STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Notice of Meeting
Independent Review Panel
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, OCTOBER 21, 2003
Beginning at 12 Noon
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2003
Beginning at 8 a.m.
The meeting will be held at:
THE ARNOLD & MABEL BECKMAN CENTER
The Newport Room
100 ACADEMY DRIVE
The Beckman Center is located in Irvine at the corner of University
Drive and California Avenue. The entrance is on Academy Drive. Parking
is free in the lot next to the building.
The IRP will continue gathering information and developing issues for
their review of the PIER program.
In 1996, California enacted major legislation and other public policies
to 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, which 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
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, Margret Kim, 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
News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant
Director, at (916) 654-4989.