For Immediate Release: February 24, 2014
Media Contact: Michael Ward - 916-654-4989 -


Key California energy policy maker to discuss funding strategies at ARPA-E Innovation Summit

SACRAMENTO - California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller will join a high-level discussion focused on how states are advancing energy science and technology to achieve state and national energy goals.

Chair Weisenmiller will be a panelist at the annual U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Innovation Summit in the Washington D.C. area, Feb. 24-26.

The Summit is one of the largest energy, technology, research and development events in the country. It brings together more than 2,200 participants from academia, business and government to discuss energy issues and showcase cutting-edge energy technologies.

Guest speakers include Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and presidential counselor John Podesta.

Chair Weisenmiller will join moderator Stephen Stromberg, an editorial writer at the Washington Post, and fellow panelists Alicia Barton, chief executive officer at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Richard Kauffman, Energy and Finance chairman for the State of New York at 2:15 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, Feb. 24, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

Attending the Summit is part of the California Energy Commission's ongoing collaboration with ARPA-E on energy research projects as stated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between both agencies on June 12, 2013. The MOU conceptualizes both of the agency's intent to proactively coordinate their energy research and development programs in order to maximize and leverage energy research and development funding. It is the first agreement ARPA-E has ever signed with a state agency.

For more information on Chairman Weisenmiller and the California Energy Commission, please visit or call 916-654-4989.

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