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In the Matter of: )      Docket No. 06-IEP-1H
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Preparation of the )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP
2007 Integrated Energy policy Report )       
(2007 IEPR) )       
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Notice of Committee Workshop on
Staff's Preliminary Retail Electricity Price Forecast


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The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission's) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee will conduct a workshop to present staff's preliminary ten-year retail electricity price forecast for the 2007 IEPR. Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member and Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member. Other Commissioners may attend and participate in the workshop.

The workshop will be held:

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2007
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: Audio from this workshop will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details on listening in, please go to: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

Parties unable to attend this IEPR Committee workshop will be able to comment by conference call.

The conference call information is:
USA Toll Free Number: 800-857-6618 after 9 a.m.
Passcode: IEPR Call Leader: LORRAINE WHITE

Purpose

The workshop will present preliminary results of the Energy Commission staff's long-term forecast of retail electricity prices (2008 to 2018). In addition, invited speakers and panelists will present their views on the key factors affecting future electricity prices.

The Energy Commission's IEPR Committee is considering whether the staff's forecast of retail electricity prices is reasonable. In addition, it welcomes public comment on the policy issues raised during the workshop's speaker presentations and panel discussions.

Background

As required by Senate Bill 1389 (Stats. 2002, Ch. 568), the Energy Commission conducts "assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery and distribution, demand, and prices [emphasis added]." The Energy Commission uses these assessments and forecasts to develop energy policies that conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety. (Pub. Resources Code § 25301 (a) and 25302 (d).)

In February 2007, the Energy Commission requested financial and sales data from California's largest electric utilities for use in calculating future retail electricity prices for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural consumers.1 The data request included estimates of electric utilities' future operating and capital expenses and their projected sales and sales revenues from each customer class. Each class's allotted share of its utility's total annual expenses was divided by the utility's forecast of annual sales to that class to determine average retail electricity prices. These prices were then converted from nominal cents per kilowatt-hour to real (that is, inflation-adjusted) cents per kilowatt-hour.

The staff's preliminary retail electricity price forecasts and final workshop agenda will be posted on the Energy Commission's website as soon as they are available at: www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/documents/index.html under the Workshop & Meetings subheading.

A draft workshop agenda is attached to this notice.

Workshop Participation and Comments

The IEPR Committee requests participation of interested parties in this workshop and proceeding and encourages them to present their views either orally at the workshop or through written comments. The IEPR Committee will take general comments from the public immediately following the workshop presentations and panel discussion.

Parties should provide comments both orally at the workshop and in writing. Written comments are requested by 5 p.m. on July 13, 2007. For comments on the staff's preliminary retail electricity price forecast, include the docket number 06-IEP-1H and indicate Retail Electricity Price Forecast in the subject line or first paragraph of your written comments. Comments must be submitted to the Dockets Unit.

The Energy Commission's Dockets Unit prefers to receive written comments by e-mail. Please submit comments electronically either in Microsoft Word (Word) format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. Please include your name or organization's name in the e-mail message and attached documents.

In addition to the electronic filing, one paper copy must also be mailed or hand delivered to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit at the following address:

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

Workshop participants may also distribute copies of their written comments at the workshop. Please bring at least 25 paper copies. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Additional Information

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 on the Energy Commission website http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/. When new information is posted, a message will be e-mailed to those on the energy policy list server. We encourage those who are interested in receiving these electronic notices to sign up for the list server through the website http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html.

Questions regarding the 2007 IEPR proceeding should be directed to Lorraine White, IEPR program manager, at (916) 654-4075 or by e-mail 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.

If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please call Mignon Marks, Electricity Analysis Office, (916) 654-4732, or mmarks@energy.state.ca.us.

commissioner signature
JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Commissioner and Presiding Member
IEPR Committee
commissioner signature
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Associate Member
IEPR Committee

1 See two sets of Forms and Instructions for Submitting Retail Electricity Price Data at http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/datacollection/index.html

Attachment Draft Agenda - (PDF file, 1 pg, 94.3 kb)


Date Posted: June 11, 2007

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

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