Governmental Agencies

The State of California has a variety of agencies and commissions that influence energy and environmental policies and regulations.


Environment regulators:

CalEPA:  Cal/EPA Home Page

The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) is charged with developing, implementing and enforcing the state's environmental protection laws that ensure clean air, clean water, clean soil, safe pesticides and waste recycling and reduction.

See: www.calepa.ca.gov

CARB

The California Air Resources Board is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, an organization which reports directly to the Governor's Office in the Executive Branch of California State Government. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.

See:  www.arb.ca.gov


In addition, California has many air pollution control districts.  These agencies develop and implement specific air pollution control programs that can advance or hobble green-energy technologies.  Below we list the major air pollution control districts.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the public agency entrusted with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma counties. 

See: www.baaqmd.gov

The San Diego area

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District strives to protect the public from the harmful effects of air pollution, achieve and maintain air quality standards, foster community involvement and develop and implement cost-effective programs meeting state and federal mandates, considering environmental and economic impacts.

See: www.sdapcd.org

The San Joaquin Valley:

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is made up of eight counties in California’s Central Valley: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin portion of Kern.

See:  www.valleyair.org
 

The South Coast (Los Angeles area):

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the smoggiest region of the U.S.

See: www.aqmd.gov

 

Energy regulators:

California Public Utilities Commission

The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies.  The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy.  We regulate utility services, stimulate innovation, and promote competitive markets, where possible.  On this website you'll find information about the many initiatives underway at the CPUC.

See:   www.cpuc.ca.gov

The Californian Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Commission responsibilities include forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data;  licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; Promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards and working with local government to enforce those standards; and supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs.

See:   www.energy.ca.gov