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In the Matter of: )      Docket No. 06-IEP-1F
Preparation of the )     
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report )     
(2007 IEPR) )        
_________________________________________ )       

Notice of a Joint Committee Workshop
to address California Distribution Infrastructure Challenges

The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee and the Electricity Committee will conduct a joint workshop to explore the issues and challenges facing California's electricity distribution system. This Workshop will present and gather information relevant to policy direction for distribution infrastructure related issues. Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member of the IEPR Committee. Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron is the Presiding Member of the Electricity Committee. Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member of both the IEPR and Electricity Committees. Other Commissioners may attend and participate in the workshop.

THURSDAY, May 10, 2007
9 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:

Parties unable to attend this Committee workshop will be able to view proceedings and comment via WebEx :

To participate in the meeting using the WebEx onscreen and audio functions, please go to the following URL in your web browser on the date and time of the meeting:


If the link above does not work, go to:
https://energy.webex.com/ and enter the meeting number: 926 250 940

When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: workshop@9

Provide your phone number, when prompted, to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the workshop. Alternatively, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada).

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239.

Participation through audio only

If you do not have computer access and wish to participate in the meeting by phone, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada).

Please be aware that the workshop's WebEx audio and onscreen activity may be recorded.

Purpose and Agenda

The Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee is providing an opportunity for interested stakeholders and parties to participate in a workshop specifically focusing on electric distribution system challenges and issues. Topics will include: aging infrastructure and equipment, utilization of distribution automation, communication and control technologies, integration of distributed energy resources by both end-users and utilities and the San Diego Smart Grid Study.


California's electric distribution system uses designs, technologies and strategies that are decades old. Due to increasing demand and aging infrastructure, utility, government and technical experts are discussing the need for substantial changes in how this essential delivery system is designed, built and operated. As California plans for increased penetrations of renewable distributed generation, combined heat and power, storage, and plug-in-hybrid cars, the distribution system must change to reflect a more distributed delivery of power services. The U.S. Department of Energy developed the Smart Grid concept that provides an outline on how utilities can begin to use and integrate new innovative technologies and strategies. In Southern California, the San Diego Smart Grid Study applied these concepts and found the region would benefit from implementation of a Smart Grid. California can take the lead and support integrated pilot projects that analyze a full range of options demonstrating how viable and valuable new concepts, such as these, are and how they can both be incorporated into the existing legacy and future systems. Assuring that state policies and regulations take into account the societal benefits associated with Smart Grid technologies is key to the progressive and successful transformation of the distribution grid in California.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by May 4, 2007. Please include the docket number 06-IEP-1F and indicate Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee Workshop to address California Distribution Infrastructure Challenges in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 10 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1F
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide an original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

The service list for the 2007 IEPR proceeding is handled electronically. Notices and documents for these proceedings are posted to the Energy Commission website [http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/]. When new information is posted, an e-mail will be sent to those on the energy policy e-mail list server. We encourage those who are interested in receiving these notices to sign up for the list server through the website [http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html].

For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Linda Kelly at (916) 654-4815, or e-mail at [lkelly@energy.state.ca.us]. Questions regarding the 2007 IEPR proceeding should be directed to Lorraine White, IEPR Program Manager, at (916) 654-4075 or by email at [lwhite@energy.state.ca.us]. Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

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Chairman and Presiding Member
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee

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Commissioner and Associate Member
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report
Electricity Committee

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Commissioner and Presiding Member,
Electricity Committee


Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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