Report 2014-124 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report 2014-124: California's Alternative Energy and Efficiency Initiatives: Two Programs Are Meeting Some Goals, but Several Improvements Are Needed (Release Date: February 2015)

Recommendation #3 To: Public Utilities Commission

To show how air pollution emissions reductions related to the solar initiative benefit the State, the commission should include in future reports the measurable benefits of those reductions.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From November 2017

Partially implemented. Because of the CPUC's contracts office understaffing issue, there has been a significant delay in issuing RFPs. To expedite the RFP process, we have decided to have an IOU issue the RFP instead. PG&E is now in charge of issuing the RFP, and they expect to issue it by the end of the year or early 2018.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2016

Partially implemented. Energy Division staff is currently completing the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the final solar initiative Impact Evaluation, which will include this item in its scope of work. Staff's next step is to submit the RFP to the CPUC's contract office to issue.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 7/1/2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented


1-Year Agency Response

This recommendation requires that we scope into a future solar initiative evaluation report an analysis of air pollution emission reduction benefits of the program. Currently, we expect to conduct the next and final program evaluation in 2017, after the solar initiative program ends. We have taken no action on this recommendation since the audit.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Q4 2017
  • Response Date: February 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: No Action Taken

The response from the Public Utilities Commission indicates that an evaluation will not take place until 2017. Therefore, no action has been taken at this time.


6-Month Agency Response

This recommendation requires that we scope into a future solar initiative evaluation report an analysis of air pollution emission reduction benefits of the program. Currently, we expect to conduct the next and final program evaluation in 2017, after the solar initiative program ends. We have taken no action on this recommendation since the audit.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Q4 2017
  • Response Date: August 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: No Action Taken

The response from the Public Utilities Commission indicates that an evaluation will not take place until 2017. Therefore, no action has been taken at this time.


60-Day Agency Response

This recommendation requires that we scope into a future solar initiative evaluation report an analysis of air pollution emission reduction benefits of the program. Currently, we expect to conduct the next and final program evaluation in 2017, after the solar initiative program ends.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Q4 2017
  • Response Date: March 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken

The response from the Public Utilities Commission indicates that an evaluation will not take place until 2017. Therefore, no action has been taken at this time.


All Recommendations in 2014-124

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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