[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND
CONSERVATION COMMISSION



Notice of Meeting
Independent Review Panel
(IRP)



A panel of independent experts will hold a meeting regarding the review of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2003
12 p.m.
and
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2003
8 a.m.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Second Floor, Large Conference Room
Sacramento, California

(Wheelchair Accessible)

This will be the first meeting of this PIER Independent Review Panel (IRP). The IRP is expected to discuss operating logistics, their mandate, issues and strategies.


Background

In 1996, California enacted major legislation and other public policies to significantly restructure both the nature and the regulation of this State's electric services industry. Among other things, Public Utilities Code Section 381 authorized funding of not less than $62.5 million annually, for the PIER Program. The PIER Program is primarily administered by the California Energy Commission to fund public interest energy research. Follow on legislation enacted in January 2003, modified the Public Resources Code Section 25620.9 and mandates an evaluation of the PIER Program by a panel of independent experts. The panel (IRP) will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the program. The evaluation shall include a review of the public value, including but not limited to the monetary and non-monetary benefits of public health and the environment, and the benefit of providing funds for technology development that would otherwise not be funded.

The IRP will meet to carry out the evaluation and will submit its written findings and recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. A preliminary report, due June 2004, and a final report, due March 2005, will be submitted to the Governor and Legislature.


Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this workshop, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in this workshop, please contact Lou Quiroz, (916) 654-5146, at least five days in advance.

If you have questions on the subject of this meeting, please call Nancy Libonati, (916) 654-4615, or e-mail her at Nlibonat@energy.state.ca.us.

News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989.



Date on line: May 29, 2003






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