New Projects, Renewables, Solar, Wind

California regulator ruling may open $1B for clean energy appliances

In a decision released Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to modify its 27-year-old “energy efficiency three prong test” rule regarding “fuel substitution” such as when a electric appliance is substituted for a gas appliance and vice versa.

A new blog by Natural Resources Defense Council senior scientist Merrian Borgeson says the CPUC’s new fuel substitution rules will allow access to funds if an appliance saves energy and reduces air pollution, regardless of the technology. The NRDC says this offers a clear path to roll out new, efficient technologies powered by emissions-free resources such as wind and solar.

“Opening the opportunity to access the billion dollars in annual efficiency funding does not mean that programs will launch tomorrow or that the entirety of these funds will support fuel substitution to cleaner fuels—but it does give new technologies a huge opportunity to compete for funding,” Borgeson writes.

California has a state mandate to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energies by 2045.

Click here read the CPUC decision and here to read Borgeson’s blog on the potential impacts in the future.

— — — — — 

The Wind and Solar Knowledge Hub will be part of the content offered on the exhibition floor at POWERGEN International happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans.