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California Energy Commission

1516 9th Street

Rosenfeld Hearing Room

Sacramento, CA 95814

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The Energy Storage Workshop will bring together local governments, state agencies, licensed electrical contractors, building officials, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to discuss guidance on energy storage permitting including streamlining, best practices, and potential factors for consideration.

Please join us for a day filled with presentations and facilitated discussion around the subject of energy storage.


As the state has become increasingly reliant on renewable energy resources, energy storage will become a large part of managing the intermittent electricity supply. California had adopted policies within the last few years that promote and fund energy storage.

AB 546, authored by Assemblymember Chiu, requires cities and counties to post all documentation and forms associated with the permitting of advanced energy storage on a publicly accessible website. In addition, AB 546 authorized the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to provide guidance on energy storage permitting. OPR has partnered with the California Energy Commission (CEC) through the EPIC Program to scope a guidance document for energy storage permitting that is useful for local governments.

This Workshop Will Cover

  • Background on AB 546

  • Lessons learned from past guidebooks

  • An overview of the Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO)

  • Overview of the energy storage industry including commercial and residential

  • Local government permitting processes throughout the state

  • Energy storage standards and code development

  • Future considerations for permitting energy storage



Coffee 9:30-10:00 AM

Programming 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Welcome: Trelynd Bowles, Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Opening Remarks: Assemblymember David Chiu

Purpose and Objectives: Mike Gravely, California Energy Commission


Lessons Learned: Past Guidebooks | Sustainable Energy Action Committee

Industry Panel | Alex Morris, California Energy Storage Alliance, Polly Shaw, Stem, Kelly Knutsen, California Solar and Storage Association

Local Government Panel | Moderator: Margaret Bruce, Local Government Commission, Jessie Denver, City and County of San Francisco, Brad Wungluck, City of Manteca, Joanne Kurz, City of Woodside, Pete Jackson, City of Bakersfield

Energy Storage Standards and Codes | Greg Andersen, Office of the State Fire Marshal, John Taecker, Underwriters Laboratories

Download Full Agenda.

Public Comment: Public comment will be made available at the event. Public comment will also be available following the workshop through the California Energy Commission website.


You may participate in this meeting through California Independent Systems Operator’s web conferencing service. Presentations will appear on your computer screen, and you may listen to audio via your computer or telephone. Please be aware that the meeting may be recorded.

To join a meeting:

Go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number: 924 523 525

When prompted, enter your name and the following meeting password: meeting@10 Attendees signing in for this webinar will be asked a few brief questions as part of the Commission’s diversity survey and are encouraged to provide feedback.


Parking is available at meters on surrounding streets for 25-cents for 12 minutes, with a two-hour maximum. You must move to another spot (not in the same block) at the end of two hours. The city strictly enforces the two hour limit using automated GPS systems and license plate photos.

There are a limited number of 10-hour meters located along the park, along Ninth Street, and along R and S Streets; with parking at 50-cents per hour. Watch for restricted parking during specified days and between 4 and 6 p.m.

A state-owned public parking garage is located on 10th Street between "O" and "P" streets (entrance on 10th), though it usually fills up early in the day. Another garage is located four blocks away at "10th" and "L" streets, with the entrance on "10th Street."

There is a private, public parking lot next to the Fox & Goose Restaurant at 10th and R Streets.

Public Transit:

Light Rail

Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail system serves communities along the I-80, Hwy 50 and Hwy 99 corridors. It stops right next to the Commission on "O" Street. The system serves downtown along a "X-shaped" route; one leg going north-east to I-80 to Watt Ave., another leg going east along the Highway-50 corridor to Folsom, a line going south along Highway-99 to Meadowview Rd, and a line that goes to the Amtrak (Sacramento Valley) Station.


Amtrak station is located at "I" and 5th streets.

Taxis are available from there to the Commission. Or take the Light Rail (Sacramento Valley Line) and stop right near our building at the "8th & O" street stop. Or, it is a brisk 15 to 20 minute walk (about 15 city blocks).

Walking Directions:

Walk south away from train station down 5th Street until Capitol Ave.
Turn (east) left on Capitol Ave.
Turn (south) right on Ninth Street.
Commission building is on Ninth Street between "O" and "P" streets.

Greyhound Bus

Greyhound Bus depot is located at 420 Richards Blvd in Sacramento, 2 miles from the Energy Commission

Sacramento Regional Transit bus lines 11 and 15 come to the downtown area from the Greyhound station.

Lunch Options:

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has a list of cafes and restaurants near the location of the meeting here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/commission/directions.html

This event is FREE and open to the public. Coffee will be provided for attendees in the morning from 9:30 - 10:00 AM.

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