For Immediate Release: July 28, 2015
Media Contact: Michael A. Ward - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Workshop Touts Community-Scale
Renewable Energy Opportunities and Successes

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop July 29 to highlight funding opportunities for community-scale renewable energy projects through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.

The day-long event also will spotlight successes and lessons learned from the more than 20 community-scale projects funded through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, which ended in 2013 but serves as a model for EPIC-funded opportunities.

Community-scale energy projects use renewable energy to power relatively small areas such as college campuses, military installations, business parks or neighborhoods. They generate less than 20 megawatts, filling an energy niche between individual projects like rooftop solar and large projects like utility-scale power plants.

Funding for the EPIC program comes from rates charged the electricity customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co., and San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

What: A public workshop highlighting funding opportunities for community-scale renewable energy projects through the EPIC program. The panel discussions will highlight model projects from the PIER program, identify opportunities to streamline planning and discuss technical and regulatory barriers. There also will be a public question-and-answer period and presentations by funding recipients on the results, benefits and conclusions of their projects.

Where: Warren-Alquist State Energy Building, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room, 1516 Ninth Street,
Sacramento, 95814

When: Wednesday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: The workshop will feature presentations by Energy Commission Chairman Robert B. Weisenmiller, Commissioners David Hochschild and Karen Douglas, the U.S. Department of Energy, state and local governments, academia and private industry.

Why: The EPIC Program invests about $120 million annually in technologies that bring clean energy ideas to market to benefit the ratepayers of California’s three largest electric investor-owned utilities. The Energy Commission encourages disadvantaged and underrepresented businesses and communities – including disabled veteran-, women-, LGBT- and minority-owned businesses – to participate in this and other workshops and meetings, and to engage in and benefit from its many programs.

The agenda is posted on the Energy Commission’s web page, and additional information and directions for participating remotely through WebEx are in the public notice.

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About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, and preparing for energy emergencies.