The California Energy Commission focuses on developing energy policy and planning for one of the world's largest energy consumers. The agency's mission is to promote energy efficiency and research, develop alternative energy technologies, and plan for energy emergencies. With increased emphasis on curtailing emissions, the Commission provides incentives for renewable energy, and implements California's Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. It determines the state's energy needs and licenses power plants. Its five members are appointed by the governor and approved by the senate. The commission was created through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. The agency's annual budget is about $400 million.