[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

NOTICE OF MEETING
PIER Independent Review Panel (IRP)

TENTATIVE AGENDA

On January 22 and 23, 2004, the staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a two day meeting as part of their review of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2004
10 a.m. 12 p.m.
and
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2004
8 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Second Floor, Conference Room 2
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Background

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. An independent panel of experts completed a review of the program 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.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this meeting, 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 at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

If you have questions on the technical questions of the subject matter of this notice, please call Nancy Libonati, (916) 654-4615, or e-mail her at [nlibonati@energy.state.ca.us].

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

Dated: December 5, 2003 ENERGY RESOURCES
CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


Arthur Rosenfeld
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Research, Development & Demonstration Committee

John L. Geesman
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Research, Development & Demonstration Committee