For Immediate Release: August 8, 1997
Media Contact: Eric Wong -- 916 654-4996



CADER Conference Centers on Impact of Backup Power Sources



A public-private energy alliance will host a conference in San Diego on September 15-17 for a first-of-a-kind meeting to highlight practical and cost-competitive distributed sources of power and to identify steps to ensure their niche in the marketplace.

The volunteer alliance known as CADER - California Alliance for Distributed Energy Resources - also sees future business opportunities in the next wave of clean and efficient technologies to run these distributed energy resources.

Speakers for the CADER conference at the Catamaran Hotel Resort on San Diego's Mission Bay include key legislative policy makers, utility and independent power company executives, regulators, manufacturers, builders, local government officials, consumer groups, and environmental and ratepayer advocates.

Invited keynoters include U.S. Congressman Edward Markey; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman James Hoecker; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner; U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Betsy Moler and Deputy Assistant Secretary Denise Swink; California Senators Steve Peace and Byron Sher; Jan Schori, General Manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Kurt Yeager, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electrical Power Research Institute; Mike Peevey, President of New Energy Ventures; Amory Lovins, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Research for the Rocky Mountain Institute; and Ralph Cavanagh, Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Participants from across the country will examine the impact of small, on-site power sources and their role in helping to provide reliable alternatives to total reliance on the Western region's expansive, grid-based electric power structure. Conferees will also debate how these distributed power resources employing cutting-edge technologies such as photovoltaics, fuel cells and advanced turbine systems, figure in the rapidly changing landscape of California's electricity marketplace.

Energy officials estimate that by 2005, as much as 20 percent or 1,300 megawatts of California's forecasted 6,500 megawatts of electrical needs could be met by these "distributed energy resources." With the impending deregulation of the electric power industry in the state, such power assets offer businesses the promise of improved reliability and power quality, as well as protection from lost productivity caused by major electrical outages along the Western grid.

Technical sessions of the conference, titled "Distributed Resources: Addressing the Challenges" will center on environmental, regulatory, and market-related issues.

Information about the CADER conference can be found on the California Energy Commission's Web Page. For additional CADER conference information, contact Connie Bruins at the California Energy Commission by telephone at (916) 654-4545 or by e-mail at CBruins@energy.state.ca.us

Date Mailed: August 8, 1997