State's Energy Policy Update Goes to Governor, Legislature - Report Update now available as an e-publication

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has approved the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, adding recent information to the state's main energy planning document.

Every two years, the California Energy Commission prepares an IEPR that forecasts energy supply and demand and details the most pressing energy issues facing the state. Updated in even-numbered years with recent forecasts and assessments, the report forms the basis for long-range energy policies and planning. Specific agencies - including the California Public Utilities Commission, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates, the California Air Resources Board, the California Independent System Operator, the Department of Water Resources, and the Department of Transportation - are required by statute to "carry out their energy-related duties and responsibilities based upon the information and analyses contained in the report."

"Together the IEPR and its Update insure that state government speaks with one voice when planning California's energy future," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "The 2012 IEPR Update specifically highlights an action plan to support renewable development and help California meet its Renewables Portfolio Standard target of 33 percent renewable electricity by 2020."

In addition to the state's first Renewable Action Plan, the 2012 IEPR Update presents the Energy Commission's recently adopted electricity and natural gas demand forecast for 2012-2022; examines trends in the natural gas market; highlights the potential for increased development of combined heat and power facilities; and assesses the electricity infrastructure needed in Southern California to provide sufficient and reliable power.

"The analyses the IEPR and its Update provide are critical to managing the varied sources of electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuels that support the world's ninth largest economy," said Chair Weisenmiller. "California is adding renewable power sources faster than anticipated, which makes integrating them onto the grid increasingly complex. "California is adding renewable power sources faster than anticipated, which makes integrating them onto the grid increasingly important. The Renewable Action Plan included in this IEPR Update recommends key strategies to help with integration."

The biennial Integrated Energy Policy Report and its Update are mandated by Senate Bill 1389 (Bowen, Chapter 568, Statutes of 2002). The reports examine various aspects of energy supply, demand, distribution, and price and, based on these assessments, provides policy recommendations to ensure system reliability and safety, conserve resources, protect the environment, and contribute to a healthy economy.

This year, in order to meet the growing use of electronic tablets and other mobile media devices, the Energy Commission is offering the 2012 IEPR Update in an EPUB format. EPUB is a free, open e-book standard which is usable on most tablet devices and smartphones. EPUB allows you optimize the report to your particular device, such as an iPad. The Commission will still continue posting the report as a PDF.

The California Energy Commission published an overview of its main accomplishements for 2012. See http://www.energy.ca.gov/releases/2013_releases/2012_Accomplishments.pdf