For Immediate Release: March 18, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Desert conservation stakeholder committee
to hold public meeting in Riverside

What: The stakeholder committee formed to bring all parties interested in the California Desert Renewable Conservation Plan (DRECP) together as a group will hold its first public meeting.

When: 9am to noon, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Where: Music Room, Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, California

Who: DRECP Director Robert Copper will chair the meetings of the stakeholder committee composed of representatives from federal, state and county agencies, environmental groups, trade and individual renewable energy companies and investor owned and public electric utilities.

Why: The committee is an advisory group that will work with the California Energy Commission, the Bureau of Land Management and the Renewable Energy Action Team as the plan progresses. The California Natural Resources Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Fish and Game are ex-officio members of the committee.

Governor Schwarzenegger, through Executive Order S-14-08 established the DRECP to identify targets for increasing California renewable energy portfolio. The plan will help provide for effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects.

More information on the Governor's executive order is at:

The Governor's Renewable Energy Policy Conference to discuss the siting and permitting of large-scale energy projects in the California and beyond, will be held starting at 9am, the following day, March 24 at the Highlander Union Building of the University of California Riverside. For press information on the conference, please call Rachel Arrezola at 916-445-4571.

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