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Notice of Staff Workshop:
The Energy Aware Planning Guide

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to present the Energy Aware Planning Guide and to solicit feedback from interested stakeholders. The objective is to provide greater continuity with on-going planning efforts and to further improve the applicability and content of the document. The entire document can be found on-line at

10 a.m. to 4 p.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 purpose of this workshop is to provide interested stakeholders the opportunity to review and comment on the Energy Aware Planning Guide. Agenda topics include:

  • Review of the Energy Aware Planning Guide content and scope
  • Types of reductions in vehicle miles traveled through transportation and land use strategies
  • Strategies to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption
  • Synergies between different transportation and land use strategies
  • Case studies of successful compact development/transit oriented development projects in California cities
  • Using the guide to reduce greenhouse gases, to create an energy action plan, and to develop general plans
  • Marketing the guide
  • Group discussion and next steps


The Energy Aware Planning Guide, developed by the California Energy Commission in 1993 and updated in 2009, is a comprehensive resource for local governments seeking to reduce energy use, reduce greenhouse gases, improve energy efficiency and increase usage of renewable energy across all sectors. Wiser use of energy resources can lead to cost savings for local governments, residents, and businesses; reinvestment in the local economy; improved quality of life and public health; increased compliance with state and federal goals; and a more secure future.

The Energy Aware Planning Guide presents a menu of strategies and best management practices to help local governments improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption through transportation and land use and enhance renewable sources of energy. Strategies explored include: transportation and land use changes, optimizing water use, building improvements, and other strategies. Each strategy section contains general plan language ideas, implementation ideas, case studies, and resources. The Energy Aware Planning Guide also contains supporting information and references to help local governments organize strategies into an energy action plan and estimate the likely energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction impacts of their strategies. The document can be found on-line at

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

For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Monica Rudman at (916) 654-4462 or by email at

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

Computer Logon with a Direct Phone Number:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number:
    928 987 521
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@10
  • 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.

Computer Logon for Callers with an Extension Phone Number, etc.:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number
    928 987 521
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@10
  • After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL.
  • Instead call 1-866-469-3239 (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 login. 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 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the unique 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 1-866-229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.

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