The California Energy Commission gave the green light June 4 to a $1.2 million contract with the Regents of the University of California\u2019s Scripps Institution of Oceanography for development of research into how global warming may impact weather and climate within California. Using probability distributions, various scenarios will be created to improve long-term energy system planning in California. The money for the project will come from the Public Interest Energy Research program. Also at the meeting, the commission approved six grants totaling more than $5.52 million for projects aimed at advancing the science, technology, and market penetration of grid-connected combined cooling, heating and power systems in the state. The proposed research projects would make components of the systems more suitable to the market to help exceed emission reduction requirements, increase energy efficiency, lower installed costs, and match on-site electrical and thermal loads. Money for the grants comes from ratepayer funding dedicated to the commission\u2019s PIER program. The commission also approved a royalty agreement between Global Geothermal Ltd. and energy technology company Exergy Inc. Global has taken over Exergy Inc.\u2019s loan agreement and agreed to pay royalties up to the principal loan amount of $2.25 million that the nearly bankrupt Exergy borrowed to build and test a 3.2 MW advanced Kalina Cycle demonstration plant completed in the late 1990\u2019s. Also approved was a $300,000 contract with White Box Technologies to develop a new set of standard California Climate Thermal Zone weather files for use in calculations for the Energy Commission\u2019s building efficiency assessments under Title 24, as well as for the New Solar Homes Partnership. Updates and improvements will include more recent weather data and more detailed solar radiation data.