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Letter from the Chair

Details about Aliso Canyon

LED Bulb

Lighting Standards to Save Californians More Than $4 Billion in Electricity Costs

Energy Commission adopted first-in-the-nation energy standards for the next generation of light bulbs

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United jet

Innovative Technology Makes Aviation History

United Airlines made aviation history in March by bringing commercial-scale renewable jet fuel to Los Angeles

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Airplane Car

Center Opens to Advance Clean Transportation in San Joaquin Valley

Clean Transportation Center Opens in Fresno

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Rooftop Solar

Energy Commission's Diversity Program Integrates New Ideas to Broaden Outreach

Opportunities for diverse communities to participate in and benefit from Commission funding programs

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Windmills

Energy Commission Partners With Mexico, Imperial Valley on Clean Energy Workshop

Energy community participated in a cross-border workshop

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Kitchen Ovens

Energy Commission Grant Helps Airline Kitchen Land Big Energy Savings

Shows commercial food service community the value of replacing standard cooking equipment with energy-efficient items

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Townhouse

Rooftop Solar, Energy Efficiency Expected to Slow Growth in Future Electricity Demand

Self-generation of electricity from rooftop solar, and increased energy efficiency in homes are expected to steady electricity demand growth

California Energy Commission

Road to solar panels

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Milestones

January

  • The Public Adviser's Office released video tutorials showing members of the public how to participate in Energy Commission meetings. The videos explain the role of the Public Adviser, show how to participate in business meetings, discuss the process for commenting electronically on the Energy Commission's website, and provid directions for listening and participating remotely by WebEx.
  • Commission approved two $3 million low-interest loans to the City of Huntington Beach and Sacramento County to fund street LED lighting retrofit projects. Huntington Beach is projecting a savings of nearly $300,000 annually in utility costs by replacing more than 11,000 high pressure sodium fixtures. Sacramento is projecting a savings of about $225,000 in annual utility costs by replacing more than 8,000 high pressure sodium fixtures. Both projects are part of the Energy Conservation Assistance Act and will reduce electricity consumption and utility expenses, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Commission released a draft staff report and held a workshop on the energy efficiency of pool pump motors and portable electric spas. The Commission proposed to expand the scope of pool pump motor standards by removing the current prohibition on motor types and establish minimum motor efficiency levels. Staff is reviewing all comments before revising the draft staff report.

February

  • Commission adopted the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR). This year's edition, which assesses major energy trends and issues and provides policy recommendations, covered a broad range of topics including the continuing need to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances, decarbonizing the electricity sector and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The IEPR was submitted to the Governor and Legislature.
  • Commission approved updates to nonresidential 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards compliance software. The software provides an alternative calculation method for demonstrating performance compliance. The approval comes nine months before implementation allowing the industry to prepare for changes that will start in January 2017.

March

  • Commission hosted a planning meeting on renewable resource areas for the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative 2.0. Transmission needs are critical as the state incorporates more renewable energy to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. Attendees heard from policy experts who discussed which renewable energy zones in California may be of greatest interest in the next 15 years.
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