View as a Web page

April 2016

Letter from the Chair

Details about Aliso Canyon

Details about Aliso Canyon . . .


LED Bulb

Credit: California Energy Commission

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

The California Energy Commission adopted first-in-the-nation energy standards for the next generation of light bulbs. The standards cover small-diameter directional lamps, often used in track lighting, and general purpose light-emitting diodes - commonly called LEDs - used to replace typical existing home lighting . . .

United jet

Credit: California Energy Commission

Innovative Technology Makes Aviation History

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

United Airlines made aviation history in March by bringing commercial-scale renewable jet fuel to Los Angeles through its partner AltAir, fueled by a grant from the California Energy Commission . . .

Airplane Car

Credit: California Energy Commission

Center Opens to Advance Clean Transportation in San Joaquin Valley

Clean Transportation Center Opens in Fresno

An advanced technology center recently opened its doors at the historic Fresno Chandler Executive Airport on land donated by a former California lawmaker . . .

Rooftop Solar

Credit: California Energy Commission

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

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

For more than a year, the California Energy Commission has been formalizing its efforts to maximize opportunities for diverse communities to participate in and benefit from Commission funding programs and other activities . . .

Windmills

Credit: California Energy Commission

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

Energy community participated in a cross-border workshop

More than 100 representatives from the energy community participated in a workshop near the California-Mexico border to discuss opportunities to invest in clean and renewable energy projects on both sides of the border and to share information and best practices . . .

Kitchen Ovens

Credit: California Energy Commission

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

As the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, it's not unusual for the California Energy Commission to have its fingers in many pots, including the ones used to prepare meals for passengers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) . . .

Townhouse

Credit: California Energy Commission

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

Self-generation of electricity from rooftop solar and increased energy efficiency in homes are expected to steady electricity demand growth over the next decade. That's the finding of the California Energy Commission's California Energy Demand 2016-2026, Revised Electricity Forecast . . .

Road to solar panels

Credit: iStock by Getty Images

Did you know?

Sun Power

The technology behind solar thermal power plants may seem new, but it is almost 140 years old . . .

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.
View more events on our calendar
 
California Energy Commission Seal Linked to the California Energy Commission main website Find us on facebook logo linked to California Energy Commission's Facebook page Twitter Logo linked to California Energy Commission Twitter Page Address of the California Energy Commission - 1516 9th Street, Sacramento California
 
If you have questions, comments or suggestions for The Spark, please email Mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov
If you'd like to receive future issues of this newsletter, please subscribe at: www.energy.ca.gov/commission/newsletter/
If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe at: www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/