California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:

Preparation of the
2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report
(2009 IEPR)

Docket No. 09-IEP-1G

NOTICE OF JOINT
COMMITTEE WORKSHOP

 

Notice of Joint Integrated Energy Policy Report and Renewables
Committee Workshop on Biopower in California

In support of the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2009 IEPR), the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) will conduct a combined IEPR and Renewables Committee workshop to discuss and receive comments on meeting the electricity-related biopower goals set in Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order S 06 06. Commissioner Jeffrey Byron is the Presiding Member and Vice Chair James Boyd is the Associate Member of the IEPR Committee. Commissioner Julia Levin is the Presiding Member and Chairman Karen Douglas is the Associate Member of the Renewables Committee. Commissioners and staff from the California Public Utilities Commission may also attend and participate. The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote Attendance

Web Conferencing - Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx Web conferencing system. For details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the "Participation through WebEx" section at the end of this notice.

Webcast - Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet through Windows Media. For details, please go to http://www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/.

Purpose

The IEPR and Renewables Committees are seeking public input regarding the progress, challenges, and opportunities for meeting 20 percent of California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) using biomass and biogas.

This workshop will discuss the following issues:

  1. Status of meeting the Governor's Executive Order S-06-06.
  2. Recent activities of the Existing Renewable Facilities Program.
  3. Future development of biogas technologies for electricity generation. A discussion of barriers and opportunities in developing landfill gas and anaerobic digester facilities. Additionally, this workshop will include a discussion on injecting biogas into natural gas pipelines.
  4. Solid-fuel biomass feedstock issues. This includes presentations on alternative daily cover regulations, the availability of forest biomass feedstock in the Shasta region, and feedstock potential for agricultural biomass.
  5. Potential, challenges, and opportunities for co-firing biomass with coal.

The IEPR Committee and the Renewables Committee are particularly interested in public input regarding the discussion questions listed in Attachment A.

An agenda and a detailed outline of discussion topics will be provided on the Energy Commission's website prior to the workshop.

Background

California currently has a mandate to achieve 20 percent of retail electricity sales from renewable resources by 2010, and the Governor and the state's energy agencies have identified a further goal of 33 percent from renewable resources by 2020. In addition, Executive Order S-06-06 calls for the state to use energy from biomass and biogas for 20 percent of the established state goals for renewable generation for 2010 and 2020. The Executive Order also sets a target for the state to produce a minimum of 20 percent of its biofuels for transportation within California by 2010, 40 percent by 2020, and 75 percent by 2050.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2009. Please include the docket number 09-IEP-1G and indicate 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report - Biopower in California in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original copy to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. # 09-IEP-1G
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 ten 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 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.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Jason Orta, Renewable Energy Office, at (916) 653-5851 or by email at jorta@energy.state.ca.us. For general questions regarding the IEPR proceeding, please contact Lynette Esternon-Green, IEPR project manager, by phone at (916) 653-2728 or by e-mail at lesterno@energy.state.ca.us.

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service

Computer Log on with a Direct Phone Number:

  • Please go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number 920 661 317
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@9
  • After you log in, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. International callers can use the "Country/Region" button to help make their connection.

Computer Log on for Callers with an Extension Phone Number, etc.:

  • Please go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number 920 661 317
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@9
  • After you log in, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL.
  • Instead call (866) 229-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your unique Attendee ID number which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you log in. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).

Telephone Only (No Computer Access): Call (866) 229-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the unique meeting number above. International callers can select their number from https://energy.webex.com/energy/globalcallin.php.

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at (866) 229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.

 

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

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JAMES D. BOYD
Vice Chairman and Associate Member
Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee

 

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JULIA LEVIN, J.D.
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee

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KAREN DOUGLAS, J.D.
Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

 

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