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How to Help California Alleviate the Energy Crisis Now !!!

Dear Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Providers:

Below is a unique and vastly important energy efficiency funding
opportunity notice issued by the California Energy Commission on Tuesday,
May 15, 2001. The program offers $250 per average peak kilowatt saved plus
a bonus for projects completed before the end of summer 2001. This is a
great opportunity for us as pollution prevention advocates to use our
network to help the Energy Commission get the word out. Please forward to
everyone you know who may be interested in collaborating with California
energy users to reduce demand via energy efficiency.


More details and applications on this and related peak load reduction
programs at the California Energy Commission may be found at
www.energy.ca.gov/peakload. Please reply to mbaca@energy.state.ca.us to
request future updates on programs of interest to you.


                  Innovative Peak Load Reduction Program

The California Energy Commission announces a new funding opportunity for
the Innovative Element of its Peak Load Reduction Program.  This program
provides funding for a variety of projects that provide peak electricity
demand savings.

How much is available? Approximately $38 million is available. Grants are
available to facility owners or their representatives who have identified
specific peak demand reduction projects in their facilities. The Commission
may also contract with third parties who propose programs that target
certain customer classes or peak saving strategies, recruit participants,
identify projects and implement the projects.  The program will pay up to
$250 per peak kilowatt (kW) saved, plus a bonus for savings delivered in
time to help alleviate this summer’s peak shortage. The minimum project
size is 20 kilowatts of average peak demand reduction. The maximum grant
amount is $4 million.

Who is eligible?  The following electric customers:
·    Commercial
·    Industrial
·    Local governments including cities, counties and special districts
·    Municipal water and wastewater facilities
·    Residential (single or multi-family homes that have been bundled to
reach the 20 kW minimum peak load savings)

The following customers must apply to other programs as indicated:
·    Agriculture customers, such as farms, food processors, dairies, cold
food storage facilities and irrigation districts, should contact the Energy
Commission’s Agriculture Peak Load Reduction Program.  Call (800) 555-7794
for information.
·    State-owned buildings and universities (UC, CSU) should contact the
Department of General Services at (916) 323-8777.
·    Individual residences should inquire with local utilities about energy
conservation incentives.

Eligible Projects:
·    Lighting efficiency retrofits (e.g., T-8s and electronic ballasts,
day-lighting sensors that turn off lights when daylight is present, and
compact fluorescent lamps).
·    Heating, cooling and ventilation system improvements such as
installing more efficient air conditioning units and variable air volume
·    Industrial process improvements such as compressed air system leak
detection and correction, pump efficiency improvements, and motor
·    Programmable controls or energy management systems.
·    Envelope improvements such as duct sealing, weatherization, and
increased insulation.
·    Peak shifting projects such as thermal energy storage and increased
water storage to allow pumping to be shifted to off-peak hours.
·    Waste energy recovery projects such as currently unused waste heat
from an industrial process; electric generation using landfill gas.

How will grants be awarded?  Funds will be awarded on a first come, first
served basis. Projects will be evaluated to ensure that they meet
eligibility requirements. The Commission will reimburse actual project
costs up to $250 per peak kilowatt saved, plus a bonus for early

When is the application deadline?  All applications are due by June 15,
2001 (July 31, 2001 for projects saving 400 kW or less), but grants are
awarded on a first come, first served basis and funding is limited.  The
Commission reserves the right to cancel the solicitation at any time or
reject any or all applications that do not meet the minimum requirements.

How can I get a grant application?  The application is available for
download at www.energy.ca.gov/peakload.  If you would like to receive an
application by regular mail, or program updates via email, please contact:

                    Maria Baca
                    California Energy Commission
                    1516 Ninth Street, MS #25
                    Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

                    Telephone:     800-555-7794 inside California
                             916-323-7319 outside California
                    Fax: 916-654-4304

                    e-mail: peakload@energy.state.ca.us

Or fill out the form below, check the box of the programs for which you
would like more information, and fax this form to Maria Baca at (916)

Peak Load Reduction Response Form
Please send me the application for the following peak load reduction
  Innovative Peak Load Program (described in this notice)
  Demand Responsive Building Systems (a demand curtailment program)
  Cool Savings (reflective building and paving materials that reduce
cooling costs)
  Agriculture Program (farms, food processors and dairies)
  Water/Wastewater Generation Retrofits
  Public Agency 3 percent loans/grants for cities, counties, schools and
special districts

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