California Energy Commission
Fact Sheets

These fact sheets cover the seven core responsibilities of the California Energy Commission and California's leading energy policies.

The California Energy Commission's Core Responsibilities

  • Core Responsibilities — The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. (Updated July 2014)

  1. Advancing State Energy Policy — As the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, the California Energy Commission prepares the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) and collaborates with state and federal agencies, utilities, and other stakeholders to develop and implement state energy policies. (Updated July 2014)

  2. Achieving Energy Efficiency — Since 1975, the California Energy Commission has been responsible for reducing the state's electricity and natural gas demand primarily by adopting new Building and Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards that have contributed to keeping California's per capita electricity consumption relatively low. (Updated July 2014)

  3. Investing in Energy Innovation — Since 1975, the California Energy Commission has advanced innovation through its energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programs by investing millions of dollars in technologies to improve California's energy systems and resources. (Updated July 2014)

  4. Developing Renewable Energy — The California Energy Commission is involved in many efforts to promote and support renewable energy development. (Updated July 2014)

  5. Transforming Transportation — Transportation accounts for a major portion of California's energy budget and has a significant impact on air quality. It is also the single largest source of the State's greenhouse gas emissions. (Updated July 2014)

  6. Certifying Thermal Power Plants — The California Energy Commission is responsible for the certification and compliance of thermal power plants 50 megawatts (MW) and larger, including all project-related facilities in California. (Updated July 2014)

  7. Preparing for Energy Emergencies — In 1988, the California Energy Commission developed California's first comprehensive Energy Shortage Contingency Plan that was nationally recognized. Today, the Energy Commission continues to lead the State's energy emergency planning efforts. (Updated July 2014)

Energy Programs and Policies

  • Proposition 39: The California Clean Energy Jobs Act — The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) changed the corporate income tax code and allocates projected revenue to the General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013–14. Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible energy projects such as energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation at schools. (Updated October 2014)