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April 2018

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Greeting from Chair Weisenmiller

On how the state must transform its energy system away from fossil fuels to meet the existential challenge of climate change

California's natural wonders are extraordinary as they span from the bristlecone pines near Bishop to the redwoods at Muir Woods, from the Trinity Alps to the Mojave Desert, and from the waters of Humboldt Bay to San Diego Bay . . .

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More Than $1.6 Billion Provided for Energy Efficiency Projects In California Schools

Voter-approved initiative adjusts corporate income tax code & allocates revenues

Since 2013, $1.63 billion was requested and given to schools for energy efficiency projects through the Proposition 39 K-12 Program, which is administrated by the Energy Commission. That voter-approved initiative adjusts the corporate income tax code and allocates revenues to school districts. In turn, schools use the money to make energy efficiency improvements . . .

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Disadvantaged Communities Energy Advisory Group Formed

Ensures low-income households reap benefits of 21st century grid

A new advisory group has been formed to help the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ensure that low-income households and hard to reach customers reap the benefits of the 21st century grid . . .

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Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program celebrates 10th anniversary

Program supports goal of getting 5 million zero-emission vehicles on road

The California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a March 7 event at the Capitol. The program is one of the first created by the California State Legislature to help achieve the state's climate change policies.

The ARFVTP spurs innovations in a broad portfolio of alternative fuels and transportation that help California meet its ambitious air quality, petroleum reduction, and climate change goals . . .

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Energy Barriers In Low-Income Communities Report Released

Between 2035 & 2064 hotter days in Central Valley to impact low-income areas

The California Energy Commission has finalized the public comment period on an Energy Commission energy equity indicators report that offers information on clean energy access, renewable energy investment, and energy jobs in low-income communities . . .

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California Now Sources 30 Percent of Its Electric Energy from Renewables

California leads the U.S. in renewables installed and is on its way to meeting a goal of sourcing 50% of electricity from renewables sources, like wind and solar, by 2030.



  • The Energy Commission's Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program conducted a workshop in Bakersfield to introduce and receive additional public comments on preliminary program design concepts. The program seeks to spur onsite renewable energy in agricultural operations.
  • The Energy Commission approved five loans for energy efficiency projects in the Kern, Merced, Tulare, San Mateo and San Bernardino counties totaling more than $10 million. Four of the loans will fund photovoltaic systems and one will fund updated LED lighting.
  • The Energy Commission participated in a Pacific Ocean Energy Trust conference on offshore wind as a potential energy resource in California. California is one of 13 states working with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on offshore wind-related activities.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions continue to drop in California even as the state grows its economy and population. Further declines in greenhouse gas emissions are expected to come from the state's transportation sector, according to an Energy Commission tracking progress report.
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