California League of Food Processors 21 WHY ARE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS IMPORTANT TO THE FOOD INDUSTRY? LTH: CEC’s programs help industry stay on the cutting edge of technology, reduce energy costs, increase competitive- ness, and meet environmental regulations. Our programs are designed to share the financial risk and disseminate information. The lessons learned by the first adopters gain are shared with others. WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO CALIFORNIA? LTH: These programs help businesses meet the state’s aggressive goals regarding energy efficiency and clean air. Also, I am proud that that we have such rich agricul- tural resources in California and that the CEC has the programs and staff expertise to help industry remain strong and competitive. California leads the nation in energy efficiency and innovation and the CEC, in partner- ship with stakeholders, is doing its part. HOW HAVE THE FPIP ENERGY/GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION EFFORTS BEEN RECEIVED BY THE INDUSTRY? LTH: The FPIP was developed collaboratively with industry and has been well-received. But we need to do more to get the word out to potential participants as many firms may benefit from FPIP and other grant funding programs. HOW CAN FOOD PROCESSORS OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CEC PROGRAMS? LTH: Food processors can learn more about our research programs, Innovation Showcase, and grant projects by consulting our web site, subscribing to list servers and participating in grant workshops. ■ ■ To sign up for the Energy Commission’s list servers: http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/ • Under the Commission General Lists – select “opportunity” to be notified of future funding opportunities. • Under Research and Development Lists – select “epic” and “natural gas” or “food production for general program information”. ■ ■ The FPIP maintains a website and information on all funded projects will be found here: (http://www.energy. ca.gov/research/fpip/documents/) ■ ■ Information on the Energy Commission’s R&D projects can be found on the Energy Innovation Showcase, located at http://innovation.energy.ca.gov. This website provides the public with information about Energy Commission research and development projects. DOES THE CEC PUBLISH DATA/ANALYSIS ABOUT NATURAL GAS SUPPLY AND DEMAND CONDITIONS IN CALIFORNIA? LTH: Yes, the CEC publishes an array of statistics and data regarding both natural gas and electricity. CEC also pub- lishes an annual Natural Gas Almanac, and for policy issues we publish the biennial Integrated Energy Policy Report. Our job is to be the go-to resource for energy information. Since this article was written, CEC announced its first FPIP awards, which included four CLFP members. See the Regulatory Report on page 28 for more information. Commission By LISA JAGER - CLFP Marketing & Communications Director