Tracking Progress

Sector-specific summaries of California's progress toward a cleaner energy future, with links to additional resources.
Information and metrics are updated regularly.

Energy Efficiency

Total energy savings from efficiency programs, codes and standards, and price and market effects have increased over time relative to conditions in 1975, before California implemented the first efficiency standards. Building Standards implemented by the Energy Commission are moving toward zero net energy new buildings. More about Energy Efficiency.
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Statewide Energy Demand

After the mid-1970s, per capita consumption remains relatively constant in California but continues to grow in the U.S. overall. Californians consume 40 percent less electricity per person because of factors ranging from climate and household size to fuel and industry mixes and the state's aggressive energy policies. More about Statewide Energy Demand
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Renewable Energy

The California Energy Commission is tracking progress toward achieving the state's 33 percent renewables portfolio standards (RPS). Also, the Energy Commission is tracking progress toward the 12,000 MW goal for renewable distributed generation and the status of permitting and construction of new renewable energy facilities in California. More about Renewable Energy
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Electric Vehicles

On April 29, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order to establish a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Previously, he established the foundation to support 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025 and published a ZEV Action Plan. As part of its work on electric vehicles, the Energy Commission provides funding for electric vehicle charging and guidance on electric vehicle infrastructure deployment. More about Plug-in Electric Vehicles. More about Plug-in Electric Vehicles
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Installed Capacity

Natural gas provides the largest portion of the total in-state capacity and electricity generation in California. The installed (nameplate) capacity and generation amounts do not reflect contracted capacity and generational requirements as measured under California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Installed capacity is the maximum possible output from a generation facility. More about Installed Capacity
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Reliance on Coal

In 2012, electricity supplies from existing coal and petroleum coke plants was about 8 percent of total firm energy requirements to serve California loads. Over 90 percent came from out-of-state power plants. By 2022, energy from coal is expected to decline to 4.7 percent of California's total firm energy requirements. More about Current and Expected Energy from Coal for California
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Reliance on Coal

Transmission Expansion

Transmission expansion plays a vital role in enabling the interconnection and deliverability of renewable energy to meet the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). The Energy Commission conducts strategic transmission planning and corridor designation in coordination with the California ISO, the CPUC, and federal agencies. More about Transmission Expansion Projects for Renewable
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Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, also referred to as cogeneration, generate on-site electricity and useful thermal energy in a single integrated system. As a result, well-designed CHP systems consume less fuel than would be required to obtain electricity and thermal energy separately. More about Combined heat and power
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Combined heat and power (CHP)

Resource Flexibility

The growth of intermittent renewable generation to meet California's 33 percent Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2020 has spurred several studies to determine the extent to which the system operator needs additional flexible capabilities to accommodate late afternoon upward ramps. More about Resource Flexibility
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Once-Through Cooling (OTC)

The goal of the once-through cooling (OTC) policy is to reduce the inflow of ocean and estuarine water for power plant cooling. Generators must eliminate or reduce use of coastal or estuarine waters for OTC on a schedule established by the State Water Control Resources Board that considers both environmental goals and the need to maintain electrical reliability. Some generators have proposed alternative dates for specific units, groups of units, or whole facilities. More about Once-Through Cooling
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The Energy Commission received and administered $314.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy projects, consumer rebates, and energy assurance planning through a portfolio of programs. These investments created jobs while emphasizing both immediate upgrade projects and sustained market transformation. More about ARRA
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The California Clean Energy Jobs Act: Proposition 39

The Energy Commission is the lead agency for the implementation of the Proposition 39 Local Educational Agency (LEA) Program that provides funding for eligible energy measures such as energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation at schools. LEAs can be county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and state special schools. More about Clean Energy Jobs Act
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