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Notice of Staff Workshop
Presentation of Draft Strategic Plan to Reduce Peak
Energy Usage from Residential Air Conditioners

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff will conduct a workshop to gather public comments on its draft strategic plan to reduce peak electricity usage associated with air conditioning equipment in the residential sector. The comments will be considered in preparing a final report for adoption by the California Energy Commission and delivery to the Legislature in January 2008. This plan was developed by a working group of private sector contractors, distributors, manufacturers, utilities, and representatives of regulatory bodies. The plan envisions how the industry and public bodies will work together to minimize peak energy use and maximize system reliability from this market segment over the next twenty years and presents a series of strategies that public and private entities will use to achieve the vision. The final plan will also be provided to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in January 2008 for use in its strategic plan to increase awareness and investment in energy efficiency over the next 20 years. The workshop will be held:

10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room B
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

To participate in the workshop by phone,
please call 877-601-3546 at or after 10:00 a.m.
Passcode: HVAC Call Leader: Mike Messenger


In 2007, the Legislature through AB 2021 directed the Energy Commission to investigate options and develop a strategic plan to improve the energy efficiency of, and to decrease the peak electricity demand of, air-conditioners and submit the final report to the Legislature (stats. 2006, ch.734, §4.). Energy Commission staff convened a group of industry stakeholders and worked with them to develop a vision of a future market structure where the pursuit of higher profits and higher quality installations were consistent with the state's goals of reducing the peak usage from air conditioners. This report presents a summary of this working group's vision of a more efficient and profitable future and recommended strategies to make this vision a reality. Details of the working group's interim products, mission, and public meetings can be found on the web .

Written Comments Requested

Written comments on the strategic plan must be submitted to Mike Messenger by email at [mmesseng@energy.state.ca.us] or to the address below by 5:00 p.m. on December 19, 2007. Comments provided by December 14 will be addressed at the workshop on December 17, 2007.

Michael Messenger
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 28
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office is available to assist the public in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this workshop, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@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 before the workshop.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Michael Messenger, Senior Program Manager, (916) 654-4774.

Date Posted: December 3, 2007

Mail Lists: appliances; efficiencywg; electricity

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

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