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For Immediate Release: September 18, 2006
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Statewide Avian Guidelines Development Workshop
Advancing the expansion of wind energy in California


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission will host a two-day workshop in Bakersfield, California, to develop statewide guidelines that protect birds, while developing wind energy.

"Currently, wind projects are handled at the local level; there are no statewide guidelines in place to help reduce the impacts of wind development on birds and bats. A collaborative effort can solve this problem that is occurring on a national scale," commented Energy Commissioner John Geesman. The 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report recommends that statewide protocols should be developed to study avian mortality and address site-specific impacts in each individual wind resource area.

California was the first state to develop large wind farms, beginning in the early 1980s. As of July 2006, California has installed over 2,323 megawatts of wind power, which is enough electricity to power almost 700,000 homes. One megawatt of wind capacity supplies enough power for 240 to 300 homes.

California's major wind energy resources are in three areas: Altamont Pass (east of San Francisco), San Gorgonio Pass (near Palm Springs), and Tehachapi (southeast of Bakersfield). Ninety-five percent of all California's wind generating capacity and output are produced at these areas.

When:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 28, 2006
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where:
Aera Energy Training Room
Rayburn S. Dezember Leadership Development Center
9001 Stockdale Highway
California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, California

Map and directions to California State University, Bakersfield.
www.csub.edu/dlc/Map_to_LDC_April_2003.pdf
Parking passes for parking lot J will be available at the workshop.

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 1-888-455-9639.
Pass Code: 37600
Call Leader: John Mathias

More information on California's Statewide Guidelines to reduce wildlife impacts from wind energy development is available on the California Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/06-OII-1/
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