View as a Web page

Photo of Commissioner Weissenmiller

Letter from the Chair

California strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030


Approved Funding for K-12 School Energy Projects Exceeds $1 Billion

Facilities being upgraded with funds from the Clean Energy Jobs Act


Lab Worker

EPIC R&D Promotes Energy Innovation

About $17.5 million has been awarded this calendar year


Rosenfeld color

Energy Commission Celebrates the Life of Arthur Rosenfeld

Dubbed the "godfather of energy efficiency" for developing new standards which helped improve energy efficiency in California

California Energy Commisson

Mexico MOU

California Mexico Energy Connection

California and Mexico continue working together as strong partners in trade and combating climate change

California Energy Commisson

IEPR Cover

2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update Approved

Report highlights the state's energy trends

California Energy Commisson

Offshore Float

Energy Commission Hosts Meeting on Offshore Wind

Interest in offshore wind continues to grow in California


Cool Roof

Did you know?

Very cool roofs




  • The 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for residential and nonresidential buildings took effect on Jan. 1. The standards will reduce energy costs, save consumers money, and increase comfort in new and upgraded homes and other buildings. Single-family homes built to the 2016 standards will use about 28 percent less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than those built to the 2013 standards. The Energy Commission has created a series of training videos to complement in-person and Web-based classes, compliance software and training manuals.
  • The Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Verification Results Reports, which examines how publicly owned utilities (POUs) did in meeting California's renewable energy requirements from 2011-2013, was adopted by the Energy Commission. California's RPS requires POUs and retail sellers to procure 33 percent of their annual retail sales from eligible renewable sources by 2020 and 50 percent of retail sales by 2030. It also establishes intermediate targets for each compliance period. For the 2011-2013 period, POUs had to procure 20 percent of their retail sales from renewable sources. Collectively, the 42 POUs reached 19 percent during the compliance period, and 26 met or exceeded the requirement.
  • The Energy Commission adopted the California Energy Demand Updated Forecast, 2017-2027, which provides a series of projections and scenarios on baseline electricity consumption, sales and peak demand for the state for the next 10 years. The forecast is used by stakeholders such as the California Independent System Operator to assist with transmission planning and by the California Public Utilities Commission for long-term energy procurement.


  • The final report from the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) 2.0. was released. It will be a resource in developing renewable energy projects and addresses environmental, land-use, and transmission implications. The RETI 2.0 project was the first report to provide a broad review of such issues as transmission capacity and the availability of renewable energy technologies. The California Natural Resources Agency led the project, which was a collaboration involving five agencies, including the Energy Commission.
  • Commissioner Andrew McAllister spoke at the Great Energy Efficiency Day in Washington, D.C. He discussed California's commitment to efficiency through building and appliance standards, innovative financing approaches and research. McAllister emphasized that broad adoption of efficient technologies and practices reduces the necessary size of energy systems and frees capital for other productive investment.


  • The Energy Commission approved the adoption of building energy standards for Marin County and the city of Santa Monica that exceed state requirements. The ordinance in Marin County requires new homes as well as additions and remodels to satisfy the corresponding Green Point Rated checklist. The Santa Monica ordinance requires a minimum amount of installed solar photovoltaics for new residential and nonresidential buildings. To date, the Energy Commission has approved five local ordinances that exceed the state standard.
  • The Energy Commission awarded a total of $4.7 million in grant awards to five geothermal projects. The grants will fund activities, including mitigation of geothermal development impacts and geothermal exploration. The largest of the five awards included a $1.6 million to Modoc County for a geothermal resource drilling project and $1.4 million to Green Fire Energy, Inc. for demonstration of a novel water-free method of extracting energy from hot, dry rock.
  • The Energy Commission welcomed another new hydrogen refueling station to its network. With the opening of the Riverside station, there are 26 retail stations operating in California. There are plans to fund at least 100 stations for the introduction of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles in the California marketplace. Including the projects from the notice of proposed awards released in February, 64 hydrogen refueling stations have been funded or are proposed to be funded by the Energy Commission.
View more events on our calendar
California Energy Commission Seal Linked to the California Energy Commission main website Find us on facebook logo linked to California Energy Commission's Facebook page Twitter Logo linked to California Energy Commission Twitter Page Address of the California Energy Commission - 1516 9th Street, Sacramento California
If you have questions, comments or suggestions for The Spark, please email
If you'd like to receive future issues of this newsletter, please subscribe at:
If you no loger wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe at: