Report 2014-124 All Recommendation 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 #1 To: Public Utilities Commission

To make certain that the research program contributes to the goals of the solar initiative, the commission should conduct a program evaluation before the remaining grant projects are completed.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From November 2017

Fully implemented and complete. The RD&D program evaluation was complete. The final report is linked on the RD&D website, under CSI RD&D Program-Program Evaluation, here: http://calsolarresearch.ca.gov/ .

  • Completion Date: October 2017

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


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2016

Partially implemented. The program evaluation is currently being conducted by Evergreen Economics was hired to conduct.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/30/2016

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


1-Year Agency Response

We have made progress on this recommendation since our 6-month response in August. Energy Division staff has released an RFP, reviewed bids and held interviews, and chose a contractor to be the CSI RD&D Program Evaluator. That contract was executed in January 2016 and work is beginning in February 2016. The evaluation conducted by Evergreen Economics will focus on comprehensive impacts and outcomes of the program. The final report is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, with the evaluation contract ending December 31, 2016.

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

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

Energy Division staff has taken steps to implement this recommendation since the audit. As required by CPUC Decision 07-09-042 which called for a program evaluation of the RD&D program, Energy Division staff worked with the RD&D program administrator and utilities to draft a scope of work for the RFP to solicit a consultant to conduct the RD&D program evaluation. Then, staff circulated the draft RFP to stakeholders for their comments (due 8/12/15). Energy Division will consider any comments, revise the RFP as necessary, and direct one of the IOUs to issue the final RFP within 90 days.

I have sent the draft RFP to Amber Ronan.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Q4 2016
  • Response Date: August 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

The Energy Division has taken steps to implement this recommendation, but it is not yet fully implemented. In early March 2015, we assigned an analyst to draft and issue an RFP to solicit bids to perform the program evaluation. The analyst has also completed an initial call with the program administrator who is responsible for assisting the Energy Division in drafting the RFP for a program evaluator. We are aiming to issue the RFP in Summer 2015.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Q1 2016
  • Response Date: March 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented


Recommendation for Legislative Action

Because the thermal program has not been successful in meeting the goals outlined in state law, the Legislature should consider whether it wants to continue authorizing the collection of ratepayers' money to fund the program.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: January 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


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.


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To learn whether the decal program helps to reduce the State's air pollution, the Legislature should require the Air Resources Board to research whether there is a relationship between decal usage and a change in the State's air quality.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: January 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation #5 To: Motor Vehicles, Department of

To ensure that the decal fee is sufficient to reimburse program costs, Motor Vehicles should periodically perform a full cost analysis of the decal program and update the fee accordingly

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From January 2017

Regulations to amend the Clean Air Vehicle Decal fee from $8 to $22 were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on May 9, 2016 and were effective on July 1, 2016. DMV considers this recommendation fully implemented.

  • Completion Date: July 2016

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


1-Year Agency Response

DMV's cost analysis is complete and new rules have been developed to increase the fee to reflect our costs. Subsequently, a regulatory proposal increasing the Clean Air Vehicle Decals fee to $22 was published on January 21, 2016. The public comment period concludes on March 7, 2016. DMV hopes to see the regulations effective July 1, 2016.

  • Estimated Completion Date: July 1, 2016
  • Response Date: February 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

DMV completed the cost analysis and is in the process of completing regulations to update the fee.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 08/10/2016
  • Response Date: August 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

DMV is currently reviewing information as part of the decal cost analysis.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 08/10/2015
  • Response Date: April 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented


All Recommendations in 2014-124

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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