California Energy Commission Recognizes Leadership of State in Energy, Climate Policy
August 20, 2018 -- The California Energy Commission voted recently (8/1) to approve the first in a two-part report to the Governor and Legislature assessing major energy trends and issues facing the state's electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors.
Volume I of the 2018 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update summarizes California's global leadership in climate policy, showing how the state's comprehensive efforts are helping to reduce the impacts of climate change, promote energy resiliency, improve public health, and support disadvantaged and low-income communities, while fostering job development and a thriving economy.
The report highlights key state policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including California's work at the forefront of energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances. In May, the Energy Commission adopted the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards requiring new homes in California to include enough rooftop solar energy generation to meet the home's annual electricity consumption. The standards, which are the first in the nation to require solar, are scheduled to go before the California Building Standards Commission for adoption in late 2018.
Also featured is California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) - one of the most ambitious energy policies in the nation. The RPS sets increasingly progressive renewable energy procurement goals. With 32 percent of electricity sales in California from renewable energy sources, the state has exceeded the 20 percent by 2017 goal. California is well on its way to meeting the 30 percent by 2020 and the 50 percent by 2030 targets.
The report also describes the state's leadership in the transition to zero-emission transportation, including the work of the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced clean transportation and fuel technology.
The program plays a key role in deploying the charging and refueling infrastructure needed to reach the state's goals for adopting zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). This year, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed an executive order calling for at least five million ZEVs on California roads by 2030, as well as a significant increase in the charging and refueling infrastructure to power these vehicles.
Volume II of the IEPR report, scheduled for adoption in February 2019, will provide more detail on several key energy issues and will encompass new analyses, as well as significant opportunities for public participation.
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