Energy Commission Adopts Targets for Energy Efficiency Savings

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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:51 pm | Updated: 5:27 pm, Wed Nov 15, 2017.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Energy Commission recently adopted targets to achieve the doubling of energy efficiency savings in electric and natural gas uses by 2030 as required by Senate Bill 350.

Senate Bill 350 established new energy efficiency and renewable electricity targets to support California's long-term climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The adopted Senate Bill 350: Doubling Energy Efficiency Savings by 2030 final report proposes subtargets for individual utilities and nonutility energy efficiency programs. The report also outlines recommendations and next steps to meet the doubling targets, which include funding and improving energy efficiency programs, achieving additional energy savings with new or improved measures and technologies, and improving the data collection for efficiency savings.

Much of the untapped energy efficiency potential to meet the targets can be achieved by improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, as well as appliances and other devices used in those buildings, as laid out in the Energy Commission’s Existing Building Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

At the recent business meeting, the Energy Commission also approved two research grants funded by the Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge program. The EPIC program supports innovations and strategies to advance clean energy technologies that help California meet its energy and climate goals.

RCAM Technologies was awarded $1.2 million to develop and test a reinforced concrete 3D printing technology that will be used to manufacture high performance, ultra-tall, low-cost wind turbine towers onsite. This technology could reduce the cost of wind energy in a low-wind speed site by 11 percent.

Lystek International Limited received $1.6 million to build and demonstrate a mobile technology capable of pretreating organic waste to enhance anaerobic digestion at wastewater treatment facilities to increase biogas and energy production.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission

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