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E-News Blast, No. 10, June 18, 2009

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Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) and
ARRA Funding Solicitation and Workshop
June 26, 2009 - Beginning at 9 a.m.
Energy Commission - 1516 Ninth Street - Sacramento

SOLICITATION: The California Energy Commission has released a new funding solicitation - Program Opportunity Notice PON-08-011. The solicitation will cost share Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program funds with federal funding from ARRA. To be considered for cost share funding from the PIER participants must submit their applications to the federal government responding to one or more of these ARRA announcements:

The PIER Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Program PON is available at

WORKSHOP: Staff will conduct a workshop on June 26, 2009, for those interested in this PON. More information regarding the Workshop including how to attend by WebEx or by phone-in is available at

DOE Webcast for State and Local Officials:
Low-Cost Financing with Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
June 24, 2009
3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (EST)

DOE is offering a webcast on how state and local governments can take advantage of low-cost financing for renewable energy projects on public land using Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs). The presenters are Claire Kreycik from the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Aneta Rettig from Denver Water. Kreycik will discuss the ins and outs of using CREBs, and Rettig will discuss her department's experience with using CREBs to finance construction of two small hydroelectric systems near Denver.

The webcast is free of charge, however you must register in advance at


Looking for a thumbnail update on the energy-related programs receiving federal stimulus funding? Check out the weekly updated Summary (PDF file) at


Smart Grid: DOE issued several ARRA-related funding announcements including $60 million for six cooperative agreement awards for regional and interconnection transmission analysis and planning (DE-FOA-0000068). Applications due August 14; $20 million direct award for transmission and demand analysis by DOE's national laboratories and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation; $46 million direct allocation to states for grants to support state public utility commissions to oversee new electricity projects (DE-FOA-0000100). The California Public Utilities Commission was allocated over $1.68 million. Applications due August 31; $39.5 million direct allocation to states to support energy assurance capabilities for states improving emergency preparedness plans and ensuring resiliency of electrical grid (DE-FOA-0000091). The California Energy Commission was allocated $3.57 million. Applications due July 30.

High Efficiency Vehicles: DOE re-issued a $240 million Funding Opportunity Announcement from the Vehicle Technologies Office for high efficiency vehicles that will include $110 million of ARRA funding (DE-FOA-0000079). The competitive solicitation focuses on increasing efficiency of heavy-duty commercial trucks (Class 8) and advanced technology power trains for light-duty trucks. Applications are due September 9, 2009. More information is available at [].

Solar Training: DOE will invest up to $27 million to develop the nation's solar installation training infrastructure. DOE will use $5 million in ARRA funds and $22 million in annual appropriations. The funding will focus on a single national organization that will facilitate the development and distribution of model training curricula, best practices in training, and information on solar career pathways and a select number of regional training providers that will offer solar instructors advanced courses on solar technologies, instructional design, and course development. No solicitation available yet.


The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is receiving more than $74 million to leverage a network of over 50 non-profits, local governments, and community action associations to perform weatherization services at over 50,000 homes. After demonstrating successful implementation of this phase of their plan, CSD will receive an additional $92 million for a total of $185 million. For more information on this program go to


Solar: Five California companies were among the recipients of the solar allocation from DOE receiving a total of $9.26 million. DOE awarded $22 million to 24 solar projects from the May $117.6 million allocation for solar.

Bioenergy: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $57 million in funding for a variety of wood-to-energy grants and biomass projects. California was awarded $4.5 million to Renewable Energy Co-gen Facilities to restart an existing cogeneration facility in Humboldt county and $248,000 to Blue Lake Power to re-open a closed cogeneration facility in Shasta county.

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