in the member's requests PVEA bill.

Public Interest Renewable Resources Fund - proposed expenditure level is $45,733,000. These are exclusively pass through funds and represent 5/12 of total annual funding expected for the program.

Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Programs Fund - proposed expenditure level is $1,170,000 for seven additional staff and baseline contracts and $24,580,000 for pass through funds. Total proposed expenditure level of $25,750,000 represents 5/12 of annual funding expected for the program.

Extension Language

Encumbrance period - proposed extension of the encumbrance period for ETAP funds (Budget Act of 1995) and Katz School bus funds (Budget Act of 1995) to 6/30/98.

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for Energy Conservation Assistance Act funds (Chapter 1212, Statutes of 1994), ERPA Export Program funds (Budget Act of 1994), and GRDA funds (Budget Act of 1993) to 6/30/98.

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for PVEA Technology Development funds (Budget Act of 1992) to 6/30/2000.

Liquidation period - proposed extension of the liquidation period for ETAP funds (Budget Act of 1995) to 6/30/2001.

Current and Proposed Budgets