Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this map?

The purpose of this map is to better inform public officials and the public about where funds from California’s climate and energy programs are being spent.

How current is the data?

In all cases we have tried to capture the most recent data available. The period covered varies by program and is indicated in parentheses after each program title. Nearly all programs are providing data through the most recent year, and in some cases the data has been updated more recently.

Will you add more programs?

Yes. While this site includes data on many of California’s largest climate and clean-energy programs, it does not include all of them. We will continue to add other programs as funding awards are made, particularly proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program (Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund). Click on Coming Soon to see a list of programs that we expect to add.

Will you add information about other program benefits?

Yes. This early version of the website primarily tracks investment dollars. Where available, it includes data about the energy savings, cost savings and GHG emission reductions expected to result from these investments. As more information becomes available about other benefits, including jobs created, we will include it.

Will you add other geographic layers to the map?

Yes, we intend to add additional map layers to allow users to view this data by other geographic constructs, including cities, counties, census tracts, SB 535 disadvantaged communities, air districts and others.

Why do some areas, such as parts of Los Angeles, show lower levels of clean energy investments?

Most of the clean-energy programs represented on this map are incentive programs for customers of California’s three investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. These programs are administered by the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.

State agencies do not regulate municipal or publicly owned utilities, such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. While these utilities have comparable programs to promote clean energy, those programs are not yet represented on this map but we intend to include them in later versions.

Why do some programs show up in the summary section below the map but not in the map itself?

The map shows the locations of individual grants when the recipients are businesses, schools, farms, natural resource areas, transportation systems and other publicly recognized entities. But some programs operate by offering incentives directly to consumers, and this information is not represented with specific locations on the map.

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, for example, gives rebates on the purchase of new clean vehicles. The California Climate Credit is a credit that appears on the bills of utility customers. These investments are aggregated at the legislative district level and summarized in the section below the map but not represented on the map itself.