[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

 

Implementation of Renewables ) Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
Portfolio Standard Legislation (Public ) RPS Proceeding
Utilities Code Sections 381, 383.5, )  
399.11 through 399.15, and 445; [SB )  
1038], [SB1078]) ) Notice of Business Meeting
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NOTICE TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE REPORT ON
RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD PHASE I IMPLEMENTATION

The Energy Commission's Business Meeting will be held:

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2003
1 p.m.
Note Start Time!
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

As part of its regularly scheduled Business Meeting on June 11, 2003, the Energy Commission will consider adopting the Renewables Committee (Committee) Renewables Portfolio Standard - Decision on Phase I Implementation Issues. The report represents the Committee's proposed recommendations to the Energy Commission on Phase I issues in the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) proceeding.

The RPS proceeding was established by the Energy Commission on March 5, 2003 in response to Senate Bill 1078 (SB 1078, Sher, Statutes of 2002, Chapter 516) and Senate Bill 1038 (SB 1038, Sher, Statutes of 2002, Chapter 515), both signed by Governor Davis on September 12, 2002. The RPS proceeding is divided into three broad phases, with Phase I issues being those that can be resolved in the next several months.

On March 25, 2003, the Energy Commission staff held a workshop to solicit input from stakeholders on Phase 1 issues. The topics discussed included defining eligible resources, determining what constitutes incremental geothermal, and deciding whether and to what extent out-of-state power should be eligible.

On April 25, 2003, the Committee issued a draft of the report that incorporated written and oral comments received at the staff workshop. The Committee then held a hearing on May 5, 2003 to receive public comment on the draft report.

Participants in both the staff workshop and the Committee hearing included trade organizations, environmental groups, consumer protection organizations, utilities, state and county government agencies, and marketers.

The Committee developed the report based on oral and written comments from the March 25, 2003 staff workshop and May 5, 2003 Committee Hearing, and on the expertise of Energy Commission staff and technical support contractors.

Once adopted by the Energy Commission, the decisions contained in the report will be implemented as part of guidelines on certification of renewable resources and distribution of supplemental energy payments, which will be developed during Phase 2 of the RPS Proceeding. Public Utilities Code section 385.5(h)(1) gives the Energy Commission authority to develop guidelines to implement portions of the RPS under SB 1078, with these guidelines exempt from the formal rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act.

A copy of the report is attached, and is also available on the Energy Commission's website at:

[ www.energy.ca.gov/portfolio/documents/index.html ].

Written Comments

The Energy Commission encourages members of the public to submit written comments in advance of the hearing. An original and eleven copies of any comments filed by mail or in person should be provided to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. Parties may also file a single copy electronically with the Docket Unit and follow up with an original copy by mail. The Committee encourages comments to be submitted by e-mail so that comments may be posted on the RPS proceeding webpage. Please send or deliver written materials to:

California Energy Commission
Re: Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
Docket Unit, MS-4
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504
E-Mail: docket@energy.state.ca.us


All written materials filed with the Docket Unit will become part of the public record in this proceeding. The Committee strongly encourages parties to file written comments by close of business June 9, 2003 but will accept written comments up to the day of the Business Meeting.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, provides assistance regarding participation in Energy Commission activities. Members of the public who would like information on how to participate may contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, FAX at (916) 654-4493, or e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in the Business Meeting, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5416 or by e-mail at [lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us] at least five days before the Business Meeting.

Members of the public who have technical questions regarding this notice may contact Tim Tutt, Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program by phone at (916) 654-4590 or by e-mail at [ttutt@energy.state.ca.us]. News media should direct inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989 or by e-mail at [energia@energy.ca.gov].


Date: May 30, 2003 STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENERGY
RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION




JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee


JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

 

Date Mailed: May 30, 2003
Mass Mail List: Master RPS.xls