Current as of: 2010
The commission shall develop and coordinate a program of
research and development in energy supply, consumption, and
conservation and the technology of siting facilities and shall give
priority to those forms of research and development which are of
particular importance to the state, including, but not limited to,
all of the following:
(a) Methods of energy conservation specified in Chapter 5
(commencing with Section 25400).
(b) Increased energy use efficiencies of existing thermal electric
and hydroelectric powerplants and increased energy efficiencies in
designs of thermal electric and hydroelectric powerplants.
(c) Expansion and accelerated development of alternative sources
of energy, including geothermal and solar resources, including, but
not limited to, participation in large-scale demonstrations of
alternative energy systems sited in California in cooperation with
federal agencies, regional compacts, other state governments, and
other participants. For purposes of this subdivision, "participation"
shall be defined as any of the following: (1) direct interest in a
project, (2) research and development to insure acceptable resolution
of environment and other impacts of alternative energy systems, (3)
research and development to improve siting and permitting methodology
for alternative energy systems, (4) experiments utilizing the
alternative energy systems, and (5) research and development of
appropriate methods to insure the widespread utilization of
economically useful alternative energy systems. Large-scale
demonstrations of alternative energy systems are exemplified by the
100KWe to 100MWe range demonstrations of solar, wind, and geothermal
systems contemplated by federal agencies, regional compacts, other
state governments, and other participants.
(d) Improved methods of construction, design, and operation of
facilities to protect against seismic hazards.
(e) Improved methods of energy-demand forecasting.
(f) To accomplish the purposes of subdivision (c), an amount not
more than one-half of the total state funds appropriated for the
solar energy research and development program as proposed in the
budget prepared pursuant to Section 25604 shall be allocated for
large-scale demonstration of alternative energy systems.
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