- California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is
California’s primary energy policyand planning agency. Created in 1974 and headquartered in Sacramento, the Commission has responsibility for activities that include forecasting future energy needs, promoting energy efficiencythrough appliance and building standards, and supporting renewable energytechnologies.
Al Alquist, a Californian politicianco-authored the 1974 Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act that created the Commission. [ [http://www.energy.ca.gov/2005publications/CEC-140-2005-001/CEC-140-2005-001-ED2.PDF Full text of the Warren-Alquist Act] ]
Arthur H Rosenfeldhas been a Commissioner of the energy agency since 2000.
On 17 January 2001 a state of emergency declared during the
California electricity crisisallowed the state to buy electricity for the financially strapped utility companies. The emergency authority allowed Davis to order the California Energy Commission to streamline the application process for new power plants
On 21 August 2006, the Governor signed
Senate Bill( SB 1) which directs the CPUCand the CEC to implement the CSI program consistent with specific requirements and budget limits set forth in the legislation.
In 2007 the Commission set up relatively strict laws which forbid the signing of energy supply contracts between utilities and
coal-fired power plants. This was a major initiative to greenhouse gasemissions by 2020. [ [http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-coal24may24,1,2572315.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true State acts to limit use of coal power] . May 24, 2007. Retrieved on 27 May 2007.]
Appliance Efficiency Program.
California Fuel Cell Partnership.
California Solar Initiative.
PHEV Research Center.
California Air Resources Board
California Public Utilities Commission
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