STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Notice of Meeting
Independent Review Panel (IRP)
A panel of independent experts will hold a two day meeting as a part of
their review of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2003
Beginning at Noon
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2003
Beginning at 8 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Second Floor, Large Conference Room
The Energy Commission staff will make presentations on the environment
within which PIER operates, including the California energy context, the
PIER program environment, history, mandate, policies, priorities, goals,
and processes, to provide the foundation for the IRP discussion. In
particular, the Energy Action Plan and the 2003 Integrated Energy Policy
Report will be highlighted. The Energy Action Plan is a coordinated
effort by the California Public Utilities Commission, the Consumer Power
and Conservation Financing Authority and the California Energy
Commission. The report is available on the Commission website:
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 authorizes 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. A review of the program by an independent panel of
experts was completed in March 2001.
Legislation enacted in January 2003 modified Public Resources Code
Section 25620.9 and mandated a follow-on 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 in
June 2004 and March 2005.
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
[firstname.lastname@example.org]. 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 [email@example.com].
News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at