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In the Matter of:

Preparation of the
2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update

Docket No. 08-IEP-1A

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

 

Notice of Committee Hearing
on Committee Draft
2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update

The Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee will hold a hearing to receive public comments on the Committee Draft 2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update (2008 IEPR Update). Commissioner Jeffrey Byron is the Presiding Member and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member of the IEPR Committee. Other Commissioners from the Energy Commission or California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may attend and participate in this hearing. The hearing will be held:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2008
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 888-566-5914 by 9 a.m.
Passcode: IEPR Call Leader: Suzanne Korosec

Purpose

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comments on the Committee Draft 2008 IEPR Update, which addresses the following topics:

  1. Physical, operational, and market changes necessary for California's electric system to support a minimum of 33 percent renewables by 2020.
  2. Interaction of energy efficiency goals and programs and demand forecasting methods.
  3. Changes to electricity procurement practices to standardize assumptions, extend the period of analysis, and more adequately incorporate risk in the portfolio of projected resources.
  4. Assessment of the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station nuclear power plants to determine the potential vulnerabilities to a major disruption from a major seismic event or plant aging, as required by Assembly Bill 1632.
  5. Evaluation of the CPUC's Self Generation Incentive Program to determine the costs and benefits of providing ratepayers subsidies for renewable and fossil fuel "ultraclean and low-emission distributed generation" as required by Assembly Bill 2778.
  6. Progress report on past recommendations from the 2005 IEPR, 2006 IEPR Update, and 2007 IEPR.

The Committee Draft 2008 IEPR Update is available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/2008_energypolicy/documents/index.html.

Background

Senate Bill 1389 (Bowen and Sher, Chapter 568, Statutes of 2002) requires the Energy Commission to "conduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery and distribution, demand, and prices. The Energy Commission shall use 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." (Public Resources Code 25301(a).) This assessment and associated policy recommendations are reported and adopted every two years.

SB 1389 also requires the Energy Commission in alternate years to prepare an energy policy review to update analyses from the IEPR or raise energy issues that have emerged since the release of the IEPR. The 2008 IEPR Update has been prepared in response to that requirement.

On April 28, 2008, the Committee held a scoping workshop to seek input on specific topics for the 2008 IEPR Update, and issued a Scoping Order on May 15 identifying the topics that would be covered in the report.

Comments

The Committee will take comments on the 2008 IEPR Update at the hearing and in writing. The Committee requests parties to submit written comments on the 2008 IEPR Update by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Please include the docket number 08-IEP-1A and indicate "2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update" in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments.

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's name 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 File (PDF) to docket@energy.state.ca.us. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit at the address shown below.

Parties may also submit comments in hard copy. Please hand deliver or mail an original copy to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 08-IEP-1A
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Participants may also provide an original at the beginning of the hearing. 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, Elena Miller, assists the public 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 2008 IEPR Update is handled electronically. Notices and documents for this proceeding are posted to the Energy Commission website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/2008_energypolicy/index.html. 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

Please direct all news media inquiries to Media and Public Communications, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. Questions on the subject matter of this notice should be directed to Suzanne Korosec, Assistant Director for Policy Development, at (916) 654-4516 or by e-mail at skorosec@energy.state.ca.us

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JEFFREY D. BYRON
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee

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JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Chairman and Associate Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee