California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:

Order Instituting Informational Proceeding
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Docket No. 09-OII-1

NOTICE OF BUSINESS MEETING
RE: Revisions to Program Guidelines

 


Consideration to Adopt Revisions to the
State Energy Program Guidelines

As part of the regular Business Meeting, the California Energy Commission will consider adopting revisions to the State Energy Program Guidelines (Guidelines). These Guidelines were developed to help implement and administer specific program areas funded by the State Energy Program (SEP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The business meeting will be held on:

WEDNESDAY, FEBURARY 10, 2010
10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet. For details, please go to:
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

At the direction of the Energy Commission's ARRA Committee, proposed changes have been made to the Guidelines establishing requirements to qualify for funding under the Clean Energy Business Financing Program (CEBFP). The CEBFP is one of several program areas funded under the Energy Commission's State Energy Program. The CEBFP will provide up to $35 million in ARRA SEP funds as low-interest loans to eligible applicants that:

  1. Enter into the California manufacturing of eligible energy efficiency or renewable energy products, components, systems, or technologies;
  2. Improve or expand such existing clean energy manufacturing activity; or
  3. Modify such existing clean energy manufacturing facility or activities in California to enable and/or expand utilization of California suppliers. Program funds will also be available for low-interest loans to eligible projects that generate either new production or expanded production of biomethane gas that is suitable for direct injection into the natural gas pipeline and eligible for purposes of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard.

A Staff Draft version of the Guideline revisions for the CEBFP was published for public comments on December 17, 2009. A public workshop was then held on December 21, 2009, to discuss the Staff Draft revisions and solicit public comments. Stakeholders and interested members of the public were encouraged to provide written comments no later than December 31, 2009. Based on the comments received, the Staff Draft version of the Guideline revisions was revised as directed by the ARRA Committee and published for public review as a Committee Draft on January 21, 2010 (publication # CEC-150-2009-004-CMF-REV1).

In addition to revisions for the CEBFP, the Guidelines are being revised to allocate additional ARRA SEP funds for the Municipal Financing Program, the California Comprehensive Residential Building Retrofit Program, and the Municipal and Commercial Building Targeted Measure Retrofit Program elements of the Energy Commission's State Energy Program. These program elements were initially allocated a total of $95 million in SEP ARRA funds. The ARRA Committee is proposing that an additional $15 million in SEP ARRA funds be allocated to these program elements to address an increased interest for program funding.

The ARRA Committee is also proposing other minor clarifying changes to the Guidelines. All Guideline revisions are noted in underline and strikeout font in the Committee Draft version of the Guideline revisions on January 21, 2010 (publication # CEC-150-2009-004-CMF-REV1).

The ARRA Committee recommends the Committee Draft version of the Guideline revisions be adopted by the Energy Commission. The Committee Draft version of the Guideline revisions is available online at www.energy.ca.gov/stimulus/documents/.

Printed copies of the Committee Draft version of the Guidelines may be obtained by contacting Jennifer Jennings, Public Adviser, by telephone at (916) 654-4489 or by e-mail at [publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us].


Written Comments

Written comments concerning the Committee Draft version of the Guideline revisions should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on February 3, 2010. Please include the docket number 09-OII-1 and indicate Order Instituting Informational Proceeding - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand-deliver or mail an original to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 09-OII-1
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document File (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Office.

All written comments related to the Guidelines will be filed with the Dockets Office and become part of the public record in this proceeding.


Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [PublicAdviser@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance of the Business Meeting.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please contact Larry Rillera, Project Manager by telephone at (916) 651-6178 or by e-mail at [lrillera@energy.state.ca.us].

Notices and documents for this proceeding are posted to the Energy Commission website at [www.energy.ca.gov/stimulus/]. When new information is posted, an e-mail will be sent to those on the energy policy e-mail list server. We encourage those who are interested in receiving updates and notices to sign up for the List Server at the website above.

Date Online: January 26, 2010

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JEFFREY D. BYRON
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee

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JAMES D. BOYD
Vice Chair and Associate Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee