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Letter from the Chair

As we approach the summer months and endure extreme drought conditions, it's critically important that Californians make every effort to conserve water. Extreme drought conditions are another example of how climate change is affecting our region. The Third National Climate Assessment of the United States highlighted the likelihood of increased temperatures that we are likely to see in the months and years ahead. Our water supply and our electricity system will be stressed.

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California Investing Nearly $50 Million in Hydrogen Refueling Stations

Energy Commission will invest nearly $50 million to accelerate the development of publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations

In California's latest effort to advance hydrogen transportation, the Energy Commission announced on May 1, it will invest nearly $50 million to accelerate the development of publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles...

Source: California Energy Commission

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Energy Commission Approves First Wave of Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plans

Plans funded by Proposition 39

As of May 31, the California Energy Commission had approved 12 energy expenditure plans for projects that will be funded by the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). The plans include classroom and school facility energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy projects at 37 sites and total over $5.6 million.

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Commissioner Hochschild Helps Dedicate Genesis Solar Energy Center

"Flipping of the switch" ceremony marks official dedication of the Genesis Solar Energy Project

The sparsely populated desert area in Riverside County about 25 miles west of Blythe had a few more visitors in May for the ceremonial "flipping of the switch" that marked the official dedication of the Genesis Solar Energy Project

Source: California Energy Commission

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Responding to Drought, Energy Commission Speeds Effort to Make Water Appliances More Efficient

New efficiency standards for water appliances to save $1.12 billion in water and energy resources and reduce water use by 86.6 billion gallons a year

Due to the severity of the state's drought, the California Energy Commission recently began the process of adopting new efficiency standards for water appliances. When fully implemented, these standards have the potential to save $1.12 billion in water and energy resources and reduce water use by 86.6 billion gallons a year...

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New Grants Available for Eligible Geothermal Projects

Applications for grants due July 15

In May, the Energy Commission's Geothermal Grant and Loan Program released a new competitive grant solicitation for eligible geothermal projects. Up to $5.8 million is available for grants, with applications due July 15.

Source: California Energy Commission

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Did you know?

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), California is the number one state when it comes to solar capacity installed. SEIA also reports that half of all solar capacity in California was installed during 2013.

Source: California Energy Commission

Milestones

March

  • The California Energy Commission deemed the Alamitos Energy Center's Application for Certification to be data adequate, and assigned a committee of two Commissioners - Karen Douglas and Janea Scott - to oversee the project.

April

  • The California Energy Commission approved the $388 million clean energy research plan funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). EPIC awards fund potentially game-changing research that produces more reliable, lower-cost and safer electricity.
  • First four Proposition 39 energy expenditure plans were approved.

May

  • The Palen Solar Electric Generating System Amendment Committee granted the motion to reopen the evidentiary record filed by the Palen Solar Holdings.
  • CalCerts, Inc. approved as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider for HERS Raters conducting field verification and diagnostic testing to demonstrate compliance with the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24).
  • The Energy Commission announced that it will invest nearly $50 million to accelerate the development of publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations in California in order to support a consumer market for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles. The $50 million comes from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
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