For Immediate Release: October 8, 2015
Media Contact: Albert Lundeen - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Chair Weisenmiller Expresses Support for AB 865

SACRAMENTO - California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller issued the following statement today in regard to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signing AB 865, which requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a diversity outreach program for contract, grant, and loan award applicants.

"We are fortunate to reside in a state as diverse as California. Its geography, topography, natural resources, and its people are greatly varied, perhaps more so than anywhere else on earth. Our clean energy workforce should reflect this diversity and our programs should provide benefits to all Californians, particularly disadvantaged communities. In 2013 we embarked on an effort to increase the diversity of applicants to the Electric Program Investment Charge and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology programs, and are currently working towards a Commission-wide approach. AB 865 will help us continue and expand our diversity outreach efforts."

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.