The vision of a clean energy future requires achievement in many key areas. Each of the 16 metrics shown below provides an understanding of the goals and progress being made in each integral part of this comprehensive effort (see greater detail by clicking on the thumbnail for each metric).  These interdependent activities can be tracked from several perspectives and in relation to established milestones. Click here for a PDF document containing all 16 of the metric reports.

Greenhouse Gas

The 2020 forecast of greenhouse gas emissions is important for tracking California’s progress towards the goal of reducing statewide emissions.

Renewable Energy

Investor Owned Utility and Publicly Owned Utility contracts could meet 33 percent renewable energy by 2020. Some projects may not be viable.

Demand Response

Demand Response supports efficient use of the grid by reducing or shifting energy consumption. This decreases costs and lessens impact on the environment.

Energy Efficiency

Statewide savings from energy efficiency programs, codes and standards, and price and market effects are expected to increase through 2020.

Distributed Generation

Current programs, if fully subscribed, could achieve nearly 9,000 MW. After that, an annual growth rate of about 7.5% would be needed between 2016 and 2020.

Resource Flexibility

The Resource Flexibility Metric shows needed generating capabilities beyond simple energy requirements, especially considering the OTC resources being phased out.

Energy Efficiency

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program will play a critical role in meeting California’s air quality and greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2020.

Transmission Expansion

The ISO has identified and approved the transmission projects that provide sufficient capacity to enable the state to achieve the 33 percent renewables target by 2020.

Once Through Cooling Phase Out

Generators must eliminate or mitigate use of coastal or estuarine waters for once-through cooling (OTC) on a schedule established by State Water Control Resources Board.

Energy from Coal

By 2020, electricity used in California from coal and petroleum coke is expected to decline 60 percent from 2010.

Installed Capacity

Power plants fueled by natural gas provide the largest portion of California’s installed capacity.

Reserve Margin

Current reserve margins substantially exceed the planning threshold of 15-17 percent established by the CPUC.

System Average Rate

The system average rate is important in comparing the overall costs to consumers for electricity over time.

Statewide Energy Demand

Electricity consumption grew at a rate of about 1.5 percent from 1990 to 2000, 1 percent from 2000 to 2008, and decreased about 1 percent from 2008 to 2009.

Private Investment

In Governor Jerry Brown’s Clean Energy Jobs Plan, investments in renewable energy are central elements in rebuilding California’s economy.

Expected Jobs

Investments in demand-side energy programs, renewable electricity projects and transmission infrastructure may have the potential to create up to 771,000 jobs-years.


Last updated 04/11/2012

Collaborating Organizations:
Office of the Governor California Public Utilities Commission California Energy Commission Air Resources BoardCalifornia ISO
California Environmental Protection Agency