[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 ) Notice of Renewables
1038], [SB 1078]) ) Committee Hearing
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NOTICE OF RENEWABLES COMMITTEE HEARING
ON RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD PHASE 2 IMPLEMENTATION

The California Energy Commission's Renewables Committee will hold a hearing:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
Beginning at 10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The Energy Commission's Renewables Committee (Committee) seeks input from interested parties on the Renewable Portfolio Standard, Renewables Committee Decision on Phase 2 Implementation Issues – Final Draft Report. The report represents the Committee's proposed recommendations to the Energy Commission on supplemental energy payments, facility certification and accounting system issues in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) proceeding.

Previously, the Committee anticipated that the report would be considered for adoption at the September 17, 2003 Business Meeting. That meeting has been cancelled, however, and the Committee is taking this opportunity to accept final comments on the report prior to consideration for adoption. The report may be presented for adoption at the October 8, 2003 Business Meeting.

The report is available on the Energy Commission's website at:

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

A hard copy of the report may be obtained by calling Janet Preis at (916) 654-4530.

After the hearing, the Committee will make any necessary changes to finalize the report based on written and verbal comments received at the hearing. If the Committee finds that substantive revisions are needed, the Committee may delay adoption of the report to a meeting subsequent to October 8, 2003. Any changes to the report will be made available to stakeholders and member of the public in advance of the Business Meeting.

Once approved, the Energy Commission will implement the decisions contained in the report through guidelines. Public Utilities Code section 385.5(h)(1) gives the Energy Commission the authority to develop guidelines to implement portions of the RPS under SB 1078; these guidelines are exempt from the formal rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act. In November, the Committee intends to release the first draft of the guidelines for supplemental energy payments and certification of in-state renewable resources.

Background

The Energy Commission established the RPS proceeding 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). SB 1078 and SB 1038 were both signed by Governor Davis on September 12, 2002.

The Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission have established a collaborative process to develop rules to implement the state's RPS. The two agencies have also designated collaborative staff who work together on both agencies' proceedings.

The Committee developed the Phase 2 report based on input received at a two-day collaborative staff workshop on May 12 and 13, 2003, a Committee Hearing on July 14, 2003, written comments, staff analysis and technical support contractor assistance. The topics include certifying in-state renewable energy resources, establishing guidelines for making supplemental energy payments, and developing a tracking and verification system.

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 Dockets Office 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 web page. If you are providing written comments at the hearing, please make an additional 50 copies available at the beginning of the hearing. 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. Written comments will only be accepted until close of business September 29, 2003.

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 in the hearing 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 hearing, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5416 or by e-mail at [lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us] at least five days before the hearing.

Members of the public may also monitor the RPS proceeding through the Energy Commission's website at:

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

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: September 10, 2003

STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENERGY
RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee



JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

Date Mailed: September 10, 2003
Mass Mail List: RPS.xls