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July 2015

Letter from the Chair

The California Energy Commission has made much progress since the last Spark . . .


Building Dedication

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The Warren-Alquist State Energy Building

New name honors the two men who helped create Energy Commission

As part of the California Energy Commission's 40th anniversary, its Sacramento headquarters has a new name that honors the two men who helped create the organization . . .

Faucet

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Water-Saving Projects Get Boost from Energy Commission

California in the midst of an extended drought, finding resourceful ways to conserve water is a priority

With California in the midst of an extended drought, finding resourceful ways to conserve water is a priority . . .

LED Bulb

Credit: California Energy Commission

Energy Commission Continues March Toward Zero Net Energy With 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Unanimously approved building energy efficiency standards will reduce energy costs

The Energy Commission unanimously approved building energy efficiency standards that will reduce energy costs, save consumers money, and increase comfort in new and upgraded homes as well as other buildings . . .

Receiving award

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Geothermal Grant Program Receives Award

Award received for significant contributions to advancing geothermal technology

The California Energy Commission's Geothermal Grant and Loan Program has received an award for its significant contributions to advancing geothermal technology, spurring economic development and protecting the environment . . .

Drew Bohan, Akasha Kauer Khalsa

Credit: Green California
Drew Bohan (left) Akasha Kauer Khalsa

Energy Commission Wins Waste Management Award

Leadership Award in Waste Management from Green Technology

The Energy Commission has won the 2015 Leadership Award in Waste Management from Green Technology, a nonprofit initiative that connects government officials with private sector developers of green technologies . . .

Red motorcycle

Credit: California Energy Commission

Electric Armored Car Gets a Test Drive; Motorcycles Rev Up

Engines that run on electricity are making a giant leap from small compact vehicles to heavy-duty armored cars

Engines that run on electricity are making a giant leap from small compact vehicles to heavy-duty armored cars . . .

Cool Roof

Credit: iStock by Getty Images

Did you know?

Very Cool Roofs . . .

Milestones

April

  • The Energy Commission formally adopted a resolution reaffirming its policy - consistent with state and federal law - to optimize fair and equal opportunities for small businesses and women-, disabled veteran-, minority- and LGBT-owned businesses, as well as economically disadvantaged and underserved communities.
  • The Energy Commission published a workforce solicitation that provides up to $4.5 million for training on the installation of advanced energy efficiency measures in new home construction projects and up to $4.5 million for training on installing advanced energy efficiency measures in existing buildings located in disadvantaged communities. The grants were funded through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program.

May

  • Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller was confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee. He was appointed as member and Chair of the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and re-appointed in January 2015. He served as a commissioner from 2010 to 2011. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission.

June

  • The summer's catastrophic wildfires not only kill wildlife and destroy homes, they also exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Commission participated in the kick-off meeting of a research project that will help determine if thinning forest thickets and turning the green waste into biofuel reduces greenhouse gases from the state's forests. The Greenhouse Gas Offset Protocol Development Project will examine areas where forest fires occurred and collect data for the analysis.
  • The Energy Commission is poised to launch the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center with a $1.2 million grant, which will accelerate deployment of zero-emission and high efficiency vehicles in a valley that has some of the nation's worst air quality.
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