20 California Food Producer EDITION 2, 2018 SOME FOOD PROCESSORS MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION. WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU HAVE THAT MIGHT DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE INDUSTRY? LTH: The California Energy Commission (CEC) has several programs that would be of interest to food processors. Our newest program is the Food Production Investment Program (FPIP). This program was launched in 2018 and will provide $57 million in grant funds for projects at food processing facilities that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. The program is divided into two tiers, one for commercially available technologies and one for emerging technologies not yet widely adopted in California. CEC will provide a 65 percent cost match for Tier 1 projects and 85 percent match for Tier 2 projects. A wide range of technologies are eligible, including advanced boilers, refrigeration optimization, compressor controls and drying equipment, just to name a few. Funding preference is given to facilities that have annual greenhouse gas emissions greater than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The first round of solicitations for proposals began in June, and the projects selected for funding will be announced in January 2019. The CEC also has two other funding programs designed to promote development and adoption of new energy tech- nologies; the Electricity Program Investment Charge (EPIC) and Natural Gas Research and Development Program. Funding is available for applied research and development, and technology demonstration and deployment. We work hard to bring clean energy ideas to the marketplace. WHERE DOES THE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS LIKE THESE COME FROM? LTH: The California legislature directed funding for FPIP via the California Climate Investments Program, which is funded by the state’s greenhouse gas Cap-and-Trade program. FPIP funding will continue for at least one more year, so there will be more opportunities to participate. The EPIC and Natural Gas programs are funded by ratepayers located in service territories of the investor- owned utilities. So, food processors help pay for these programs and should consider participating. The various energy utilities in California have their own energy efficiency and self-generation incentive funding programs, but they tend to be focused on proven tech- nologies that are widely commercially available. The CEC supports those efforts by funding a wide range of research and by testing technologies. The California Energy LAURIE TEN HOPE is the Deputy Director for Energy Research and Devel- opment at the California Energy Commission. The Commission offers a number of programs that may be of interest to food processors across the state, and in September CLFP staff asked her to provide an overview of their programs.