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E-News Blast, No. 22, September 8, 2009

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Just a reminder. After numerous public workshops and weeks of review, the State Energy Program Guidelines and the Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant Guidelines will be considered for adoption at an Energy Commission business meeting this month. These guidelines provide the specific design for each of program. The EECBG Committee Guidelines (PDF file) is scheduled to be considered for adoption at the Wednesday, September 16 business meeting, and the SEP Guidelines (PDF file) will be considered at the September 30 business meeting.


Pick up a newspaper or watch TV and most likely you'll see a story about the ENERGY STAR® appliance rebates program. There is much confusion and misinformation in the media right now regarding this new rebate program. Here are the facts:

  1. Under the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program the federal government has allocated $35.2 million to California using federal stimulus funds.
  2. The Energy Commission will administer this program and as directed by the DOE, design California's program and decide which appliances to be included for rebates.
  3. Currently, the Energy Commission has not specified any appliances, how consumers with get their rebates, or how much those rebates will be.

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Nation's Largest State-Sponsored Green Jobs Training Program
Gov. Schwarzenegger announced the creation of the Clean Energy Workforce Training Program, a $75 million investment establishing the nation's largest state-sponsored green jobs training program. The Governor's news release (and a vide of the Governor) is online at:

You Have Time - Solicitation Deadline Extended
The deadline for the Workforce training Proposals has been extended. Proposals for the $23 million Clean Energy Workforce Training Program are due to the Employment Development Department by 3 p.m. on September 16, 2009. Proposals will be reviewed September 21- 25 with awards made in October. Check out the Solicitation at EDD's web site at

The final questions and answers are now available on the Workforce Development SFP website at the address above. The questions and answers for the Clean Energy Summits held in West Sacramento and Diamond Bar have also been updated.


California Scores with Clean Cities Awards: California will receive $31,867,908 for four projects under the Clean Cities Program. These projects will help speed the transformation of the California's heavy duty vehicle fleet, putting more than 700 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, and displacing more than 200,000 barrels of petroleum each year. To learn more about the Clean City and California's awards, go to

Southern Calif. Assoc. of Governments Clean Cities Coalition's Expanding California's E85 Ethanol Fueling Infrastructure: The project will add 55 E85 fueling stations throughout California. Total DOE award: $6,917,200

San Bernardino Associated Government J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project: Made in America Initiative. The project will put into service 262 heavy-duty LNG trucks in Southern California and construct two LNG refueling stations in San Bernardino and South Gate (South Los Angeles). Total DOE award: $9,950,708

South Coast Air Quality Management District's UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The project will complete a long-planned regional liquid natural gas (LNG) fueling corridor across the southwestern U.S., making the final connection between the existing public access LNG fuel infrastructure in Southern California and the LNG fuel stations being developed in Utah. Total DOE award: $5,591,611

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Initiative. The project will replace 180 diesel drayage trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with LNG trucks. Additionally, workshops will be made available to truck operators and technicians working on LNG trucks. Total DOE award: $9,408,389

PV Company Loan Finalize: DOE has finalized the $535 million loan guarantee for Solyndra, Inc (Fremont). Solyndra manufactures innovative cylindrical solar photovoltaic panels. The funding will help finance construction of the first phase of the company's new manufacturing facility. Solyndra estimates the new plant will create 3,000 construction jobs and up to 1,000 full-time employees. More info at:


UC Snags Electric Funds: DOE's Electricity and Energy Reliability awarded $1.1 million in cost share to UC Regents at Berkeley to use synchrophaser research to improve the reliability and efficiency of the nation's electricity grid. Details found at:

Power Up Research: California projects were among the seven selected by the DOE Office of Fossil Energy to develop sensors and controls for next generation power plants. In the newly selected projects, investigators will conduct research and development aimed at enhancing the performance of next-generation fossil energy power systems. Reaction Design (San Diego, Calif.) - $218,723, and Stanford University - $219,465.

DOE FOA - 24/7

Looking for a quick read that lists all the competitive and state/local DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements? Look no further... this up-to-date list makes finding each DOE FOA quick and easy. Plowing through the FOAs? You're on your own.


Looking for a thumbnail update on the ARRA energy-related programs? Check out the weekly updated Summary at (PDF file).

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