California Energy Commission

California Energy Commission

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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.
  • Developing and implementing the state Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to reduce the state's petroleum dependency and help attain the state climate change policies.
  • Administering more than $300 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding through the state energy program, the energy efficiency conservation and block grant program; the energy efficiency appliance rebate program and the energy assurance and emergency program.
  • Planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.
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20 May 2020

Large Battery Storage Project for California

Construction is ready to begin on Ventura Energy Storage, a battery project near Oxnard, California that will be among the biggest in the country.
12 Apr 2019

Funding for thin-film solar panels on municipal water tanks

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center selected Picktricity, LLC, to participate in the DeployMass program, a statewide grant program that encourages the introduction of cutting-edge clean energy and water technologies into the municipal marketplace.
19 Feb 2019

Unleashing perovskites' potential for solar cells

Researchers have been able to decipher a key aspect of the behavior of perovskites made with different formulations: With certain additives there is a kind of "sweet spot" where greater amounts will enhance performance and beyond which further amounts begin to degrade it.
1 Jan 2019

California transitioning to all-electric public bus fleet by 2040

The California Air Resources Board approved a first-of-its-kind regulation in the United States that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100 percent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.
14 Nov 2018

Electrifying The Golden State

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14 Nov 2018

Alliance Ventures invests in Enevate

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has announced that it has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion battery technology company based in Irvine, California.
24 Oct 2018

Enevate Secures Funding from LG Chem

Enevate Corporation announced that LG Chem has participated in Enevate's recent funding. This investment is a nod to the viability of Enevate's technology which could enable Electric Vehicles to charge in the same time as gas cars without compromise.
18 Jun 2018

California requires solar systems for new homes

Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission has adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020.
1 May 2018

Hydrogen-fueled vehicle produces magic number for emissions: zero

The design and construction of a clean, hydrogen-powered UPS delivery van is near completion. Promising greater commercial viability, performance that is equal to traditional gasoline-fueled engines and, most importantly, producing no harmful emissions.
28 Jan 2018

Enevate Corporation

Enevate is a US start-up that is about to launch its fast-charging, high energy, silicon-based batteries. The company claims a 750 Wh/L energy density and up to 50% longer runtime than its competitors.
7 Dec 2017

Nano Dimension expands its North American presence

Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that it teamed up with XponentialWorks and is opening a U.S. Customer Experience Center in the Greater Los Angeles area.
15 Nov 2017

Future Electric Vehicle Adoption In California

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14 Nov 2017

Siemens demonstrates first eHighway system in the U.S

Siemens and the "South Coast Air Quality Management District " are running a one-mile, zero-emission eHighway demonstration in the Californian city of Carson.
19 Jul 2017

3 billion dollars in rebates to support electric vehicle adoption

1.5 million electric vehicles will be on California roads by 2025, and 5 million by 2030, with the help of a new rebate program created by legislation announced by Assemblymember Phil Ting.
25 Apr 2017

Potential usage of fuel cell technology in heavy-duty applications

Project Portal - a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles.
21 Apr 2017

Project turns waste heat to electricity

Vast amounts of energy are wasted every year in the form of heat. A new project seeks to efficiently capture that heat and convert it to electricity.
17 Feb 2017

Primus Power Corp

1 Feb 2017

Fuel cell on-road vehicles will never be mainstream

A prediction by analysts IDTechEx is turning out to be true.The window of opportunity is closing for fuel cell on-road vehicles to become mainstream.
30 Nov 2016

Route enabled refuse truck deployed

The first commercial application of a range-extended electric refuse truck.
16 Nov 2016

Storage And The Future Of Energy In California

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