The California Energy Commission adopted the 2010 update to its Integrated Energy Policy Report, which focuses on the agency\u2019s distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding. This \u201cwas such an unprecedented opportunity,\u201d said Karen Douglas, commission chair, adding the monies opened the door to \u201ctransformational decisions and investments and set up policy and programs that we hope will last well beyond the stimulus act.\u201d She added it also added significantly to the commission\u2019s workload. The 2010 update approved Jan. 12 focuses on the potential benefits that energy-related federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will have on California\u2019s energy sectors. \u201cWe focused on job creation and economic benefits, providing lasting and measurable energy benefits, spending money efficiently and with maximum accountability, contributing to the state\u2019s energy and environmental goals and finally, the degree to which the projects leveraged other funding sources in partnership,\u201d according to Suzanne Korosec, report manager. \u201cThe report concludes that ARRA is going to help transform California\u2019s energy sectors by speeding up the achievement of our energy goals,\u201d she said. In every odd numbered year, the commission is required to prepare an IEPR with details on energy supply and demand, delivery and distribution, and major energy challenges facing the state. The CEC\u2019s also required to compile an update to the IEPR in even numbered years that covers any issues that may have arisen since the previous year\u2019s report. The first Integrated Energy Policy Report was published in 2003. The commission also approved about $2.5 million in grants, loans and service contracts, with the largest being $379,000 for the trustees for the California State University system. The money is to be used for energy research projects being conducted by San Diego State University and three other institutions, two of which are out of state.