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California Energy Commission Biography

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“Renewable resources are essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reaching AB 32 [Assembly Bill No. 32: California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006] goals. Over the last three decades, the state has built one of the largest and most diverse renewable generation portfolios in the world. Currently, about 11 percent of the state’s electricity is from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass…

So far, however, the RPS [Renewables Portfolio Standards] results have not kept pace with its mandate, due principally to insufficient transmission infrastructure and complex administration…

Even with almost 400 megawatts from new renewable energy facilities added to the system, load growth has matched these additions, and California remains at the same percentage of electricity from renewables as when the law was passed…”

“Integrated Energy Policy Report 2007,”, 2007


“The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Commission responsibilities include:

  • Forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data.
  • Licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger.
  • Promoting energy efficiency by setting the state’s appliance and building efficiency standards and working with local government to enforce those standards.
  • Supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs.
  • Supporting renewable energy by providing market support to existing, new, and emerging renewable technologies; providing incentives for small wind and fuel cell electricity systems; and providing incentives for solar electricity systems in new home construction.
  • Implementing the state’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
  • Planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.”

“About Us,” (accessed Dec. 8, 2008)


“It is the California Energy Commission’s mission to assess, advocate and act through public/private partnerships to improve energy systems that promote a strong economy and a healthy environment.”

“Mission, Vision, and Values of the California Energy Commission,” (accessed Dec. 8, 2008)

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