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Letter From the Chair

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Spark from the California Energy Commission, a newsletter designed to spark your interest in what we are doing to meet the state's energy needs, and the unique role we play developing California's energy policy and planning strategies.

I wanted to take a moment to personally update you on the work we are doing to ensure electric system reliability in Southern California this summer - and in the years to come - in light of the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (San Onofre) as well as state environmental policies, such as the retirement of once-through cooling power plants and limited air emission credits in the South Coast air basin.

The Energy Commission is working with the California Independent System Operator, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), state environmental regulators (including the State Water Resources Control Board, California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Diego Air Quality Management District), Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to develop a comprehensive solution to ensure electric system reliability in Southern California for the next decade. This working group successfully addressed the challenges posed last summer after San Onofre initially was shut down. We are confident that by collaborating and implementing appropriate measures, Southern California will continue to have reliable electricity service at minimal economic and environmental costs. To get public stakeholder input on how to achieve this, the Energy Commission and CPUC held a well-attended public workshop in Los Angeles on July 15. Click here for more information.

I also wanted to update you on our work related to Proposition 39 (California Clean Energy Jobs Act) and Senate Bill 73. The Energy Commission is the agency responsible for project review and approval, and energy data collection and storage, among other things. We are collaborating with the California Department of Education, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, CPUC, the California Workforce Investment Board, other government entities and public stakeholders to develop clear and robust program guidelines for local education agencies and community college districts. These are being designed to help achieve the outcomes specified in the act. We are developing these guidelines and look forward to working with our partners and public stakeholders over the next several months. Click here for more information.

Finally, let me personally thank you for being an important part of our efforts. I hope you enjoy The Spark.

Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller,
California Energy Commission