The California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission

Sierra Energy received a $5 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in the summer of 2012. The CEC is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy:

  • Forecasting future energy needs;
  • Promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state’s appliance and building efficiency standards;
  • Supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development and demonstration programs;
  • Developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation;
  • Licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger;
  • Planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

You can learn more about the California Energy Commission’s activities and accomplishments here.

Berry Metal CompanyBerry Metal Company

Berry Metal Company is recognized as the world’s leading technology-based designer and manufacturer of injection lances for the steelmaking industry. Over its nearly 50 years in business, Berry Metal Company has earned a reputation not only for quality products but also for its technical services and repair capability. Berry Metal is creating and developing the conditions for players in the steel industry to identify and implement changes that benefit them immediately. Berry Metal Company is taking the lead in establishing partnerships with technological innovators around the world, with the goal of delivering tomorrow’s technology for companies to use today.

United States Department of DefenseUnited States Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) occupies over 545,000 facilities worth $600 billion comprising more than 536 installations on 29.8 million acres across the globe and spent over $3.4 billion on facility energy consumption in FY 2007. DoD is the largest single energy consumer in the Nation representing approximately 78% of the federal sector, and a significant (and sometimes the largest) energy user in many local metropolitan areas. In accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and Executive Order 13123, the Department of Defense is seeking to significantly improve its energy management in order to save taxpayer dollars, reduce emissions that contribute to air pollution and global climate change, and enhance national security. Conserving energy and investing in energy reduction measures makes good business sense and allows limited resources to be applied to readiness and modernization. The Department has already reduced its facility energy consumption significantly; by FY 2005 the Department achieved a reduction in energy consumption by 28.3 percent as compared to a FY 1985 baseline. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the baseline to FY 2003. DoD achieved a 10.1% reduction in goal facilities energy intensity for FY 2007. Despite this success, the Department must make greater strides in energy efficiency and consumption reduction in order to meet the Departmental vision of providing reliable and cost effective utility services to the warfighter. Dramatic fluctuations in the cost of energy significantly impact already constrained operating budgets, providing even greater incentives to conserve and seek ways to lower energy consumption. These include investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources, energy efficient construction designs, and aggregating bargaining power among regions and Services to get better energy deals.

Environmental EntrepreneursEnvironmental Entrepreneurs

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. E2 is the independent business voice for the environment.

We provide a non-partisan resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. Working with our public and private partners, E2 shapes state and national policy that’s good for the economy and for the environment.

Shanghai-Baosteel Group CorporationShanghai-Baosteel Group Corporation

Baosteel Group Corporation is the most competitive steel complex in China. In 2008, Baosteel registered a sales revenue of RMB 246.839 billion yuan, a total profit of RMB 23.813 billion yuan, a total assets of RMB 352.497 billion yuan and a net assets of RMB 219.435 billion yuan; the total employees of Baosteel are 108914 people; Baosteel has been enrolled in Global 500 for > 6 years consecutively and ranked 220th this year. The main steel business of Baosteel focuses on the production of hi-tech and high value-added premium steel, with an annual production capacity around 30 million tons. Baosteel’s steel industry covers three major categories: carbon steel, stainless steel and specially-alloyed steel, which are widely applied in the sectors of automobile, home appliance, petrochemical, machinery manufacture, energy & transportation, building & decoration, metal products, aviation and aerospace, nuclear power and electronic instruments, etc. While maintaining its dominance in domestic flat product market, Baosteel’s products are also exported to over 40 countries and regions including Japan, South Korea, Europe and America. Baosteel underlines environmental protection, implements clean production, develops circular economy and pursues sustainable development. It is the first enterprise to pass ISO-14001 environmental certification in Chinese metallurgical sector and also the first enterprise to get the title of “National environment-friendly enterprise” in Chinese metallurgical sector and Shanghai Municipality. In 2004 Baosteel became one of the first three Chinese enterprises to join “Global Compact”. In 2006 Baosteel joined World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), becoming the second enterprise in China to join WBCSD, and is also the first batch of WBCSD members in global steel industry.

California Product Stewardship CouncilCalifornia Product Stewardship Council

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) is a powerful network of local governments, non-government organizations, businesses, and individuals>supporting policies and projects where producers share in the responsibility for managing problem products at end of life.

National Stewardship Action CouncilNational Stewardship Action Council

The National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC) is a powerful network of governments, non-government organizations, businesses, and individuals advocating for policies and projects where producers share in the responsibility for funding and managing problem products at end of life.

NSAC supports Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to conserve resources, reduce costs to local governments, create jobs in remanufacturing, and provide a circular economy. NSAC’s goal is to align public and private sectors through information and partnerships to implement and ensure sustainable recovery systems where producers have an appropriate level of sharing in the responsibility for those systems.