Cost-Effective Technologies and Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Emissions of Direct Heating Equipment in CA with Health Benefits-REV. #2


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Cost-Effective Technologies and Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Emissions of Direct Heating Equipment in CA with Health Benefits-REV. #2
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is to develop cost-effective strategies to reduce natural gas use, environmental impacts, and safety and health risks of direct heating equipment (DHE) in California These strategies will be based on market assessment of this equipment in the state, laboratory and field evaluations, as well as policy and program modeling and analysis This project is to test DHE in the laboratory, and in the field at twelve household test sites by replacing existing equipment. This project will result in no new construction and consists only of basic data collection, research and experimental management activities which will result in no disturbance to an environmental resource. (CEC Grant PIR-18-006)

Contact Information

Jackson Thach
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Mechanical Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Arcata, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Fresno, Hayward, Murrieta, Napa, Oakland, Petaluma, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Stockton
Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Humboldt, Napa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Sonoma
Other Location Info
Zip Codes: 94720 94720 94530 94544 92562 94947 94607 94606 94952 95811 94110 94112 94103 94580 92117 95206 92562 95818 93726 94558 95521

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301 ; Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., Title 14 Section 15301 provides a CEQA exemption for existing facilities. The project involves minor alteration of existing facilities and mechanical equipment. New higher efficiency DHE will be installed in the lab and existing homes, replacing older DHE. The project will not involve expansion of the existing use and will not have significant effect on the environment. Cal. Code Regs., Title 14 Section 15306 provides a CEQA exemption for information collection. The project will involve basic data collection and research. DHE will be tested in the lab and in existing homes to complete a policy & program modeling and analysis. The research includes basic data collection with no serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource under class 6, since the work includes testing in a lab facility. The project is strictly for information gathering purposes. The Energy Commission made CEQA findings pertaining to this project, including finding that it was categorically exempt under Title 14 CCR 15301 and 15306 when grant agreement PIR-18-006 for this project was originally approved by the Commission on June 12, 2019. This 2nd revised NOE is to add three new sites for this project (2811 E Dakota Ave, Fresno, 4150 Browns Valley Rd, Napa, and 2204 Jay St #A, Humboldt). These changes will not result in any environmental impacts beyond those already considered by the Commission and do not change the applicability of the categorical exemption under 14 CCR 15301 and 15306. Therefore, both CEQA categorical exemption can independently exempt all activities for this project. This amended Notice of Exemption provides documentation of the test site changes and the CEC's CEQA analysis.


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