For Immediate Release: November 22, 2016
Media Contact: Michael Ward - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Registration Underway for Energy Commission’s EPIC Symposium
Event Showcases Investments in Clean Energy Research

SACRAMENTO - Registration is underway for the California Energy Commission’s second Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Symposium Dec. 1 in Sacramento.

The symposium highlights some of the many research and development projects funded through the EPIC program. The Energy Commission invests about $120 million annually through EPIC to support innovative technologies and approaches that bring clean energy ideas to market and that benefit the ratepayers of California’s three largest electric investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

There will also be panel discussions on research areas supported by EPIC investments such as overcoming challenges to implementing zero net energy buildings, developing pathways for carbon reductions in the energy sector, creating advanced energy communities, bringing emerging energy efficiency technologies to low income or disadvantaged communities and accelerating the adoption of microgrids and energy storage. Panelists will include representatives from the Energy Commission, the IOUs, research organizations, and state and federal government.

The symposium is hosted by the Energy Commission, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) to help researchers, builders, government agencies, innovators and the public engage and learn more about cutting-edge energy strategies that are helping to evolve California’s electricity system. Wall Street Journal reporter Cassandra Sweet will moderate.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit the EPIC Eventbrite web page. To participate remotely, register through the Eventbrite link or view WebEx directions in the event notice.

What: The California Energy Commission’s Second EPIC Symposium

When: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1

Where: Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento

Who: Panelists include representatives from the Energy Commission, PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, research organizations, and state and federal agencies. The symposium is being held to help researchers, builders, government agencies, innovators and the public engage and learn more about cutting-edge energy strategies that are helping to evolve California’s electricity system. Wall Street Journal reporter Cassandra Sweet will moderate.


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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.