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In the Matter of: )      Docket No. 60-IEP-1F
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Preparation of the )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report )      WORKSHOP
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Notice of Joint Committee Workshop on In-state and
Interstate Transmission and Potential In-State
Corridors



The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee and the Electricity Committee will conduct a joint workshop to solicit comments on potential critical in-state and interstate transmission projects and potential in-state corridors for consideration in the 2007 Strategic Transmission Investment Plan (Strategic Plan), the barriers to their development, and critical actions needed to remove those barriers. Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member of the IEPR Committee. Commissioner Jeffrey Byron is the Presiding Member of the Electricity Committee. Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member of both the IEPR Committee and the Electricity Committee. California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Commissioner John Bohn and other Energy Commission and CPUC Commissioners may attend and participate. The workshop will be held:

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2007
9:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: This meeting will be broadcast over the Internet. For details on how to participate via WebEx or to view the Webcast, please see the instructions that follow.

Purpose

This workshop will solicit comments on in-state coordinated transmission planning and corridor planning. In particular, the workshop will address these major topic areas:

  • Identify the potential critical in-state transmission projects for inclusion in the Strategic Plan that are needed to relieve congestion, maintain reliability, and achieve state policy goals; and
  • Identify potential corridors for inclusion in the Strategic Plan that may be suitable for future designation consistent with the Energy Commission's responsibilities under Senate Bill 1059 (Stats. 2006, Ch. 638).

The workshop will also provide information and solicit comments on the status and issues associated with proposed western regional transmission projects and examine the barriers to their development. These include:

  • Interstate transmission projects of interest, anticipated resources to be accessed, and potential load delivery areas; and
  • Contributions these projects could make to meeting state policy objectives such as renewable resource goals and greenhouse gas legislative standards.

Background

As part of its 2007 IEPR proceeding, the Energy Commission requested that all transmission-owning load-serving entities (TLSEs) file specific data on their transmission expansion plans. These data include descriptions of the transmission facilities or paths limiting power imports into their bulk transmission network, descriptions of the transmission facilities or paths limiting the transfer of power within their bulk transmission network, transmission limits that constrain the TLSE's ability to meet legislated renewable resource procurement requirements, and anticipated transmission corridor needs. The Energy Commission's Forms and Instructions for Submitting Electric Transmission-related Data 1 were adopted at the Energy Commission's January 31, 2007 Business Meeting. TLSE data responses were due on March 31, 2007. These responses provide a key input to the development of the Strategic Plan adopted pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 25324.

Senate Bill 1059 added Section 25330 et seq. to the Public Resources Code, authorizing the Energy Commission to designate suitable transmission corridors for high-voltage electric transmission lines to foster long-term planning for reliable and efficient electricity delivery. The designation of a transmission corridor must be consistent with the Strategic Plan and is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Recognizing the need for interstate transmission planning in the West, the 2005 Strategic Plan noted that "given the high degree of interconnectedness between California's transmission system and its neighbors, it is essential that California plan its systems in close coordination with them to ensure that California's interests are represented." 2

Written Comments

Written comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 24, 2007. Please include the docket number 06-IEP-1F and indicate 2007 IEPR - Transmission in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. The Energy Commission encourages filing written comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization in the file name. Those submitting comments by e-mail must provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document File (PDF) to docket@energy.state.ca.us.

In addition to electronic filing, one original paper copy must also be hand-delivered or mailed to:
California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1F
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Workshop participants may also provide an original paper copy and 20 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 is available to assist the public in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this workshop, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone 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 before the workshop.

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. For technical questions regarding this workshop, please contact Mark Hesters at (916) 654-5049 or by e-mail at mhesters@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.

To participate in this meeting through the Energy Commission's WebEx on-line meeting service, parties must first register in advance. Required information includes name, valid email address, and company name (type in "N/A" if representing self.) See attachment for a description of, and instructions for, WebEx participation.

For parties who choose not to register via WebEx, or who want to view the workshop presentations and hear the audio but do not wish to provide input, the workshop will be broadcast over the Internet. For details, please go to: http://www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

The service list for the 2007 IEPR is handled electronically. Notices and documents for these proceedings are posted to the Energy Commission website at: 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/.

Date: April 24, 2007

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JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Chairman and Presiding Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee
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JEFFREY BYRON
Commissioner and Associate Member
Electricity Committee
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JOHN GEESMAN
Commissioner and Associate Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee and Electricity Committee
 

1 See: http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007publications/CEC-700-2007-002/CEC-700-2007-002-CMF.PDF.

2 See http://www.energy.ca.gov/2005publications/CEC-100-2005-006/CEC-100-2005-006-CMF.PDF, p. 23.



WebEx Instructions

WebEx is an internet-based conferencing tool that allows an invited audience to participate from their computers and phones. Participants can view PowerPoint presentations as well as a list of other WebEx participants and can use WebEx's "raise your hand" function to give a visual signal to the meeting host and on-line participants that they would like to make a verbal comment or question. Verbal communication is done over the phone in a concurrent conference call. WebEx participants can also send written chat messages to other WebEx participants and to the WebEx host.

Registration Process in Advance of the Workshop

To participate in this meeting through the Energy Commission's WebEx on-line meeting service, parties must first register in advance. Required information includes name, valid email address, and company name (type in "N/A" if representing self.) See attachment for a description of, and instructions for, WebEx participation.

Please click the following link to register for this meeting any time before the workshop begins:

https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=92437062&RG=1

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message confirming your registration. That message will provide the information needed to join the meeting.

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

Joining the Workshop on May 14th

At the meeting's starting time, click on the link provided in your email registration confirmation. For the audio portion of the workshop, if you have a direct phone line, you can provide your phone number when prompted to receive a call back on your phone, connecting you to the audio portion of the workshop. If you do not have a direct phone line, 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.

WebEx Participation through Audio Only

If you do not have computer access at the time of the workshop and wish to participate in the meeting by phone, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada). You will be asked to enter the meeting number followed by the pound sign (922071207#). Phone participants will be able to hear the workshop, and time permitting, may be able to ask questions.

WebEx Protocols

  • WebEx participants will be muted during the presentations. Whenever possible, we will unmute you for questions and comments, typically after each presentation.
  • If you would like to speak, please click on the "Raise Hand" button in the Participant Panel. This will alert us that you are interested in making a verbal comment or asking a question, and at the appropriate time we will unmute your phone and you will be acknowledged and directed to speak.
  • If you cannot see the Participant Panel because a presentation is in full-screen mode, click on the three-people icon in WebEx's bottom right toolbar to open it.
  • You may send chat messages to others on the WebEx Participant Panel at any time during the workshop by using the WebEx Chat feature. Be sure to use the drop-down menu to select to whom you want to send your message.
  • If you have technical questions for the WebEx Host concerning the workshop you can use WebEx's Chat feature by selecting the "Send to Host Privately" option at any time during the workshop.
  • Please do not send Chat messages to the "Presenter ID" option as they will be busy giving the presentation.
  • If you can only participate by phone, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada). You will be asked to enter the meeting number followed by the pound sign (922071207#). Phone only participants will be able to hear the workshop, but will be muted. Time permitting, all phone only participants will be unmuted as a group, and directed to speak in an orderly manner.
  • Questions will first be taken from the dais, then from participants at the workshop, followed by WebEx participants who will be unmuted individually in order to speak, and lastly from phone only participants who will be unmuted as a group and asked to speak one at a time.

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