For Immediate Release: June 15, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public meeting in Victorville June 18th on a desert renewable energy development and conservation plan

What: A public meeting will be held on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a major component of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Renewable Energy Executive Order (S-14-08).

Stakeholders and the public will receive information on the plan's scope and schedule. They will also have an opportunity to comment on this planning effort. The Victorville gathering follows kick-off meetings held in March in Sacramento and Palm Springs.

When: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2009

Where: Training Rooms, Victorville City Hall, 14343 Civic Drive, Victorville, California

(The DRECP workshop follows a meeting of the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) to be held at the same location starting at 10 a.m. RETI is a non-regulatory, statewide planning process to identify where transmission lines could be built to help access remotely located renewable generation.)

The DRECP study area covers the Mojave and Colorado Desert regions, including land in Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties.

Who: The Renewable Energy Action Team, composed of representatives from the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will lead the DRECP workshop.

The team is tasked with developing the DRECP, which will include a conservation strategy that identifies areas suitable for renewable energy development with the least environmental impact. The DRECP will streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects while supporting regional wildlife habitat conservation.

Why: Many renewable energy projects have been proposed in the Southern California desert due to the State's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. The Governor's Renewable Energy Executive Order raised the RPS goal to 33 percent of retail electricity sales by 2020. State policy prefers in-state generation of renewable energy, but project developers must find both environmentally acceptable and economical sites. The DRECP should facilitate this renewable energy facility siting.

For more details of the Victorville workshop, click on:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/33by2020/notices/2009-06-18_Notice_Renewable_Energy_DRECP_and_EO_Workshop.pdf

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