California ARRA Players -- Who's Who in California
PUCThe 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
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
California Energy CommissionAmerican 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
California Department of Community Services and DevelopmentAmerican 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:
US Department of Energy - Weatherization Assistance ProgramPurpose 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:
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