California Clean Energy Fund d.b.a CalCEF Ventures


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
California Clean Energy Fund d.b.a CalCEF Ventures
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Using funding the Energy Commission's grant, the project team led by CalCEF Ventures will develop, implement, and manage a voucher program that will enable California distributed energy resource (DER) technology entrepreneurs to have access to testing and certification facilities (test beds) needed to test their energy technologies. DER technologies include, but are not limited to, distributed renewable generation resources, energy efficiency, energy storage, and demand response technologies. The test beds already exist and are in operation. Through testing, entrepreneurs will seek to refine their technology prototypes, meet customer specifications, and accelerate the successful commercialization of DER technologies. The grant will also fund collaboration efforts of organizations and entrepreneurs, and small forums and other meetings. Beneficiaries of the project include electricity ratepayers, because the project should increase the arrant of DER technologies available. For example, project benefits include testing new renewable electricity generation technologies to increase their reliability, which should be positive for grid reliability. Testing new energy efficiency technologies should ultimately lead to reduced demand on the electrical grid.

Contact Information

Benson Gilbert
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Location Specific: Cal CEF Ventures is located at 436 14th Street, Suite 1220 in Oakland. The initial set of 31 test bed facilities are located at the ten University of California campuses, Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Tit. 14, S15306
Reasons for Exemption
The grant will fund technology testing within existing facilities, information gathering and analysis, collaboration efforts of organizations and entrepreneurs, and small forums and other meetings, consisting of the operation of existing public and private facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing. California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15306 exempts basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities that do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The proposed projects testing, data analysis, and related activities will have no significant effect on the environment and fall within the categorical exemption of section 15306.

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