Release Date: June 10, 2005 | Last Updated Date: June 10, 2005
This report is the final report responding to Senate Bill 1038, requiring that the California Energy Commission (CEC) convene an independent review and critique of the Public Energy Interest Research (PIER) Program. An interim report was released in 2004. The review is a follow up to a previous independent review published by CCST in 2001.
In 1996, Assembly Bill 1890 restructured the California electricity industry. Legislation also authorized collection of a surcharge on retail electricity sales to ensure a continuation of public interest energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects. The PIER program was established at the California Energy Commission in 1998 to implement this provision. California leads the nation in fostering and implementing new sources of electricity to sustain its economy while preserving its natural environment. The contributions of PIER to this effort were recognized by legislation extending its original charter through 2012.
The review concluded that the CEC had taken significant efforts to address and mitigate a number of the issues raised in the previous review, including the elevation of the PIER program manager to division-level status. The PIER program is at an important point in its development, and the review panel found that CEC and PIER should continue to improve the PIER program’s ability to achieve the status of a world-class R&D organization.