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January 2018

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Greetings from Robert Weisenmiller

Chair of the California Energy Commission

Efficient light bulbs, energy performance benchmarking, and outreach to disadvantaged communities highlight California's performance, but more work is needed.

As legislators return to the capitol and we begin a new year I am glad to provide another edition of the California Energy Commission's newsletter, The Spark . . .

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Energy Commission Creates Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group

Provides advice to communities on benefits from clean energy and pollution reduction programs

Approved by the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December, the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group will provide advice on ways to help disadvantaged communities benefit from proposed clean energy and pollution reduction programs, have access to clean energy technologies, and receive affordable energy services . . .

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Energy Commission Launches Incentive Project to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Statewide

Project works with community to install chargers and build infrastructure

A new statewide incentive project funded by the Energy Commission to promote expansion of California's electric vehicle charging network debuted in Fresno County . . .

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Energy Commission Increases Focus on Access to Solar in Low Income Housing Projects

Participation from affordable housing developers in 2017 increased by more than 300%

In 2017, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) intensified its focus on fostering the adoption of solar systems on new housing projects and developments built in low-income communities . . .

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Three New Energy Efficiency Standards Go Into Effect Offering Customers Better Lighting Choices

The standards cover light bulbs, LEDs and small-diameter directional lamps

Three new energy efficiency standards went into effect January 1 that give consumers the choice of better quality light bulbs, LEDs, and small-diameter directional lamps . . .



  • California now gets 30 percent of electric energy sales from renewable energy sources, according to the Energy Commission's latest tracking progress report on renewables.
  • The report ""Senate Bill 350: Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings by 2030", directs the Commission to establish statewide annual targets doubling energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas end uses by 2030.
  • The economy grew with only a small increase in the state's energy consumption. An Energy Commission report shows electricity consumption grew less than 1 percent from 2015 to 2016. Meanwhile, California's gross domestic product grew four times as fast as its electricity consumption.
  • A $4.6 million Energy Commission grant resulted in the groundbreaking of a project that ships biogas through a pipeline network from a cluster of 12 dairies in the Central Valley to a nearby facility to produce renewable fuel.
  • The Commission adopted building energy efficiency standards for the cities of Davis and Lancaster. The new city standards exceed state efficiency standards by as much as 30 percent.
  • Revisions to the Tribal Program and Consultation Policy were adopted ensuring consistency with Assembly Bill 52, which amends the California Environmental Quality Act to include additional considerations regarding Native American tribes and tribal resources.
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