For immediate release: March 31, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Next Round of Funding Proposals Opens for
ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM


SACRAMENTO -- The California Energy Commission has announced the opening of the fifth solicitation for proposals for the Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program.

Research projects under the small grant program are designed to benefit California electricity consumers through the feasibility of advanced and innovative energy concepts in key energy areas. These include energy-related environmental research, building end use efficiency, renewable energy technologies, strategic and environmentally preferred advanced generation.

Grants are for up to $75,000 with a term of up to 12 months. Grant proposals for the current solicitation are due Friday, April 28, 2000.

A component of the Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, the EISG program in its first year has awarded 29 grants totaling almost $2.1 million.

"This targeted funding source will give qualifying individuals, small businesses, small non-profits and academic institutions that would not otherwise qualify for regular PIER funding a chance to engage in cutting-edge research," said Commissioner Robert Laurie, Presiding Member of the Energy Commission RD&D Committee.

"These exciting technologies being developed by some of the most creative and brightest minds in the industry are intended to benefit California electricity consumers through projects that save energy, reduce costs and improve the environment," Laurie added.

The application process has been designed with simplicity in mind. The Energy Commission is urging qualified applicants to apply for this solicitation. Those interested in the program should visit the Energy Commission Web Site at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/smallgrant/index.html


The EISG Program Administrator can be reached at (619) 594-1049.

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