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October 2014

Letter from the Chair

As part of ongoing international outreach efforts, Governor Jerry Brown led a delegation of state officials and legislative leaders, as well as trade and investment organizations, to Mexico City in July.

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California energy data now easier to find online

New tab on website

In an effort to make it easier for the public to find information on California's energy use (supply and demand), the Energy Commission has made two significant changes . . .

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California and Interior Department release draft energy and conservation plan for SoCal desert

Plan covers more than 22 million acres

A draft proposal identifying areas appropriate for renewable energy development in the Southern California desert while providing comprehensive protections for natural and cultural resources has been released by the State of California and the Department of the Interior September 23, 2014 . . .

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New funding available for energy ideas

Designed to target gaps in the energy innovation pipeline to bring new solutions to market

Have you ever said, "If I only had funding for my brilliant clean energy idea, I could change the world"? Well, this might be your opportunity . . .

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Successful first year of Proposition 39 activities for K-12 schools

Energy Commission approved 66 energy expenditure plans

The Energy Commission announced the close of the first of five fiscal years for the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39), the program that funds eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools . . .

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California moves to improve solar incentive program

Energy Commission has distributed more than $100 million with another $80 million reserved for pending projects

The Energy Commission is now the sole administrator of the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) . . .

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If you build it, they will come

Building a refueling and charging infrastructure that's convenient for drivers

More than $500 million in Energy Commission funding and investments has put California into the fast lane toward achieving its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 . . .

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Did you know?

Electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain than those powered by gasoline. Maintenance for all-electric vehicles costs much less than for gasoline vehicles. They require no oil changes and have 10 times fewer moving parts than a gasoline-powered car. There's no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler, or catalytic converter . . .



  • Continuing the state's progress toward a clean transportation future that curbs greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, the California Energy Commission green-lighted nearly $50 million to boost the refueling network for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. How do those vehicles fit into our future? Watch this video featuring our alternative fuels expert Jim McKinney to find out.
  • Industry feedback leads Energy Commissioners to extend the start date for regulations requiring nonresidential building owners to disclose energy use data. Owners of buildings between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet will start reporting energy use July 1, 2016. Owners of buildings greater than 10,000 square feet began reporting January 1, 2014.


  • The 100,000th plug-in electric vehicle was sold in California, a sign of growing consumer confidence in a re-charging network. To help build that confidence and to reach Governor Brown's goal of getting 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025, the Energy Commission has awarded $38.5 million to install 8,600 charging stations throughout the state.


  • TransPower USA launched four Energy Commission-funded demonstration electric trucks and tractors in the Port of Long Beach. Over the next two years, vehicles will accumulate hundreds of thousands of miles of real-world testing, paving the way for commercial-scale manufacturing of trucks that can dramatically curb greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in one of the nation's most challenged regions.
  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, and other dignitaries announced the release of the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), Sept. 23 in Palm Springs. The plan identifies areas appropriate for renewable energy development in the Southern California desert, while providing environmental protections for wildlife, cultural and recreational resources. The plan was prepared by a team of state and federal agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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