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Average Monthly Arctic Sea Ice Extent Graph - October 1979 - 2016

Letter from the Chair

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Energy Commission Issues Energy Standards for Computers and Monitors

Mandatory standards could save consumers an estimated $373 million annually

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Energy Commission Adopts Study to Increase Renewable Energy Use in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Study aimed at helping people and businesses in low-income areas in California

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Chair Weisenmiller

Navy and Energy Commission Formalize Energy Partnership

MOU signed to provide mutual support as Navy and Marine Corps installations in the state transition to alternative energy technologies

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Meeting State Energy Mandates May Need Transmission Expansion, Report Says

Report seeks to identify areas where utility-scale renewable energy can be accessed and where opportunities exist to develop electricity transmission

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EPIC Symposium

Research Projects Highlighted at Second EPIC Symposium

Projects benefit the ratepayers of California's three largest electric investor-owned utilities

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Energy Commission Funds Electric Vehicle Chargers Along Major State Routes

Goal of 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025

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Windmill

Momentum Builds for Offshore Wind in California

Interest from private industry in setting up wind farms off the coast

Bureau of Offshore Energy Management

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Did you know?

Do you turn off all the power when you leave the house? Chances are you don't, even if you think you do.

Milestones

November

  • Commissioner David Hochschild was part of a seven-member delegation that attended the United Nations 22nd Conference of Parties in Marrakech, Morocco. The delegation, which included Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) assured global partners of California's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a clean energy future.
  • The Commission approved a $700,000 zero-interest loan to the Waterford Unified School District in Stanislaus County for lighting retrofits. The project is funded by the Energy Conservation Assistance Act and will reduce electricity consumption, saving the district an estimated $45,000 in electric utility costs annually while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Commission approved San Francisco adoption of building energy standards that are greater than what the state requires. This local ordinance is among the first to require solar photovoltaic systems on specified buildings. San Francisco is the third local ordinance approved by the Energy Commission that goes beyond the state standard. The new 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards went into effect January 1, 2017. New homes will use about 28 percent less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water heating than those built to the 2013 standards.

December

  • Over the summer, the Commission's Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) K-12 Program adopted guidelines making it easier for districts to apply for energy efficiency funding. Staff conducted workshops and targeted outreach to charter schools to inform school officials of the change and provide application guidance. Staff organized charter school workshops in Hayward and Los Angeles, with additional outreach in San Diego.
  • The Commission welcomed new hydrogen refueling stations, with 25 as of early December. Retail stations that recently opened include Anaheim, Del Mar in San Diego, Hollywood and Woodland Hills. The Commission has provided funding for 48 hydrogen stations. It is working to ensure as many of them as possible are opened in 2017 with plans to fund at least 100 for the initial introduction of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles in the California marketplace.
  • The Commission had a total of 44 visits from International Delegations in 2016. Our most frequent visitor was China (10 visits). The second-most frequent visitor was Japan (six visits). The last delegation of the year was Brazil, which occurred December 13.
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