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April 2015

Letter from the Chair

I would like to begin this letter with a reminder of the dire circumstances that face California's environment, people, economy, agriculture and all around health. We still find ourselves in the worst drought of California's recorded history. I am sure many have seen photos of the devastatingly low water levels in our reservoirs and lack of snow pack (including the one on this page of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. addressing the issue where there is normally 5 feet of snow pack). This is not a time to be complacent, and I urge all of you to take a zero-based budgeting approach to your water consumption . . .

Close up image of the front of a computer

Credit: Energy Commission

Public Input Requested for Proposed Computer Standards

Public Workshop scheduled for April 15. Energy Commission is looking for comments on newly proposed computer and monitor standards . . .

Front of house

Credit: Energy Commission

The New Solar Homes Partnership Program Case Study: Promoting Greener, Better Housing in California

More than a quarter of all new homes in Southern California are now being constructed with solar . . .

Light bulb in hand

Credit: Energy Commission

Energy Commission Releases Framework to Double Progress in Achieving Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

The first of seven workshops will be held April 7 at the Energy Commission to receive industry and stakeholder feedback on the roadmap to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings . . .

Under the hood

Credit: Energy Commission

Transforming California's Transportation Sector to Meet Climate Goals

The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, outlining how the state's transportation sector is evolving to meet the state's climate and clean air goals . . .

Desert landscape

Credit: iStock by Getty Images

Next Steps for Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

The draft DRECP was released September 23, and about 12,000 comments were received by the close of the public comment period February 23 . . .

Karen Douglas and David Hochschild

Credit: Energy Commission

Solar Plant Dedication Continues California's Pursuit of Renewable Energy Targets

California moved closer to meeting one of its renewable energy goals February 9 with the dedication of the world's largest solar photovoltaic power plant in Riverside County . . .

Children's art from CEC Calendar, Picture a renewable earth comprised of PV solar Panel, windmil

Credit: Energy Commission - Student's artwork

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  • The Energy Commission unveiled its new seal January 14, replacing the one designed in the mid-1980s. The new seal reflects the evolution of energy policies to pursue cleaner and more sustainable energy resources.
  • Energy Commission launches a new online system for schools to submit Energy Expenditure Plans under the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). The system provides schools a streamlined process to submit all the elements of a plan for review and approval under the newly authorized 2015 Program Implementation Guidelines.


  • Energy Commission posts amendments to standards for water appliances, air filters, fluorescent dimming ballasts, and heat pump water chilling packages. This kicks off the formal rulemaking phase, in which a hearing is held and public comment is heard. Commissioners will vote on the final report in April.
  • Energy Commission approved $3 million in loans through the Energy Conservation Assistance Act-Education (ECAA-Ed) program for the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at two campuses in the Sequoias Community College District. The loan will be paid back in about seven years and will save the district more than $400,000 annually. The ECAA-Ed program, funded by the California Clean Energy Jobs Fund (Proposition 39), provides no-interest loans to community colleges and K-12 schools for energy projects. They are paid back within 20 years using energy cost savings.


  • Energy Commission has resurrected its Petroleum Watch monthly reports with insightful analyses and a new look to find facts quickly.
  • Energy Commission approves a $3 million loan to the County of Alameda and $1.4 million loan to Esparto Unified School District. Alameda County's one-percent loan will be used to install roof-mounted photovoltaic panels on the Santa Rita Jail. The project, funded through the Energy Conservation Assistance Act, will save the county more than $435,000 in utility costs annually. The district's zero-percent interest loan, funded through ECAA-Ed, will be used to install photovoltaic panels at three schools and energy efficient lights at various sites. The project will save the district about $91,652 in utility costs annually.
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