For Immediate Release: December 9, 2015
Media Contact: Linda Rapattoni - 916-654-4989


Funding Approved to Accelerate Innovative Energy Savings

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission approved loans and grants today for a variety of energy-saving projects that will reduce utility and operating costs for water reclamation, a school district and a utility district.

The Energy Commission approved more than $5 million in loans to the Lamont Public Utility District located south of Bakersfield, for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a wastewater treatment plant and to the Oroville Union High School District in Butte County for roof- and parking structure PV panels. Both projects are part of the Energy Conservation Assistance Act and will reduce electricity consumption and utility expenses, while promoting renewable energy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The Orange County Water District and the West Basin Municipal Water District in El Segundo will have demonstration projects for a new membrane filtration process that will help reduce energy use and operating costs in water reclamation facilities around the state.

Additionally, the Energy Commission approved a contract with the South Coast Air Quality Management District for new technology to measure tailpipe emissions of natural gas school buses and refuse trucks to help determine how much pollution is eliminated when compared with diesel vehicles. Also approved were:

  • Grants to expand or install equipment to support the fueling of natural gas vehicles in Kern County, Kings Canyon Unified School District and the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitation District in San Rafael.
  • A contract with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards to develop initial standards for the measurement of electricity used to charge electric vehicles at public charging stations.
  • Grants to H2 Frontier, Inc., Air Liquide Industrial US LP, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and FirstElement Fuel, Inc. to cover initial operation and maintenance costs for 17 hydrogen refueling stations.
  • An order terminating an agreement with Mendota Bioenergy, LLC, for a project converting beets to biofuel due to multiple, significant breaches of the agreement terms.
  • Amendments to energy efficiency standards for kitchen faucets, tub spout diverters and showerheads. The standards will require water appliances to consume less water thereby using less energy while performing the same function.

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.