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Notice of Staff Workshops for the
West-Wide Energy Corridor
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement


The Energy Commission staff will hold two workshops to receive comments on energy corridors proposed during the federal scoping period. The workshops will be held:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2006
Starting at 10 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel
222 North Vineyard Ave.
Big Bear Theater
Ontario, California 91764
(909) 937-0900

(Wheelchair Accessible)

and

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2006
Starting at 10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California

(Wheelchair Accessible)


Purpose

The Energy Commission has been designated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a Cooperating Agency and is working with an interagency team of federal and state agencies to review proposals to designate new and/or expand existing energy corridors and examine alternatives to these corridors on federal lands in California. To help shape thinking on potential corridors and to provide local governments, utilities, energy developers, public interest groups, and members of the public with an additional opportunity to participate in the West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Programmatic EIS) process, the Energy Commission staff will hold two public workshops. Participants are asked to comment on corridors which were proposed for consideration during the federal scoping period, identify additional or alternative corridors they believe should be examined, including potential renewable resources development areas that may require new electric transmission lines to access, and provide information on any other issues that should be considered in the Programmatic EIS. These workshops will facilitate a more robust discussion of issues pertaining to the designation of energy corridors on federal lands in California.

To facilitate comments at the workshops, maps showing existing federal corridors in California and corridors proposed for consideration by utilities and other entities during the federal scoping period are available on the website: [www.energy.ca.gov/corridor/].


Background

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires the United States Department of Energy (DOE), BLM, and the Forest Service (USFS), in cooperation with the Departments of Commerce and Defense, to designate new right-of-way corridors on federal lands for electricity transmission and distribution facilities, and oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines. The DOE, BLM, and USFS (the Agencies) will prepare a West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic EIS to evaluate issues associated with designation of energy corridors on federal lands in eleven Western states. Public scoping meetings for the Programmatic EIS were held in California on November 1, 2005, and the public scoping comment period ended November 28, 2005. More information about the Programmatic EIS is available on the website: [http://corridoreis.anl.gov/index.cfm].


Written Comments

The Energy Commission staff encourages interested parties to present their views either in advance of the workshop, orally at the workshop, or through reply comments submitted by February 16, 2006.

Those submitting comments by e-mail should indicate "PEIS Comments" along with your name or your organization's name in the subject line of the e-mail. Provide your comments in either Microsoft Word format or Portable Document Format (PDF), and send to [jbartrid@energy.state.ca.us].

Those submitting comments by hard copy should indicate the "PEIS Comments" in the subject line or initial paragraph of the comments.

Please send or deliver materials to the following address:

California Energy Commission
Attn: Jim Bartridge
1516 Ninth Street, MS-46
Sacramento, CA 95814


Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, 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 [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 in advance.

News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989. If you have further questions about the workshops or the Energy Commission's role in the PEIS, please contact Jim Bartridge at (916) 654-4169, or by email [jbartrid@energy.state.ca.us].

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