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California Energy Commission

CEC is charged with leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future

By Chris Micheli, July 31, 2020 7:01 am

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is charged with leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. As the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, the CEC is committed to reducing energy costs and environmental impacts of energy use while ensuring a safe, resilient, and reliable supply of energy.

The Warren-Alquist Act established the California Energy Commission in 1974 to respond to the energy crisis of the early 1970s and the state’s unsustainable growing demand for energy resources. The CEC is established in state government pursuant to Public Resources Code Division 15, Chapter 1.

According to Section 25006, “It is the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to establish and consolidate the state’s responsibility for energy resources, for encouraging, developing, and coordinating research and development into energy supply and demand problems, and for regulating electrical generating and related transmission facilities.”

The CEC is comprised of multiple divisions that run the day-to-day operations of the Commission. These include the following: Efficiency Division develops regulations, policies, and programs to help the state meet its clean energy goals; Energy Assessment Division forecasts and assesses energy demands and supplies; Fuels and Transportation Division administers the Clean Transportation Program; Office of Compliance Assistance and Enforcement leads the CEC’s efforts to ensure conservation requirements are met; Public Advisor’s Office provides information on how to participate in business meetings, workshops, and formal proceedings; Renewable Energy Division develops and administers the state’s renewable energy programs; Siting, Transmission and Environmental Division maintains a staff of experts in more than 20 engineering and environmental disciplines.

The following are the provisions of the Public Resources Code related to the CEC:

CHAPTER 1. Title and General Provisions

25000-25009

CHAPTER 2. Definitions

25100-25142

CHAPTER 3. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission

25200-25231

CHAPTER 4. Integrated Energy Policy Reporting

25300-25327

CHAPTER 4.3. Designation of Transmission Corridors

25330-25341

CHAPTER 4.5. Petroleum Supply and Pricing

25350-25366

CHAPTER 5. Energy Resources Conservation

25400-25405.6

CHAPTER 5.1. Solar and Photovoltaic Systems

25406

CHAPTER 5.2. Energy Conservation Assistance

25410-25422

CHAPTER 5.3. Energy Conservation Act of 2001

25425-25436

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions

25425-25426

ARTICLE 2. Loans and Grants for Construction and Retrofit Projects

25433-25434.5

ARTICLE 3. Small Business Energy Efficient Refrigeration Loan Program

25435-25436

CHAPTER 5.5. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

25450-25450.5

CHAPTER 5.6. Federal Funding of Energy-Related Projects and State Energy Programs

25460-25464

CHAPTER 5.7. Energy Efficient State Property Revolving Fund and Energy Efficiency Retrofit State Revolving Fund

25470-25474.5

CHAPTER 5.8. Energy Conservation in Transportation

25480-25486

CHAPTER 5.9. Energy Systems

25487-25498

ARTICLE 1. Definitions

25487-25498

CHAPTER 6. Power Facility and Site Certification

25500-25543

CHAPTER 6.5. Natural Gas Rating and Tracking

25550-25555

ARTICLE 1. Definitions

25550

ARTICLE 2. Natural Gas Tracking System

25555

CHAPTER 7. Research and Development

25600-25619

CHAPTER 7.1. Public Interest Energy Research, Demonstration, and Development Program

25620-25620.15

CHAPTER 7.3. Small Business Energy Technology Loan Program

25630

CHAPTER 7.5. Agricultural Industry Energy Program

25650

CHAPTER 7.7. Clean Fuels Act

25678-25679

CHAPTER 7.9. Energy Technology and Energy Conservation

25695-25697

CHAPTER 8. Energy Shortage Contingency Planning

25700-25705

CHAPTER 8.1. Electric Program Investment Charge Fund

25710-25712

CHAPTER 8.2. Strategic Fuel Reserve

25720-25721

CHAPTER 8.3. State Vehicle Fleet

25722-25724

CHAPTER 8.4. Local Vehicle Fleet

25725-25726

CHAPTER 8.6. Renewable Energy Resources Program

25740-25751

CHAPTER 8.7. Replacement Tire Efficiency Program

25770-25773

CHAPTER 8.8. California Solar Initiative

25780-25784

CHAPTER 9. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Accounts

25801-25806

CHAPTER 10. Enforcement and Judicial Review

25900-25903

CHAPTER 10.5. Insulation Material Standards

25910-25912

CHAPTER 10.8. Home Energy and Labeling Program

25942-25943

CHAPTER 11. Gas Appliances

25950-25968

ARTICLE 1. Definitions

25950-25953

ARTICLE 2. General Provisions

25960-25968

CHAPTER 12. Solar Shade Control

25980-25986

CHAPTER 13. Energy Management Plans for Harbor and Port Districts

25990

The CEC has more than two dozen funding programs, including the following:

Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider Program (ATTCP), which ensures that lighting control and mechanical contractors comply with the Energy Standards in nonresidential buildings.

Appliance Efficiency Program

Bright Schools Program, which provides a wide range of technical assistance for California K-12 public school districts.

Building Energy Benchmarking Program, which requires reporting building characteristics and energy use data, known as benchmarking, is required for certain types of commercial and multifamily buildings.

Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which intends to transform California’s buildings through standards for newly constructed buildings and alterations and additions to existing buildings.

Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program, which is building decarbonization program.

Prop. 39 which provides more than a billion dollars to California’s K-12 schools for efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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3 thoughts on “California Energy Commission

  1. Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffett to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. This Governor is a moron.

  2. Pretending to care for the fish is nothing more than an excuse to destroy the dams, which serves a larger agenda.

  3. The second sentence of the first paragraph shows how far gone this state is. If their mandate is cheap and reliable energy then they get an F. The real goals are a fragile and limited power generating system that is used to control the behavior of the people and if that is not enough, sky high energy costs keep people in energy poverty all in the service of their vengeful god, gaia.

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