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2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update Approved

Report highlights the state's energy trends

California Energy Commisson

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

The 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which was adopted in February, highlights the state's recent slate of legislative efforts - such as Senate Bills 32 and 1383 and Assembly Bills 197 and 1613 - which are designed, respectively, to enhance California's nation-leading greenhouse gas reduction goals and to ensure they are implemented in a transparent and equitable way with benefits reaching disadvantaged communities.

It also examines California's progress in the environmental performance of its electricity system, gains brought on largely because of increases in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar and decreases in coal-fired generation.

The update looked at the transportation sector, which accounted for about 37 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions in 2014. Transitioning to zero- and near-zero emission vehicles will be a fundamental part of meeting the state's climate goals.

Also examined are efforts to decarbonize California's energy system by incorporating increasing amounts of renewable energy resources into the electricity sector and the need for more resources that can quickly and cost-effectively ramp up or down to balance supply and demand and to compensate for the intermittency of renewable generation.

Other areas in the update include the development of a regional Western electricity market, energy efficiency and demand response goals.

The report also looks at the legacy of the state's aging infrastructure and the impact that disruptions - such as the leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in late 2015 - can have on communities and on energy reliability.

The Energy Commission publishes an integrated energy policy report every two years and an update in alternate years.