For Immediate Release: March 9, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Attention City and Assignment Editors:

Public meeting set March 12th on Governor's executive order stepping up renewable energy development

The first of two public meetings will be held to discuss what's been done and what remains to be done to fulfill the directives of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order advancing California's renewable energy development.

When: Beginning at 9:30am, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Where: Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Who: Several agencies are participating. These are the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Game (CDGF), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the United States Fish and the Wildlife Service (USFWS). Also invited are local governments with jurisdictions that include portions of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, other interested stakeholders and members of the public.

Why: The Sacramento gathering, and a second meeting scheduled in Palm Springs on March 17th, are in line with the Governor's Executive Order S-14-08 directing state agencies to implement directives on natural resource conservation planning and renewable energy permitting. Many renewable energy projects will be located on federal land and will require close cooperation among permitting agencies such as the Energy Commission and the CPUC, land management agencies such as the BLM and the resource agencies such as the CDGF and the USFWS. The objective is to solidify California's goal of producing 33 percent of its energy from sources like solar, wind and geothermal by the year 2020.

In setting the nation's most aggressive objective for renewable energy production, the governor will also propose legislative language that will codify the new, higher renewable portfolio standards and require all public and private utilities to meet the 33 percent requirement by the target year.

What: At the scoping meetings, participating agencies will describe the progress being made under Executive Order S-14-08. They will also solicit input from stakeholders and the public. An overview and summary of the elements of EO S-1408 is on tap, along with a description and summary of supporting efforts, including the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) and Western Renewable Energy Zone (WREZ). Also scheduled are discussions among regulatory agencies, industry and environmental organizations on topics related to the governor's executive order.

For more details of the scoping meetings, click on
www.energy.ca.gov/33by2020/documents

Additional information on Executive Order S-14-08 is at:
http://gov.ca.gov/executive-order/11072/

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