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September 2018

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Letter from Robert Weisenmiller

We Must Adapt to Safeguard Our Communities

Our climate is changing, and we must adapt to safeguard our communities from climate change impacts such as the rise in catastrophic fires, impending sea-level rise, declining snowpack levels, droughts and rising temperatures . . .


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State Transitioning From Diesel to Zero- or Low-Emission School Buses

More Than $94 Million Available Through School Bus Replacement Program

The California Energy Commission is helping schools transition from old, polluting diesel school buses to zero- or low-emission vehicles in an effort to reach the state's clean air goals and improve children's health by limiting exposure to transportation-related air pollution . . .

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California on Pace to Meet or Surpass Clean Energy Goals, Report Finds

California Now Sourcing 32 Percent of Electric Energy From Renewables

A recently released Energy Commission report shows that, in some cases, California is ahead of its ambitious clean energy goals. The report, titled "Toward A Clean Energy Future," is a primer on what the state is doing to secure a clean energy future. The report shows that California sourced 32 percent of its electric energy from renewable energy in 2017 . . .

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VIDEO: Experts Weigh in on Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise, Catastrophic Fires, More Hot Days Among Challenges Facing California


Milestones

June

  • The Energy Commission released a $57 million solicitation for the new Food Production Investment Program (FPIP), which provides incentives encouraging California food producers to accelerate adoption of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

July

  • The Energy Commission approved building energy efficiency standard ordinances from Alameda County and the City of Chula Vista that exceed 2016 state efficiency standards. Alameda County is requiring solar photovoltaics be installed in new single-family and low-rise multifamily construction, while Chula Vista's ordinance further reduces the maximum outdoor power allowances for nonresidential lighting.

August

  • An Energy Commission report identified energy equity issues for low-income and disadvantaged communities. The report identifies opportunities for increasing access to renewable energy, building efficiency investment, and advancing energy resilience in low-income communities. The report identifies opportunities impacting low-income communities by allowing information to be parsed by census tract, zip code or county, depending on available data.
  • The Energy Commission awarded the San Diego Port Tenants Association nearly $6 million to deploy technology accelerating the port's transition to zero-emission transportation. The project offers multiple port tenants the opportunity to see how zero-emission technology can improve operation efficiency while supporting the state's climate goals and improving air quality at the port and surrounding community.
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