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For Immediate Release: January 16, 2007
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Statewide Avian Guidelines Workshop
Advancing wind energy in California


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission and the Department of Fish and Game will host a two-day workshop in Riverside, California, to discuss the staff draft report on the development of statewide guidelines that protect birds and bats while developing wind energy.

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 September 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.

This workshop provides a forum for discussion of the draft guidelines and the public is encouraged to attend and present their views either in writing or at the workshop.

When:

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:

University of California, Riverside
Pentland Hills Room B107
One Pentland Way
Riverside, CA

Map and directions to University of California, Riverside
www.campusmap.ucr.edu/directions.html
www.campusmap.ucr.edu/campusMap.php

Workshop Agenda
www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/06-OII-1/notices/2007-01-17&18_AGENDA.PDF

Draft Staff Report-Statewide Guidelines for reducing impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development.
www.energy.ca.gov/2006publications/CEC-700-2006-013/CEC-700-2006-013-SD.PDF

Reserved parking for the workshop will be available in Lot 13. An attendant selling parking passes will be in Lot 13 one hour before and after the beginning of the workshop. Parking passes may also be purchased from the information kiosks.

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 1-888-664-9852. Pass Code: Riverside 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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