Natural Gas Research and Development Program, Proposed Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2021-22
April 01, 2021
Energy Research and Development (500)
Natural Gas Program
In 2000, Assembly Bill (AB) 1002 (Wright, Chapter 932, Statutes of 2000) was enacted, requiring the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to add a surcharge on natural gas consumed in California. This surcharge funded various energy efficiency programs and public interest research and development to benefit natural gas ratepayers. AB 1002 also required the CPUC to designate an entity to administer the research component of AB 1002. In 2004, the CPUC issued Decision 04-08-010, designating the California Energy Commission (CEC) as the research fund administrator.
The Natural Gas Research and Development Program Proposed Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2021-22 describes the CEC’s proposed natural gas research initiatives in energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced generation, natural gas infrastructure safety and integrity, energy-related environmental research, and transportation. These initiatives support the state’s energy policies and objectives, with several initiatives directly benefitting disadvantaged communities.
The proposed research funding for Fiscal Year 2021-22 is $24 million, and the budget plan covers July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. The budget plan was informed by input from California stakeholders, research institutions, equipment manufacturers, disadvantaged and low-income community representatives, and governmental partners.
CEC staff appreciates the coordination with CPUC on the proposed research initiatives and CPUC’s ongoing support to enable access to needed utility infrastructure data.