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In the Matter of:

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

Docket No. 09-IEP-1P


RE: Energy and Climate Change


Notice of Staff Workshop on Energy and Climate Change

California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff will conduct a workshop to discuss the potential impacts of climate change on electricity generation and the supporting energy infrastructure. Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron is the Presiding Member and Vice Chair James D. Boyd is the Associate Member of the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee. While this is a staff workshop, Commissioners from the Energy Commission may attend and participate in this workshop. The workshop will be held:

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
9 a.m.
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.


The Scoping Order for the 2009 IEPR indicates that the IEPR will: 1) provide an overview of how climate change may impact the electricity sector including potential changes in electricity demand in California as a result of warmer temperatures, the availability of hydroelectric generation from California and the Northwest, and the availability of renewable resources, including bio-energy, wind, and solar; and 2) discuss the vulnerability of electricity, natural gas, and transportation infrastructure resulting from warming temperatures, wildfires, sea level rise, and severe weather events. The purpose of this staff workshop is to present information on these two topics and gather public inputs to inform the preparation of the 2009 IEPR.


The Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program has been funding and directing climate change research for several years, including the estimation of potential impacts of a changing climate on energy resources. In addition, a recently released Energy Commission staff report entitled "Potential Impacts of Climate Change on California's Energy Infrastructure and Identification of Adaptation Measures" (CEC-150-2009-001) summarizes the current understanding of how climate change may affect the energy infrastructure in California. Recently, PIER entered into a contract with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for more in-depth analysis on this topic. This workshop is an opportunity to discuss the energy policy implications of recent climate change research findings and the identification of future studies in this area.

Scientists including as Dan Cayan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Jay Lund (UC Davis), Maximilian Auffhammer (UC Berkeley), and others will address the following policy questions:

  • How would climate change impact electricity demand and when?
  • How would changes in runoff affect hydropower generation?
  • Has warming already affected electricity consumption in California?
  • Would climate change affect bio-energy generation via impacts to crops and vegetation patterns?
  • Should the outputs from regional climate models be used to estimate changes in wind and solar resources from climate change?
  • How would the increased risk of forest fires, flooding, and other climate extremes affect the reliability of the electricity system?

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on June 22, 2009. Please include the docket number 09-IEP-1P and indicate "Energy and Climate Change" 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-1P
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 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 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 If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please call Guido Franco, senior engineer at 916-654 3940, or by e-mail at 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

The service list for the 2009 IEPR is handled electronically. Notices and documents for this proceeding are posted to the Energy Commission website at 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

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

Please note: the password is case sensitive

Computer Log on with a Direct Phone Number:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number
    922 881 125
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password
  • 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 and enter the unique meeting number
    922 881 125
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password
  • 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 922 881 125. International callers can select their number from

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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