The California Energy Commission identified millions of square feet of state-owned property that could house hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy units. The inventory of such properties, including at prisons and hospitals, could support up to 26,000 MW of alternative energy projects, mostly photovoltaic, on state-owned buildings and other properties within the next 10 years. That would surpass the governor\u2019s goal of 20,000 MW of new renewable resources by 2020. \u201cWe see potential for reducing energy costs, for creating new revenue streams by leasing rights-of-way on vacant lots to developers, and cost savings by eliminating maintenance obligations for lands leased to developers,\u201d Heather Raitt, CEC renewable energy office technical director, said May 9. Following release of the renewable inventory that began last October, Energy Commission staff found a potential of between 14,000 MW and 26,000 MW of renewable energy that could be generated on state-owned properties. They include lands managed by the State Lands Commission, Department of Water Resources, and CalTrans which could be made available to developers for wholesale distribution and central station projects. Additionally, commission staff inventories concluded that 195 MW of capacity could be placed on roofs and parking lots of correctional and mental health facilities. An additional 16.2 MW of energy could be rapidly deployed on the rooftops and parking spaces of other state-owned properties that already have energy efficiency measures in place. \u201cWe think of that as the low-hanging fruit,\u201d Raitt said. By the end of June, the Energy Commission and Department of General Services are to develop a request for proposals for renewable projects on state buildings In the fourth quarter of this year, the Department of General Services, Energy Commission, CalTrans, and Department of Water Resources are expected to issue a request for proposals to develop renewables. Energy Commission staff recommends that California target installing 2,500 MW of utility-scale renewables. Economic barriers to the development of locally-distributed renewables include high upfront and transaction costs. The commission maintains those costs can be reduced through technology advancements, such as the commission\u2019s Public Interest Energy Research program. PIER awards loans and grants for the research, development, and demonstration of new technologies. Among other strategies, commission staff recommends the use of net metering to offset high upfront costs. Net metering provides a bill credit for the owner of the project that sends energy into the grid at a price that better reflects the real time cost of power. Other strategies include state rebates for government projects in investor-owned and publicly owned utility service areas, federal tax credits, and feed-in tariffs, which can reduce high transaction costs for installing renewable distributed generation by establishing a predetermined price under a standard contract. In other news, Anthony Eggert was reappointed to the Energy Commission. He sat on the commission last year but was not reappointed by the recently sworn-in Gov. Jerry Brown before the 12-month confirmation deadline. Instead, Eggert\u2019s nomination was pulled before the cut off date to allow for a reappointment like his colleague, CEC chair Bob Weisenmiller.