[California Energy Commission Letterhead]




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 Staff Workshop
1038], [SB 1078]) )  
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Agenda for the Workshop

The California Energy Commission and the Western Governors' Association staff are hosting a series of six stakeholder workshops in locations throughout the west to seek input on the draft report: Needs Assessment for a Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System. The stakeholder workshop for California will be held:.

Beginning at 10 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details go to:

The intent of holding multiple workshops is to facilitate participation, but parties can participate fully in the process by attending one workshop.

Purpose of the Workshops

The Energy Commission and the Western Governors' Association (WGA) staff seek input from interested parties on the Needs Assessment of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System draft report.
The report is available on the Energy Commission's website at:


or at CRS' website at:


To facilitate participation, additional workshops are being held in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Portland, Oregon. Each workshop will follow the same agenda, which is attached, allowing interested parties to fully participate by attending one workshop that is the most convenient for them. Materials will be provided at each workshop and stakeholders will be given the opportunity to discuss the material and provide comments.

A report summarizing each workshop, including written and verbal comments received about the draft report Needs Assessment for a Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System will be prepared and made available to the public within 45 days of the closing date for comments.

A final report on the Needs Assessment for a Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System is expected to be issued on November 25, 2003.


The California Legislature has charged the Energy Commission with developing a tracking system for implementing the California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). On October 8, 2003, the Energy Commission adopted the Renewable Portfolio Standard: Decision on Phase 2 Implementation Issues, which recommends that the Energy Commission staff work with the WGA to develop a regional certificates-based renewable energy tracking system.

In June 2002, Western Governors adopted an amendment to the WGA resolution, Western States' Energy Policy Roadmap, supporting the creation of an independent regional tracking system to provide data necessary to substantiate and support verification and tracking renewable energy generation. The resolution includes a management directive charging WGA to bring Western stakeholders together to help define the institutional structure, design operating guidelines, and identify information needed to support tracking and accounting of renewable energy generation and registering Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in the Western Interconnection.

The Energy Commission and the WGA are working collaboratively to develop a Western-wide renewable tracking system. Accordingly, the WGA, with assistance from the Energy Commission, surveyed regulators, utilities, market participants, tribes, developers, and other stakeholders, solicited input on developing a western tracking system. The Needs Assessment Survey was sent out August 26, 2003 with comments requested by September 24, 2003.

Written Comments

The Energy Commission and WGA encourage members of the public to submit written comments to the Energy Commission as well as to the CRS. An original and 22 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 Energy Commission and CRS staff encourages comments to be submitted by e-mail so that comments may be posted on the RPS proceeding web page. If interested in filing comments by e-mail, please send one e-mail to [docket@energy.state.ca.us] and follow up with one original copy.

All written materials filed with the Energy Commission Docket Unit will become part of the public record in this proceeding. 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


Center for Resource Solutions
Presidio Bldg. 97 Arguello Blvd.
PO BOX 29512
San Francisco, CA 94129

E-mail: mlehman@resource-solutions.org

Written comments must be submitted by close of business November 10, 2003.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. Members of the public who would like information on how to participate in this workshop 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 require assistance to participate in this workshop, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5416 or by e-mail at [lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us] at least five days in advance.

If you have questions on the technical questions on the subject matter of this notice, please contact Rasa Keanini by phone at (916) 654-5379 or by e-mail at [rkeanini@energy.state.ca.us].

News media inquires should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at
(916) 654-4989.


Date online October 22, 2003




Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System

A collaborative effort to develop a tracking system
and registry for renewable energy certificates


Regional Stakeholder Workshops

Welcome from California Energy Commission

  1. Purpose of Workshop and Introduction: Western Governors' Association and California Energy Commission

  2. Needs Assessment Report, Presentation by Center for Resource Solutions

    • Survey Results
    • Recommendations in the Report
    • Questions posed to Stakeholders in the Report

  1. Comments and Open Discussion on Needs Assessment Report

    Interested parties who have prepared comments may present their comments first, then parties are invited to an open discussion.

  2. Next Step for WREGIS - Presentation by WGA and Center for Resource Solutions

  3. Comments and Open Discussion on Next Steps