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Letter from the Chair

We're wrapping up energy awareness month at the California Energy Commission. Over the past thirty days we've been educating people about the importance of energy in our everyday lives and highlighting how our daily choices impact society and the natural environment.

As part of that effort, I wanted to highlight three significant energy accomplishments from the past quarter.

By far the most urgent and imperative energy issue facing California today is the loss of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and scheduled retirements of once-through cooling power plants due to our leading environmental policies. The state's energy and environmental agencies are working diligently on a plan that includes multiple proactive strategies that are designed to maintain electricity service reliability in Southern California that consumers expect.

In September, Governor Brown signed into legislation two bills that enable the Energy Commission to invest in alternative and clean energy technologies. Assembly Bill 8 will extend the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for another 10 years, and Senate Bill 96, which approves of the Energy Commission continuing to fund energy research and development (R&D) projects. The R&D funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) is pending a final decision from the California Public Utilities Commission. These transformative programs are essential to achieving our energy goals.

On a related note, earlier this year I had the privilege of attending a ribbon cutting ceremony for an energy storage demonstration project in San Jose that was partially funded by us and Pacific Gas & Electric. This type of project could transform California's electric power system by improving the reliability of our electricity supply, assist with intermittent renewable energy integration and lead to greater efficiencies in matching supply with demand.

For more information about the many great programs and projects the Energy Commission is currently working on, please browse through this quarter's newsletter. Thank you for being an important part of our efforts and please encourage your friends, families and colleagues to sign up for The Spark newsletter.

Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller,
California Energy Commission