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July 2017

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Letter from the Chair

California's drive toward a clean energy economy and its climate leadership has been on display to the world

Never more so than the present, California's drive toward a clean energy economy and its climate leadership has been on display to the world . . .


Efficient House

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California Energy Efficiency Standards Outperform Others

When compared to national standards California excels

California gets more bang for the buck with higher energy efficiency standards than the nation and the world . . .

LACI Meeting

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Southern California Program Brings Together Clean Energy Entrepreneurs and Industry Leaders

Brings new technologies to market

On the strength of an Energy Commission grant, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) launched a new initiative in May that will strengthen the region's clean energy economy by helping entrepreneurs access the business and technical services necessary to bring new technologies to market . . .


Oakland Port

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Energy Commission Awards More Than $24 Million to Clean Freight Projects in Southern California

Will support accelerated adoption of clean freight technologies

The Energy Commission awarded more than $24 million in May for sustainable freight transportation projects at the nation's largest port complex to reduce port emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants, improving air quality and public health in the ports and surrounding disadvantaged communities . . .

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Former Energy Commission Chair and Women's Advancement Champion Dies

Jackalyne Pfannenstiel was an energy pioneer

Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, a former commissioner and chair of the California Energy Commission who served as assistant secretary for the Navy, died in April at age 69 . . .

Rows of plants

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EPIC Symposium Helps Create Agricultural Water and Energy Saving Partnership

EPIC Program invests more than $120 million annually

A connection made at a California Energy Commission research and development forum led to a grant recipient being selected by a state agency to monitor energy and water savings on California farms . . .

Geothermal plant

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Geothermal Energy Grants May Lead to Increased Revenue and Jobs

Geothermal is a key asset in California's goal to obtain 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030

Geothermal energy got a big boost after the Energy Commission approved more than $7 million in grant awards to projects from its Geothermal Grant and Loan Program . . .

Building complex

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Involving Local Governments in Statewide Policy Planning

Local governments touch every single significant construction project that happens in the state

As policy is adopted that moves towards meeting California's environmental goals, it is clear that energy efficiency is a key tool . . .


Microgrids

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Work Continues on Creating a Microgrid Roadmap

Microgrids are small-scale electrical systems

The Energy Commission continues to collect information to create a roadmap that will help accelerate the adoption of microgrid technology . . .


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Did you know?

A very cool way to save money on appliances

Here's something to keep in mind next time you are shopping for appliances. Saving a few dollars today could cost you more in the long run . . .

Milestones

April

  • The Energy Commission approved the 2017-2018 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which invests in alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. The program helps California reach its greenhouse gas emissions goals, improve air quality, reduce dependence on petroleum and promote economic development. To date, the program has invested more than $700 million in nearly 600 projects.
  • The Energy Commission approved the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) 2018-2020 Triennial Investment Plan, a proposed strategy for administering research and development funds. The Energy Commission invests more than $120 million annually through EPIC for innovations and concepts that help California meet its energy and climate goals. The plan includes strategies to accelerate the evolution of the state's electrical system, remove market barriers to the wider deployment of distributed energy resources, create a market for energy storage, increase the cost-competiveness of renewable generation, and advance solutions for continued energy savings in buildings. It also emphasizes the Energy Commission's commitment to increase the diversity of awardees receiving research funds.
  • The Energy Commission approved the adoption of building energy standards for the cities of Fremont, Mill Valley and Novato that are greater than what the state requires. The ordinance in Fremont requires a reduction of the outdoor lighting wattage for additions, new construction and alterations to existing nonresidential buildings. The Mill Valley ordinance requires all new single-family homes to use 15 percent less energy and low-rise multifamily homes to use 10 percent less energy than in the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The ordinance in Novato requires new low-rise residential occupancies to meet the voluntary CALGreen Tier 1 requirements, which are more efficient than the Energy Commission's statewide standard.
  • The Energy Commission approved a zero-interest loan of more than $900,000 to the Berryessa Union School District to upgrade lighting. The project is funded by the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) and will save the district more than $1 million in electricity utility costs by the end of the maximum repayment term while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

May

  • Three 1-percent interest loans were approved for nearly $7.5 million for a hydroelectric project in Amador County, and solar photovoltaic projects in Lake Arrowhead and Monterey. The Amador Water Agency will use the funds to install a turbine at a water transfer pipeline between reservoirs. This project will save the agency an estimated $130,000 annually in utility costs. The loan for the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District funds solar panels at the Hesperia Farms Site Solar Facility. The project will save more than $240,000 in annual electricity utility costs and has a payback of just over 12 years. The Monterey Peninsula Airport District loan will be used for a ground-mounted, multiple-axis photovoltaic system at the Monterey Regional Airport. The project will save more than $180,000 in annual utility costs. These projects are funded by the Energy Conservation Assistance Act.

June

  • The Energy Commission has approved applications for $1 billion for nearly 18,000 energy efficiency and clean energy generation measures through the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) K-12 Program. Five thousand schools have benefitted and collectively districts are expected to save nearly $78 million dollars in annual energy costs.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) honored Commissioner Andrew McAllister for his work on energy efficiency. The Green Hard Hat Award symbolizes a commitment to the betterment of communities and the environment for all Californians. The USGBC cited McAllister's work to implement Assembly Bill 802 and Senate Bill 350 as major accomplishments to help shape state policy. The Senate Rules Committee also reconfirmed McAllister to serve another five-year term as Commissioner.
  • The Energy Commission approved more than $17 million for nine new hydrogen stations that will expand the refueling infrastructure network in California. The stations are in Huntington Beach, Irvine, San Diego, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Campbell, Oakland, Sunnyvale and Santa Nella.
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