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February 2014

Letter from the Chair

With 2014 well underway, the Energy Commission's work continues to influence the transformation of California's energy systems. Our policies and programs are fundamentally changing the way we produce, distribute and consume energy in California . . .


Improving the Energy Efficiency of California Schools

Schools Can Now Apply for Prop. 39 Energy Efficiency Funding

California K-12 schools can now apply for Proposition 39 funds to improve buildings' energy efficiency, create clean energy jobs, and reduce utility bills . . .


Sparking Investment in California's Electricity Landscape

Upcoming Electricity Innovation Funding Opportunities

The Energy Commission is embarking on a new era of innovation with new energy research, demonstration, and market facilitation projects funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) . . .


New Effective Date for 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24)

Moved from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014

At its December 2013 Business Meeting, the Energy Commission revised the effective date for the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards - Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 10 and Part 6, and affected provisions in Part 11 [Cal. Green Building Standards Code] - from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014 . . .


Credit: Photo courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources

Historic Drought Impacts Energy

Conserving Water Helps Conserve Energy

The biggest environmental story in California this year has been the drought . . .


California Partners with China

Trade Mission Addresses Climate Change

California's leadership on addressing climate change through innovative policies, advanced technologies and effective programs, is demonstrating to the world that having a strong economy and more sustainable energy system is possible . . .


Did You Know?

  • Letting your faucet run for 5 minutes uses as much energy as leaving a 60-watt light bulb on for 14 hours.
  • Shorter showers (5 minutes or less) can save up to 700 gallons of water a month.



  • The California Public Utilities Commission approved the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). EPIC is designed to assist the development of non-commercialized new and emerging clean energy technologies in California.
  • The 125 MW Genesis Solar Energy Project Unit 2 met its Commercial Operation Date (COD) of November 30, 2013, and was declared commercial under the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).


  • The Energy Commission approved energy efficiency guidelines for school funding. California schools got one step closer to receiving up to $500 million a year for energy efficiency projects that were made possible by Proposition 39. The unanimous adoption of the guidelines cleared the way for schools to apply for award funds in early 2014.


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