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In the Matter of:

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

Docket No. 09-IEP-1N




Staff Workshop on Energy and Local Assistance:
Issues and Opportunities

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As part of the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff will conduct a workshop to examine issues and opportunities to assist local governments to become more energy and resource efficient and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through better land-use planning. While this is a staff workshop, Commissioners from the Energy Commission may attend and participate in the workshop. The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, August 11, 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 2009 IEPR Scoping Order identified that this IEPR will:

  1. Evaluate the impacts of state-level policy and legislative changes since publication of the 2007 IEPR on local decision-making related to land use, energy consumption, and climate change. Particular focus will be on the role that state government can play in statewide land use, energy, and GHG policy and coordination.
  2. Examine how state-level policies, programs and actions can assist local decision-makers in implementing and promoting energy efficiency and GHG emission reductions.
  3. Examine how local governments can contribute to energy efficient land use planning and be energy/water/resource-efficient. This will include exploring strategies to encourage more infill development in existing communities as well as energy and resource efficient material production and design approaches.
  4. Identify the need for research activities to support implementation of SB 375 and other state land use policy goals.

Sustainable energy, land use, and transportation planning all offer California a wealth of benefits that drive economies, preserve agricultural lands and natural resources, encourage efficient use of energy and water, improve public health, and reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Local and regional entities have provided tremendous leadership in implementing sustainable practices with noteworthy projects as well.

The purpose of the workshop is to develop policy recommendations in the 2009 IEPR to encourage energy and resource efficiency and reduced GHGs through the integration of energy, transportation, and land use planning. The workshop will explore the nexus of recent state and local planning related policy, energy use, and GHGs from a regional and local perspective, a private sector perspective, and from a state agency perspective. The workshop will culminate with a panel discussion to identify ways the state can assist local and regional entities and the private sector to set priorities for preparing the myriad of planning documents required by state and local government. In addition, the panel will discuss existing and future resource opportunities.

Discussion will focus on:

Regional and Local Issues: Given the new state directives to reduce GHG, what assistance do local entities need and expect from the state?

Private Sector Perspective: What opportunities and constraints does the private sector face in the planning and implementation of projects that use less energy and reduce VMT?

State Climate Change and Sustainability Policies: What implications do AB 32, SB 732 and SB 375 have on local and regional entities' planning requirements relating to sustainability and reducing energy and statewide GHG emissions? What is each agency's role?

State Assistance to Local and Regional Entities: How can the State assist local and regional entities to implement energy and climate change goals? How are planning processes integrated?


The 2007 IEPR recognized the need to establish a strategic planning process with local and regional entities in order to identify and reduce energy usage and GHG emissions by facilitating energy efficiency and land use planning. Since the publication of the 2007 IEPR, the state has made progress in tying local and regional planning efforts to energy and climate change goals.

Under AB 32, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) established the Climate Action Team and formed the Land Use Subgroup of the Climate Action Team (LUSCAT) that identified existing programs and developed cross-cutting land use strategies that could be adopted by state agencies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

SB 375 creates a Regional Targets Advisory Committee to develop factors and methodologies that ARB should consider in establishing regional targets for GHG emissions. SB 375 also provides for the creation of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) or an Alternate Communities Strategy (ACS) as part of the development of a Regional Transportation Plan. The SCS integrates land use and transportation planning, policies, and solutions to meet regional emission targets.

Senate Bill 732 creates new opportunities to integrate land use, energy, and climate change goals cross-organizationally. SB 732 recognizes the need for State Agencies to coordinate funding activities and programs and to recommend policies, investment strategies, and priorities to the governor, legislature, and appropriate state agencies. Furthermore, the California Department of Transportation's Regional Blueprint Planning Program helps local and regional entities and stakeholder groups to collaborate on many important issues.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 18, 2009. Please include the docket number 09-IEP-1N and indicate 2009 IEPR - Energy and Local Assistance in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments.

The Energy Commission encourages comments by electronic mail (e-mail). Please include your name or organization's 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 (PDF) to []. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Dockets Office.

Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 09-IEP-1N
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Participants may also provide original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Office 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 Elena Miller, Public Adviser, 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 Bill Pfanner, Energy and Local Assistance Office, at (916) 654-4206 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

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