California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:
Proposed Adoption of Regulations for the
Administration of the Alternative and
Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
Technology Program

Docket No. 08-OIR-1



Notice of Staff Meeting of the Assembly Bill 118
Sustainability Working Group

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) is conducting a Sustainability Working Group (SWG) meeting to discuss the sustainability framework developed for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program established by Assembly Bill (AB) 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007, amended by AB 109, Núñez, Chapter 313, Statutes of 2008). The next SWG meeting will be held:

9 a.m.

1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room B
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Presentations and audio from this 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.


AB 118 created the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The legislation authorizes the Energy Commission to spend approximately $120 million per year for over seven years to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California's fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state's climate change policies. AB 118 directs the Energy Commission to develop sustainability goals.

To date, the Energy Commission has hosted numerous public workshops, to solicit stakeholder responses to staff's development of the sustainability concepts and framework that will be used to implement AB 118.


This meeting is to test and discuss the sustainability framework concepts developed for AB 118 as presented in the draft staff paper AB 118 Sustainability Goals and Characteristics: An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Sustainability of AB 118 Project Applications. Several stakeholders will present case studies of potential projects in the context of the sustainability framework, including regulatory goals, thresholds and sustainability characteristics. Professor Stephen Kaffka, from the University of California at Davis and California Biomass Collaborative, will participate on the case studies. The meeting will also begin discussion on how to use the sustainability characteristics as potential evaluation criteria for the Solicitation phase of the AB 118 program. Staff is seeking comment on how to develop a ranking or weighting system.

The draft staff paper, Regulatory Concepts on Sustainability Goals for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program that was posted in support of the July 8, 2008, staff workshop is available on the AB 118 website for additional information for the meeting.

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 Office, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please call Jim McKinney, Staff Team Leader for AB 118 Sustainability Goals, at (916) 654-3999 or by e-mail at

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

For computer logon with a direct phone number go to and enter the unique meeting number 925 625 020, when prompted, enter your information and the password meeting@9.

After you login, 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.

Participation for callers with an extension phone number

Go to and enter the unique meeting number 925 625 020. When prompted, enter your information and the meeting password meeting@9.. After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL. Instead call (866) 469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your Attendee ID number which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you login. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).

Participation through audio only (no computer access)

Call (866) 469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the meeting number above. 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.