California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:

Preparation of the
2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report

Docket No. 09-IEP-1D

NOTICE OF STAFF WORKSHOP

 

Notice of Staff Workshop on Electric Transmission Data Requests

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff will conduct a workshop to solicit comments on staff's proposal for collecting data and analyses for the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2009 IEPR) relating to electric transmission planning issues. Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron is the Presiding Member and Vice Chair James D. Boyd is the Associate Member of the 2009 IEPR Committee. While this is a staff workshop, commissioners from the Energy Commission may attend and participate in this workshop. In addition, commissioners and staff from the California Public Utilities Commission may also attend and participate.

The workshop will be held on:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008
1 p.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:
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 888-566-5914 by 1 p.m.
Passcode: IEPR Call Leader: Suzanne Korosec

Purpose and Scope

This workshop will provide the Energy Commission staff and the public with the opportunity to consider a range of perspectives on transmission planning trends. Staff is proposing that all transmission-owning load serving entities file specific data on their bulk transmission network and on specific projects identified in their transmission expansion plans, as well as on anticipated transmission corridor needs. These data will be used both in the development of the 2009 IEPR required by Public Resources Code (PRC) section 25300 et seq. and the 2009 Strategic Transmission Investment Plan required by PRC 25324.

Staff seeks comments, questions, and suggestions on the proposed data collection forms and instructions. The staff-proposed draft set of forms and instructions relating to electric transmission system and possible expansion will be posted at [http://www.energy.ca.gov/2009_energypolicy/documents/index.html] by November 20, 2008.

Background

The Energy Commission is directed by PRC Section 25301 to conduct regular assessments of all aspects of energy demand and supply. These assessments serve as the foundation for analyses and policy recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and other agencies. The broad strategic purposes of these policies are to conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety.

To carry out these regular assessments of expected and needed electricity supplies, "the Commission shall conduct... [an] assessment of the availability, reliability, and efficiency of the electricity and natural gas infrastructure and systems including, but not limited to,...western regional and California electricity and transmission system capacity and use." (PRC section 25303(a)(3).)

In addition, the Energy Commission is directed by PRC section 25324 to "adopt a strategic plan for the state's electric transmission grid." Furthermore, when developing the strategic transmission plan, PRC section 25333 directs the Energy Commission to "confer with cities and counties, federal agencies, and California Native American tribes to identify appropriate areas within their jurisdictions that may be suitable for a transmission corridor zone. The commission shall, to the extent feasible, coordinate efforts to identify long-term transmission needs of the state with the land use plans of cities, counties, federal agencies, and California Native American tribes."

The Energy Commission is preparing these assessments for the 2009 IEPR. Resource plans submitted by transmission-owning load-serving entities will provide a foundation for the analyses and recommendations of the 2009 IEPR and the 2009 Strategic Transmission Investment Plan.

Workshop Participation and Comments

Staff requests the participation of transmission-owning load-serving entities and other interested parties in this workshop and encourages those parties to present their views either orally at the workshop or through written comments. Staff will take oral comments immediately following the staff presentation at the workshop.

Comments are encouraged before the workshop; final written comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 18, 2008. Comments submitted before the workshop will be used to help facilitate the discussion. Please include the docket number 09-IEP-1D and indicate 2009 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's name in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by e-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 to the address below.

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 09-IEP-1D
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

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

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Elena Miller, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this workshop, 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 [publicadviser@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 2009 IEPR and associated key topic proceedings is handled electronically. Notices and documents for these proceedings are posted to the Energy Commission website at [http://www.energy.ca.gov/2009_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 the Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. For general questions regarding the 2009 IEPR proceeding, please contact Suzanne Korosec, Assistant Director of Policy Development, at (916) 654-4516 or by email at [skorosec@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please call Mark Hesters at (916) 654-5049 or by e-mail at [mhesters@energy.state.ca.us].

Date posted: November 14, 2008

Electronic Mail Lists: Energy Policy, Transmission, Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative

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