California Energy Commission Adopts Energy Saving Standards for Spas

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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 6:35 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Energy Commission recently adopted updated energy efficiency standards for portable electric spas that could save consumers $45 million annually.

The standards cover all categories of portable electric spas. They add between $100 to $230 to the initial cost of a unit, but will save consumers much more, totaling hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in electricity bills over the life of the spa.

California is home to more than a million spas and thousands of new ones are sold each year. The Energy Commission estimates that the new standards will produce annual energy savings equivalent to the amount of electricity used in nearly 30,000 homes in a year. The standards take effect June 1, 2019, but dealers will still be able to sell out their current inventory.

The Energy Commission also adopted the Electric Program Investment Charge 2017 Report. The EPIC program supports research that helps the state meet its energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Last year, the program funded 72 new projects totaling more than $134 million.

Research included scenarios to reduce the cost of meeting the state’s climate and environmental goals, developing innovative tools to help customers manage energy consumption, and increasing grid resiliency by transforming it to accept more renewable generation and distributed energy resources.

The EPIC program also awarded the first grants through its California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development initiative, which helps entrepreneurs bring early-stage clean energy concepts to market. More than 70 clean energy companies received awards. About 32 percent of all EPIC funds for technology demonstration and deployment projects were deployed in disadvantaged communities.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission

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