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California ARRA Players -- Who's Who in California

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PUC

The California Public Utilities Commission regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. On this website you'll find information about the many initiatives underway at the CPUC.

The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises. CPUC's five Governor-appointed Commissioners, as well as staff, are tasked with ensuring that consumers have safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates, protecting against fraud, and promoting the health of California's economy.

The CPUC plays a key role in making California a national and international leader on a number of clean energy related initiatives and policies designed to benefit consumers, the environment, and the economy. The CPUC is also at the forefront of communications issues and has developed a Consumer Protection Initiative to empower consumers and prevent fraud in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry.

Sarita Sarvate is Supervisor of the Energy Low Income Programs (California LIEE Program) for single family, multi-family, non-profit group living home customers.

Components of the LIEE Program

  • Weatherization Measures, Energy Efficiency Measures, Minor Home Repairs, Energy Education
  • Installing measures helps customers reduce energy consumption, resulting bill savings for LIEE participants
California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan: "By 2020, 100 percent of eligible and willing customers have received all cost-effective Low Income Energy Efficiency measures."

California IOUs (Independently Owned Utilities)

CPUC Decision 08-11-031 stated: "The IOUs shall, as of their leveraging strategies, immediately begin the of trying to close data gaps that hamper LIHEAP-LIEE leveraging. We expect to see significant progress goal of 100% LIHEAP and LIEE leverage and coordination in the IOUS annual reports."

CSD will facilitate leveraging through: PG&E, SCE, SoCalGas, SDG&E.

Contact Sarita Sarvate
sbs@cpuc.ca.gov
www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Low+Income

California Energy Commission

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act - ARRA: CEC is expected receive $56 million in Block Grant funding and $226 million in formula based funding.

Types of activities allowed under State Energy Program

  • Implementing building, industrial and transportation energy efficiency programs
  • Expanding distributed generation, renewable energy and public education programs
  • Conducting any activity to improve energy efficiency, increase use of renewable energy or increase energy efficiency and economic development.
The Federal Energy Stimulus Team (FEST)is California's State agency team to coordinate response to ARRA energy opportunities:
  • Governor’s Office (lead)
  • Energy Commission
  • Department of Community Services and Development
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Air Resources Board
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Natural Resources Agency
  • Housing and Community Development Department
For more information about the Recovery plan, visit the California Energy Recovery Website.

CONTACT:
Pat Perez, Assistant Director
Economic Stimulus Program
California Energy Commission

California Department of Community Services and Development

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act - ARRA: Community Services and Development Department will receive about $186 million for Low Income Home Weatherization

Jason Wimbley, Division Chief, Energy & Environmental Services Division reports that CSD has administered the LIHEAP Block Grant (Low Income Housing Energy xxxx) since 1975.

Purpose of the LIHEAP Program is to provide: Direct payment to help offset the cost of heating or; Assistance in crisis situations; and Weatherization services (limited to 25% of the block)

CSD and the Recovery Act Contacts:
Recovery@csd.ca.gov
www.csd.ca.gov

US Department of Energy - Weatherization Assistance Program

Purpose of the DOE WAP is to: Increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or by low-income Californians; Reduce total energy expenditure; and Improve health and safety. DOE has provided technical guidance & specifications that is audit driven.

LIHEAP and DOE Income Eligibility is based on 75% of State Median Income.

CSD/CPUC MOU; Federal Energy Stimulus Team (FEST); and State Energy Plan (SEP)

Weatherization centerpiece of economic recovery and national energy strategies has high expectations:

  • Job development
  • Elevated transparency & accountability
  • Aggressive performance goals
  • Emphasis on quality of services
  • Increased outcome measurements
  • Building of partnerships



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