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E-News Blast, No. 8, May 6, 2009

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Setting the stage for one of the most ambitious initiatives to upgrade energy efficiency and create jobs, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that California is the first state in the nation to submit the application for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) State Energy Program (SEP) funding. The California Energy Commission, the agency responsible for administering the $226 million in authorized Recovery Act funding, successfully completed the paperwork for the SEP to ensure that California can move forward in working with stakeholders to develop program guidelines. The SEP application narrative is available online at

The Governor's news release is available at [].


The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $8.5 million of ARRA funding for 53 new projects focused on wind energy in focusing on four topic areas: market acceptance, environmental impact, workforce development, and distributed wind technology. Awards for two more topic areas - supporting wind turbine development and testing and planning and assessments - will be announced at a later date. Four California companies received a total of $292,858.

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