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April 2017

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Letter from the Chair

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


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

Facilities being upgraded with funds from the Clean Energy Jobs Act

California school facilities are being upgraded with the approval of more than $1 billion from the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) K-12 Program . . .


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EPIC R&D Promotes Energy Innovation

About $17.5 million has been awarded this calendar year

Each year, the Energy Commission invests about $120 million annually through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) for innovative energy technologies and approaches that bring clean energy ideas to market and that benefit the ratepayers of the state's three largest electric investor-owned utilities . . .

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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

The California Energy Commission joined family and friends to celebrate the life of former Energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld March 15 in the Warren-Alquist Building . . .

Mexico MOU

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California Mexico Energy Connection

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

Two entities of the Mexican government visited the California Energy Commission with the same intent: to learn from California's energy policies and share best practices with the potential for future cooperation . . .

IEPR Cover

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2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update Approved

Report highlights the state's energy trends

The Energy Commission approved a major report assessing energy trends and issues facing the state's electricity, natural gas and transportation fuel sectors . . .

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Energy Commission Hosts Meeting on Offshore Wind

Interest in offshore wind continues to grow in California

The overflow crowd at the Rosenfeld Hearing Room at the Energy Commission was a sign that interest in offshore wind continues to grow in California . . .

Cool Roof

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Did you know?

Very cool roofs

Just as wearing light-colored clothing can help keep you cool on a sunny day, cool roofs use solar-reflective surfaces to maintain lower roof temperatures . . .

Milestones

January

  • 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.

February

  • 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.

March

  • 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.
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