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For immediate release: May 6, 2005
Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Workshops to Tackle Renewable Energy Goals and Issues

What: The Energy Commission will hold a two-day workshop to continue public discussions on the role of renewable electricity in the State's energy policy and overall power supply and demand.

When: May 9, 2005, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

When: May 10, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

Who: The Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee tasked with crafting a report that recommends energy policy to the Governor and the Legislature every two years, will hold the workshops. At the May 9th workshop, the Committee will seek public comment on renewable energy potential in California and its neighbors in the Western United States. At the May 10th meeting, the Committee will lead public discussions on issues related to the transmission of electricity from renewable power plants into the grid.

Why: The workshops are relevant because of California's accelerated Renewable Portfolio Standard goals to produce 20 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2010. The May 9th workshop will focus on the amount and geographical location of renewable energy resource potential in California and in other states within the regional Western Electricity Coordinating Council.

Renewable energy from resources such as the sun, wind, biomass and small hydroelectric resources offer the benefits of price stability, resource diversity and reduced dependence on fossil fuels, and less environmental impacts. Although these benefits are important for California consumers, issues have to be resolved in transmitting renewable generation into the electrical grid. The May 10th workshop will address these concerns. The Energy Commission also has contracted for a study on the best possible way to integrate renewable generation into the electrical grid without hindering its stability and the transmission of conventional electric power.

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