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For immediate release: July 31, 2003
Contact: Chris Davis (916) 654-5031

California Energy Commission To Fund
Electric Energy Storage Research Projects

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is sponsoring research that could play an important role in improving California's future electrical supply at a relatively low cost. In pursuit of that goal, the Energy Commission released a Request For Proposals (RFP) today for Electrical Energy Storage Projects. The Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) programwill contribute up to $5-million with the DOE's Energy Storage Systems program offering consultation and contributing in-kind services.

The Electrical Energy Storage effort is one of PIER's many research and development programs that could prove critical to California's energy future. This effort will provide matching funds for four to five projects that will demonstrate the value of storing electric energy when there is an abundant supply for use when it is needed. Flyhweels, mini/micro pumped hydro and advanced battery systems are examples of the types of projects this proposal is designed to develop. The Energy Commission's intent is to advance emerging technologies that have already been field-tested to some degree to get them ready for commercial applications by the end of the three-year demonstrations. Project cost should be approximately $1-million to $2-million, with the development team expected to contribute 20%-80% in matching-funds.

The types of projects the Commission is seeking could include, but are not limited to:

  • Transmission and distribution
  • Renewable applications
  • Industrial load support
More information on the Electric Energy Storage Request For Proposals is available on the Energy Commission website at:


A Pre-Bidder Conference for those interested in learning more will be held on August 21, 2003, at 9 a.m., in the California Department of Social Services First Floor Conference Room (Room 102), 744 P Street, Sacramento.

Questions about the Energy Storage Request For Proposals should be directed to:

Jeffrey Rowe
Commission Contracts Officer
(916) 654-5833

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