The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently released a request for proposals (RFP) for electrical energy storage projects. The CEC’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program will contribute up to US$5 million in matching funds for four to five projects to demonstrate the value of electric energy storage. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Systems program will offer consultation and in-kind services.Sacramento, California – August 12, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Flywheels, mini/micro pumped hydro, and advanced battery systems are examples of the types of projects this proposal is designed to develop. The CEC’s intent is to advance emerging technologies that have already been field-tested to some degree to get them ready for commercial applications by the end of the three-year demonstrations. Project cost should be approximately $1-2 million. The development team is expected to contribute 20-80 percent in matching funds. The types of projects the CEC is seeking could include, but are not limited to: – Transmission and distribution – Renewable applications – Industrial load support A pre-bidder conference for those interested in learning more will be held on August 21 at 9 a.m. in the Department of Social Services first floor conference room (Room 102), 744 P Street, Sacramento. Questions about the Energy Storage Request For Proposals should be directed to Jeffrey Rowe, commission contracts officer, phone (916) 654-5833. More information on the RFP is available on the CEC Web site below.