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January 2019

Chair Robert Weisenmiller

We Must Continue to Build a Clean Energy Future

Spark letter from Robert B. Weisenmiller

California's new ambitious clean energy goals deserve recognition, but as we head into the new year, we must continue to build upon past accomplishments.

In 2018, California's Fourth Climate Assessment, a landmark compilation of scientific research, forecasted how climate change threatens Californian's and our energy infrastructure. Two-thirds of Southern California's beaches could be wiped out, and the average area burned by wildfires could nearly double by 2100 . . .

School Bus Replacement Program

Bus Replacement Program Safeguards Children's Health

Diesel school bus pollution a health risk

More than $94 million is available for public school districts, county offices of education and joint power authorities to safeguard children from school bus air pollution through the California Energy Commission's School Bus Replacement Program.

Research has shown that particulate matter, which can lodge deep in the lungs, is linked to premature death, aggravated asthma, and decreased lung function. Children are more susceptible to these adverse health effects than adults. Old diesel school buses . . .

Offshore Wind

Credit: courtesy of NREL

Offshore Wind: Part of California's Renewable Energy Future

Robust Offshore Wind Potential Exists Off Coast

Studies from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have shown that offshore wind energy generation has the potential to add a new power resource to California's renewable energy mix.

Offshore wind as a renewable resource is a goal for California. The Energy Commission is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other agencies in an intergovernmental task force to explore the possibilities for offshore wind . . .

New Energy Efficiency Standards

New Energy Efficiency Standards Take Effect in 2019

Standards to reduce electricity use and natural gas demand

Reducing electricity and natural gas demand by adopting new building and appliance energy standards is key to producing significant energy savings for California consumers.

Appliance efficiency standards adopted by the Energy Commission that take effect in 2019 . . .

2019 EPIC Symposium

Symposium to Plumb Energy Tech, Entrepreneurship

Industry leaders, innovators, builders and entrepreneurs to attend

Advancing electric vehicle smart charging, clean energy portfolios for municipalities, energy storage technology, and entrepreneurial support will be among the topics at the fifth annual Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Symposium.

The symposium, which will be held Feb. 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center, is free and open to the public. The event brings together industry leaders, innovators, builders, entrepreneurs, students and others to discuss clean energy . . .

Agricultural Sector Support

Ag Sector Gets Support from Energy Commission

Awards range from $25,000 to $300,000

California's agricultural sector is not only a contributor of greenhouse gases, it is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

California is supporting onsite renewable energy projects in the agriculture sector through the Energy Commission's Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program with $9.5 million from the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

Energy Commission staff is working on a competitive solicitation package . . .

Spark Newsletter Video

VIDEO: UC Davis Expert on Hotter Climate in California

Forty plus 100 degree days a year for Sacramento?

As part of California's Fourth Climate Assessment, UC Davis environmental scientist Ben Houlton talks about how climate change will affect the Sacramento Valley, with 40 hundred degree days each year possible.

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