2009 California Public Resources Code - Section 25695-25697 :: Chapter 7.9. Energy Technology And Energy Conservation
25695. In enacting this chapter, the Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following: (a) The development and commercialization of energy technologies and energy conservation is a vital element in meeting the state's energy needs. (b) The continuing vitality of California's energy technology and energy conservation industry, as well as the maintenance of California's technological leadership in these energy systems, depends on the industry's ability to expand into new markets, including those in other countries. The expansion of California's energy technology and energy conservation industry into foreign markets will result in lower domestic prices, more stable growth, increased employment opportunities, and additional tax revenues. (c) California's energy technology and energy conservation industry's entry into export markets is being inhibited by foreign-based competitors benefiting from extensive financial and technical support from their governments. Furthermore, small- to medium-sized energy firms are handicapped by high information costs and financial constraints. (d) California-based energy technology and energy conservation firms seeking to expand into foreign markets can be substantially assisted by state efforts to disseminate international market data, foreign government regulatory information, and other material, and to provide technical assistance to facilitate export efforts. (e) It is in the best interest of the state to increase the export of goods and services provided by California-based energy technology and energy conservation firms, particularly small- and medium-sized businesses, in a manner which coordinates with and augments existing private, state, and federal programs. 25696. The commission may assist California-based energy technology and energy conservation firms to export their technologies, products, and services to international markets. The commission may do all of the following: (a) Conduct a technical assistance program to help California energy companies improve export opportunities and enhance foreign buyers' awareness of and access to energy technologies and services offered by California-based companies. Technical assistance activities may include, but are not limited to, an energy technology export information clearinghouse, a referral service, a trade lead service consulting services for financing, market evaluation, and legal counseling, and information seminars. (b) Perform research studies and solicit technical advice to identify international market opportunities. (c) Assist California energy companies to evaluate project or site-specific energy needs of international markets. (d) Assist California energy companies to identify and address international trade barriers restricting energy technology exports, including unfair trade practices and discriminatory trade laws. (e) Develop promotional materials in conjunction with California energy companies to expand energy technology exports. (f) Establish technical exchange programs to increase foreign buyers' awareness of suitable energy technology uses. (g) Prepare equipment performance information to enhance potential export opportunities. (h) Coordinate activities with state, federal, and international donor agencies to take advantage of trade promotion and financial assistance efforts offered. 25696.5. (a) Every California-based energy technology and energy conservation firm awarded direct financial assistance pursuant to Section 25696 shall reimburse the commission for that assistance, when both of the following conditions have been met: (1) The assistance was substantial and essential for the completion of a specific identifiable project. (2) The resulting project is producing revenues. (b) All moneys appropriated for purposes of this chapter and all moneys received by the commission as reimbursement under this section shall be deposited in the Energy Resources Programs Account and shall be available, when appropriated by the Legislature, for the purposes of this chapter. 25697. The commission shall consult with the California State World Trade Commission with respect to conducting overseas trade missions, trade shows, and trade exhibits. Consultation may include interagency agreements, cosponsorship, and memoranda of understanding for joint overseas trade activities.
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