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October 2015

Letter from the Chair

California has strong climate policies to share with the world, including developing renewable energy and improving efficiency, which have proven effective at reducing GHG emissions while we continue to grow the economy . . .


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Rebates, Financing Available to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Small businesses and apartment owners can get financing and sometimes rebates for installing electric vehicle chargers . . .

Climate Console

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New Tool Shows How Climate Change Could Alter Desert Ecosystems

An online application that shows how climate change could alter our desert ecosystems and the natural range of species . . .

Chair and military

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DOD Enlists Energy Commission Expertise for Clean Energy Projects

Uncle Sam wants the armed forces to go green! . . .


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Energy Commission's Prop 39 Program Sends Millions to Schools for Energy Efficiency

Program provides grant funding for energy efficiency projects and clean energy generation projects . . .

Bathroom faucet

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Energy Commission Approves Standards to Save 38 Billion Gallons of Water

Standards are expected to save more than 2.4 billion gallons of water in the first year and 38 billion gallons after full stock turnover in 10 years . . .

China Trip

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California-Mexico Partnership Addresses Climate Change

Trade mission reinforces California-Mexico agreement, creates new clean technology opportunities . . .

Electric Car

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  • The Energy Commission hosted a workshop highlighting funding opportunities for community-scale renewable energy projects through its Electric Program Investment Charge program and touting successes and lessons learned from the more than 20 community-scale renewable projects funded through the Public Interest Energy Research program which proceeded it. Presentations from Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller, Commissioners David Hochschild and Karen Douglas, the U.S. Department of Energy, state and local governments, academia and private industry were featured.


  • California leads the nation with its ambitious programs to combat climate change, from ramping up renewable energy to driving the development of cleaner cars to its cap-and-trade program. A new interactive map - ClimateInvestmentMap.CA.Gov - tracks where funds from these ground-breaking programs are being invested. The map was developed by the California Department of Technology working with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Air Resources Board, the Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Natural Resources Agency and other state agencies and departments.
  • Burbank installed the first municipal curbside electric vehicle chargers in California, and possibly the nation, with funding from the Energy Commission. Eight Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations were dedicated along curbs in front of a library, a popular shopping area and alongside other busy thoroughfares. The easily seen chargers were getting a lot of use in their first month in action.


  • Hundreds of scientists, policymakers and those interested in climate change gathered in Sacramento for the California Climate Change Symposium, which focused on using science to plan policy. The two-day conference was convened by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller opened the symposium by saying the effects of climate change can already be felt throughout the state.
  • A new technology, converting forestry waste into renewable natural gas, was demonstrated for the first time at a plant in Northern California built with funds from the Energy Commission. The process could potentially contribute a large amount of biomethane for transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires and lessen the state's reliance on petroleum in cars and trucks. Partners in the project include Placer County, the Placer County Air Quality Management District and the Canadian firm G-4 Insights.
  • The Energy Commission observed National Drive Electric Week (September 12-20) with a nod to the many electric vehicle projects it has helped fund this year. Since 2009, the Energy Commission has provided $193 million in match funding for electric vehicle projects and 7,754 chargers to support them.
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