CEC adopts the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report, and approves $3.5M for smart technologies

On Wednesday Feb. 10th, the CEC adopted the final 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR). This report not only provides a 10-year forecast of electricity consumption and peak demand and natural gas demand throughout California, but also provides energy plant and infrastructure updates, and discusses building efficiency, appliance efficiency and decarbonization toward the 40% GHG reduction by 2030 goal. The full report is available here.

In the same meeting, more than $2 million was awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for development of a behavior-learning smart thermostat that operates without broadband technology for easier adoption by senior and low-income residences. $1.5 million was also awarded to UC Berkeley for development of advanced smart-charging software to support the increasing number of electric vehicles. Learn more in the CEC’s release.

For more on Berkeley’s smart-charging technology, take a look at Green Car Congress’s review.

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