Recent findings of a review conducted by the California Energy Commission demonstrate that California continues to lead the nation and the world in energy efficiency standards. The review, presented at a business meeting, compared California’s 2016 building energy efficiency standards to international standards set in 2015. The comparison, which is required of all states by the federal government, found the California standards saved enough electricity to power over 300,000 more homes than the similar international standards.
At the meeting, the Energy Commission also awarded grants for a wide range of projects and technology, including the expansion of the state’s existing hydrogen refueling network, grants to support innovators, and grants to support the development of geothermal energy.
More than $17 million was approved for nine new hydrogen refueling stations that will expand the infrastructure network in California. FirstElement Fuel, Inc. will develop eight hydrogen stations. Five of those will be located in Southern California in Huntington Beach, Irvine, San Diego, Santa Monica, and Sherman Oaks. The remaining three will be in the Bay Area in Campbell, Oakland and Sunnyvale.
Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S., LLC also received funds for a hydrogen refueling station in Santa Nella that will connect the Southern California and the Bay Area stations.
Source: California Energy Commission