The ETCC Leadership Team includes California’s IOUs, largest municipal utilities, and the California Energy Commission with oversight from the California Public Utilities Commission. To find out more about the individual organizations’ oversight and role in the technology development and adoption process click here.
California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Established by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, seven core responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets California energy policy. These include forecasting future energy needs; promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting energy research that advances science and technology; developing renewable energy resources; advancing alternative and renewable transportation fuels and technologies; certifying thermal powerplants 50 megawatts and larger; and planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.
The Energy Commission's Research and Development program is structured to move solutions from lab to life while protecting clean air and water and creating lower-cost, safer, and more reliable energy, as well as increased choices for consumers. The major areas are energy efficiency and demand response; renewable energy and advanced generation; transportation; research into the environmental aspects of energy; transmission and distribution, smart grid, storage and other infrastructure tools to integrate renewable energy into energy systems; and natural gas pipeline safety. Additionally, market facilitation assistance is provided to address the non technical barriers to the success of emerging energy solutions, such as providing commercialization assistance to entrepreneurs; investing in a trained workforce and helping to overcome regulatory hurdles. Approximately $150 million in research funds is available annually. For information on our programs and upcoming solicitations, please visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/research/
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is the nation’s largest municipal water and power utility delivering water and electricity to 3.8 million people in a cost effective and environmentally responsible manner. LADWP is transforming its water and power supplies, creating a clean and coal free future through the development of renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal, investing in Energy Efficiency, and reducing reliance on more expensive, imported water by expanding local water supplies through efforts in water conservation, water recycling and storm water capture.
Recognizing Energy Efficiency as a key element in the transformation of its power supply, LADWP set a cumulative 10-year energy goal of 15% energy savings between 2010 and 2020 and more than doubled its budget for Efficiency Solutions, the group responsible for Energy Efficiency. LADWP’s programs encompass residential and commercial incentives for retrofits and new construction, direct installations, technical assistance, and incentives for retrocomissioning, industrial process, and refrigeration efficiency measures. LADWP recently formalized its Emerging Technology Program, joined the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council and actively seeks to accelerate the introduction of innovative energy and water efficient technologies, applications and analytical tools not yet widely adopted in California. LADWP’s objective is to encourage their commercialization and adoption throughout Los Angeles. For more information about LADWP, please visit: http://www.ladwp.com
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the US. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.
As a provider of electricity and natural gas to approximately 40 percent of Californians and 1 in 20 Americans, PG&E recognizes that the way it produces and delivers its products and serves its customers has a direct impact on the environment. PG&E understands that environmental excellence is necessary to be a leader in our industry and to the success of our business. A healthy environment is also necessary for the well-being and vitality of our customers, employees, and the communities they serve—as well as society at large. PG&E is taking a lead in various parts of their business, including delivering some of the nation’s cleanest electric power, bringing more renewable energy to their customers, and supporting their customers through a robust array of customer energy solutions that include energy efficiency, demand response, and solar programs and incentives.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
SMUD began serving Sacramento in 1946 and is now the nation’s sixth-largest public electric utility, serving approximately 610,000 business and residential customers and a total population of 1.4 million. Customer satisfaction surveys consistently rank SMUD first in California as well as one of the highest-rated utilities in the nation.
In 2007, the SMUD Board of Directors set the ambitious goal of helping customers reduce their power use by 15 percent over 10 years. In addition to providing customers with rebates and loans on energy-efficient appliances and upgrades, SMUD’s research and development group is known throughout the industry for its innovative work in supporting new energy solutions.
SMUD’s R&D group played a major role in the development of solar and wind applications, and is currently involved with energy storage, electric vehicle fast charging and other emerging technologies.
For more information, please visit: http://www.smud.org
San Diego Gas & Electric
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day.
SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego with 2013 revenues of more than $10.5 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.
SDG&E was founded in 1881 as the San Diego Gas Company to provide gas service to a fledgling city with a population of 3,000. Electric facilities were first acquired in 1887. Enova Corporation, the former holding company of SDG&E, merged with Pacific Enterprises in June 1998 to form Sempra Energy.
Southern California Edison
For over 125 years, Southern California Edison has been committed to providing reliable service throughout central, coastal and southern California.
More than 14 million people rely on SCE for power. SCE provides expert tips, tools, and programs to help Californians conserve and save. From rebates on energy-smart appliances and home upgrades to incentives and smart monitoring tools, SCE makes it easier for households to control their energy usage. California businesses turn to us for programs, services, and education designed to help heighten energy efficiency for bottom-line results. In fact, over the past five years, SCE have helped their customers save up to 6.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough to power nearly a million homes for an entire year.
Southern California Gas Company
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoGalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy, based in San Diego.
California Public Utilities Commission
The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises. Our five Governor-appointed Commissioners, as well as our staff, are dedicated to 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.