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Notice of Staff Workshop

On the provisions of AB 811 and other funding mechanisms
As related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provisions as they pertain to the disbursement of funds for specific energy related projects. The workshop will focus on Assembly Bill 811 (Levine, Chapter 159, Statutes of 2008) and other funding mechanisms that finance the installation of energy efficiency improvements, distributed generation and renewable energy sources through contractual assessments to determine if and how ARRA money can best be used to advance these programs in local jurisdictions. Commissioners from both the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission may be in attendance at this workshop.

This workshop is intended to inform and discuss with the public and various stakeholders the types of projects that may be funded, eligible recipients of funds, application processes, and related timelines.

Note date change, and extended to 5 p.m.

April 24, 2009
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California

(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote Attendance

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service

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Webcast - Presentations and audio from this meeting also will be broadcast over the Internet through Windows Media. For details, please go to [].

Webcast participants will be able to submit questions on areas of interest during the meeting to be addressed by workshop participants via e-mail at [].


Energy Commission staff are exploring the efficacy of supporting AB 811 type programs with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. These would promote the installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources or energy efficiency improvements that are permanently fixed to real property and are financed through the use of contractual assessments. Included in this discussion will be the costs and benefits of financing such a program, local and state barriers that may exist to implementing AB 811 related programs, and exploring other financing mechanisms that could be quickly implemented to achieve similar energy efficiency project installation and financing as described in AB 811.

Note that the following criteria for setting project priorities and expending ARRA funds will be taken into consideration when discussing AB 811 and/or other related funding mechanisms: 1) effectiveness in stimulating and creating or retaining green jobs in California; 2) achieve lasting and measureable energy benefits consistent with the "Loading Order" priority of energy efficiency systems; 3) expend money efficiently, with accountability and minimal administrative burden; 4) contribute to meeting California's energy policy goals as defined by the Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report, California Air Resources Board's AB 32 Scoping Plan as well as other relevant energy policy documents; and, 5) leverage other federal, state, local and private financing to sustain the economy.


ARRA of 2009 will provide nationally $787 billion in economic investment. The goals of ARRA are to jump start the economy and create jobs for Americans.

The Energy Commission is expected to administer three programs that include: the State Energy Program for approximately $226 million; the Energy Efficiency and Conservation and Block Grant Program for approximately $49.6 million; and the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program estimated at approximately $30 million. In addition, there is more than $37 billion available nationwide that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) will administer through competitive grants and other financing for energy- and climate change-related programs. The Energy Commission will work with other state agencies, utilities, and other public and private entities to identify ways to leverage these funds for California projects.

Please note that future workshops will focus on guidelines, program design and funding criteria for the State Energy Program (SEP), the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, and the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. If you have not yet signed up for the Energy Commission's list server on the recovery program please do so at [].

Written Comments

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's name in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [].

Written comments on the workshop topics may be submitted on the day of or prior to the workshop. Comments on paper should be hand delivered or mailed to:

California Energy Commission
Special Projects Office, MS-23
Re: AB 811 Workshop
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at []. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at []. For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Al Estrada, Energy Commission Supervisor II, at (916) 654-4194 or by e-mail at [].

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