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Notice and Final Agenda
for the California Solar Initiative Research and Development Workshop

(Presentations are available -- see speakers names in Agenda below)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Energy Division will hold a workshop to review a staff-proposed Research, Development, and Demonstration Plan for the California Solar Initiative (CSI) on Monday, February 26, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Commission Auditorium, California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California.

SB1 requires the CPUC to allocate up to $50 million dollars for solar research, development, and demonstration activities under the CSI to enable widespread deployment of solar distributed generation technologies, eventually without ratepayer subsidy.  Attached is a draft staff proposal for the R&D strategy, including goals, principles, guidelines, and criteria for selecting projects; timeframe; program administration, and key questions for review.

The purpose of this workshop is to allow interested parties and industry experts to respond to key questions in the staff proposal and suggest possible refinements. 

Staff welcomes informal written and verbal comments on the staff draft paper by March 9; please direct them to Polly Shaw at   Please cite the paper's section number and question number in comments.  Note that these informal comments will not be considered on the record.  Based on workshop feedback and written comments, staff will refine its proposal for a subsequent round of formal public comments.  The final proposal and comments will inform a proposed decision. Final Workshop Agenda

9:00-9:15:  Introduction of workshop scope and purpose; review collaboration with CEC

9:15-10:00:  Overview of draft staff proposal: target activity areas, guidelines for funding projects, and an institutional framework to administer the program

10:00-11:00:  Panel 1: CPUC Role, Risks, and Priorities


- Martha Krebs, Deputy Director for R&D, California Energy Commission

11:00–12:00:  Panel 2: Solar Production Technologies: Advancing the Value Proposition


- Robert Margolis, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL
- Ed Smeloff, Senior Manager for Product Sales and Development, Sharp
- Terry Peterson, Solar Power Consulting

12:00-1:00:  Lunch  (on your own)

1:00-2:00:  Panel 3: Grid Integration, Including Storage and Metering issues


- David Kopans, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Fat Spaniel
- David Hawkins, Manager, Special Projects Engineering, CAISO
- Kent Sheldon, Manager of Sales, SMA

2:00-3:00:  Panel 4: Business Development and Deployment


- Shannon Graham, Management Consultant, Navigant Consulting
- Barry Cinnamon, Chief Executive Officer, Akeena Solar

3-3:15 - Break

3:15-4:00:  Open Discussion on Institutional Structure for Administration

4:00-4:45:  Open Discussion on Remaining Issues

4:45-5:00: Summary, Next Steps, and Conclusion

For questions about the workshop date, time or location, call the Calendar Clerk at (415) 703-1203.  For questions about the workshop agenda, contact Polly Shaw in the Energy Division at 415-703-3196.

The CPUC will host a conference line but no web video conference.  The call-in number is 866-687-1443, and the participant passcode is 737358#. 

The workshop may be attended by the public.


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