Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric applied for ratepayer funding for renewable technology research and development but took the unprecedented step of seeking to keep the results hidden from the public, according to the Independent Energy Producers Association. In a letter to both the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission last month, IEP policy director Steven Kelly asked the commissions to seriously weigh the impacts of allowing \u201cprivatization of publicly funded research, development and demonstration\u201d work. \u201cWhile the work, often referred to as \u2018feasibility\u2019 studies, would be ratepayer funded, much of the work product that has commercial value from this effort is proposed to be treated as confidential, essentially hidden from public review,\u201d Kelly warned. He noted that transparent research in the public interest ensures the R&D results \u201cwere not reserved for the exclusive benefit of one market sector or participant.\u201d He pointed to language in several applications to the CPUC for funding of the two utilities\u2019 emerging renewable resource programs. CPUC president Mike Peevey\u2019s advisor told Circuit, \u201cWe are planning to meet with him to discuss his concerns.\u201d Nancy Ryan continued that at this time \u201cthe letter is still under consideration.\u201d CEC chair Jackie Pfannenstiel said she planned to set up a meeting with Kelly to get clarity on what he was seeking.