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Energy Commission Distributes School Grants

The California Energy Commission and the California Power Authority will distribute one-point-two-five million dollars in grants for schools to install rooftop solar energy systems. State officials say the money is from settlements reached Attorney General Bill Lockyer and two energy companies with long-term contracts with the state.

State energy officials also have announced that two-point-four million dollars has been awarded for five biogas research projects on the production of electricity from California landfills, livestock farms and food processing and wastewater treatment plants.

The projects could take advantage of ample sources of biogas at landfills, dairies and swine farms. The awards are from the Energy Commission┬┤s Public Interest Energy Research program, which is collected from utilities and used for research into cleaner and more reliable energy sources.