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November 29, 2001 PUC: 132 Docket #: R.01-08-028

Media Contact: PUC Press Office - 415.703.1366 - news@cpuc.ca.gov

PUC ADOPTS NEW RULES ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM GOALS AND CRITERIA

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today established new energy efficiency policy rules and set forth the evaluation criteria the PUC will use in awarding energy efficiency funding for 2002-2003. The new rules advance the Commission's goals for energy efficiency in California in a number of ways:

The decision adopted today recommends that the Commission choose proposals based mainly on the following criteria:

Unlike prior years' energy efficiency funding, non-utility parties - local governments, community-based and non-governmental organizations, and for-profit energy service providers, for example - will be allowed to make proposals directly to the Commission for a portion of the funding. Some programs will be funded for the two-year period 2002-2003. Statewide programs will be funded at $160 million and local programs will be funded at $75 million; third parties will be eligible for approximately 65 percent of the local program funding. The goal is for California to have a balanced portfolio of programs in all sectors, with particular emphasis on residential and small businesses.

Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building

455 Golden Gate Ave.

Hearing Room 9

San Francisco, CA 94102

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