U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visits California

  • On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will travel to San Jose for an announcement on DOE’s first-of-its-kind Renew America’s Nonprofits program, funded by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. On Thursday, October 26, 2023, Secretary Granholm will tour SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park and attend a “first light” celebration of the lab’s upgraded Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s most powerful X-ray laser.

Strengthening California’s Economy

Energy Jobs

  • In 2022, there were already 911,345 California workers employed in the energy sector.
  • Across the state, more than 76% of the electric power generation workforce was in wind, solar, and hydroelectric, and more than 294,000 workers were employed in energy efficiency.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act is expanding these opportunities, bringing an estimated $21.2 billion of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to California between now and 2030.

Clean Energy Investment

  • Currently, California has more than 33 GW of solar, wind, and storage capacity, making it the second largest generator of renewable electricity in the nation. This is in addition to 2.3 GW of nuclear capacity.
  • There is more than 8 GW of additional planned clean energy capacity in the works in the state, enough to power the equivalent of more than 1.5 million additional homes.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act tax credits that encourage investment in wind and solar will help reduce energy costs, as the costs of solar and wind power are projected to drop by 24% and 35%, respectively, more than the next 30 years in California. Residential rooftop solar is projected to get 60% cheaper by 2050. 
  • Since the start of the Biden-Harris Administration, we have tracked more than $150 billion in new battery and EV supply chain investment announcements, including almost $6 billion in California.  
  • In the same period, we have tracked more than $5 billion in new solar manufacturing investment announcements, including 3 facilities in California.

Clean Transportation

  • California has more than 41,000 alternative fuel charging ports already, which is highest of any state by a factor of four. The state will also receive more than $80 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to further build out its electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • California also has the highest total EV sales in the country, with more than 1.1 million EVs registered in the state in 2022. Drivers switching to an electric pickup truck could save more than $1,700 per year in fueling and maintenance costs compared to a gasoline-powered truck. Drivers of smaller cars could save more than $1,200 per year. The Inflation Reduction Act will make it easier and cheaper to purchase an electric vehicle, with upfront discounts up to $7,500 for new EVs and up to $4,000 for used EVs, helping many Americans skip the gas pump and save on fuel costs.

Investing in California

  • Thanks to funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, DOE has made available more than $861 million to California’s state and local governments to invest in energy efficiency and grid resilience. This includes funding to help low-income households access more efficiency appliances, and more than $67 million to help strengthen grid resilience.
  • San Francisco State University, in a partnership with four other minority-serving California institutions, has been selected to serve as the Western Center of Excellence under DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers program, which supports technical assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers.
  • The University of California, San Diego; University of California, Berkeley; and Solarcycle Inc. all received more than $1 million each for projects that will improve the domestic solar supply chain.
  • Element Energy, based in Menlo Park, received more than $7.8 million for an EV battery recycling pilot facility.
  • San Diego-based company Smartville received almost $6 million to develop and demonstrate stationary energy storage with used EV batteries.

Saving Californians Money on Home Energy Bills

  • DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program and State Energy Program have invested more than $57 million in California since 2015, leading to more than 2,000 jobs and more than 6,300 homes with reduced energy costs and improved health and safety.
  • Upgrading appliances and improving home energy efficiency could save a total of more than 14,000 GWh of energy in California.
  • Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, California will receive more than $582 million to implement a Home Energy Rebate program in the state. Low-income households in California could save an average of 26% on their home energy bills when they upgrade their appliances and improve energy efficiency through this program.

Prioritizing California’s Underserved Communities

  • The Biden-Harris Administration has committed to advancing equity for all communities, including through the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to ensure Federal agencies deliver at least 40% of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water, and other investments to disadvantaged communities. DOE has more than 140 programs covered by this initiative.
  • The Trinidad Rancheria Economic Development Corporation is leading a partnership with DOE’s Energy Storage for Social Equity program to develop microgrids to advance the community’s energy independence and improve energy resilience and affordability.
  • In Bakersfield, communities are partnering with DOE through the Communities LEAP program to address energy and economic development challenges by mitigating escalating energy costs in vulnerable parts of the county.
  • The City of San Diego partnered with DOE through the Solar Energy Innovation Network to maximize the potential for solar energy to increase the city’s resilience. These activities informed the development of a broader roadmap for clean energy technology deployment that supported the city’s targets.

For current DOE funding opportunities, visit: www.energy.gov/infrastructure.