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Independent Review Panel
Review of
Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program

The Independent Review Panel (IRP) will hold a two-day meeting as part of its review of the Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program. The panel is reviewing the public value of the PIER Program as required by Public Resources Code section 25620.9. Written findings and recommendations will be delivered to the Governor and Legislature by June 30, 2005. This meeting will be held:

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005
8 a.m.

1516 Ninth Street
Second Floor, Conference Room 2
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)


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. One of these policies, Public Utilities Code Section 381, authorizes funding of not less than $62.5 million annually for the PIER Program, primarily administered by the California Energy Commission to fund public interest energy research. An initial review of the PIER Program was completed in March 2001.

Legislation enacted in January 2003 mandated a follow-on evaluation of the PIER Program by a new panel of independent experts. 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 submitted to the Governor and Legislature its preliminary written findings and recommendations titled: Independent Review Panel Report March 2004, available on the California Council on Science and Technology web site at [www.ccst.us]. A final report due to the Governor and Legislature by June 30, 2005, will be the subject of this meeting.

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, 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 [nlibonat@energy.state.ca.us].

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

Commissioner and Presiding Member
Research, Development &
Demonstration Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Research, Development &
Demonstration Committee

Date Online: April 22, 2005

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