For Immediate Release: August 10, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey _ 916_654_4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Stakeholder meeting in Ontario on August 11 on the
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

What: A stakeholder meeting will be held on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a major component of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Renewable Energy Executive Order. The DRECP will streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects while supporting regional wildlife habitat conservation. The meeting is open to the public.

Attendees will receive information on a range of topics including progress towards developing the DRECP. Independent science advisors will present recommendations on how to design wildlife preserves to mitigate for desert habitat lost due to renewable energy facility construction. State agency representatives will offer an interim mitigation strategy for habitat losses while the DRECP is being developed.

There will be opportunity for the public to comment on this planning effort at the meeting.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Where: Room 104B, Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, California People unable to attend the meeting can participate by telephone and/or by computer. Click the following link and scroll to page 3: http://www.energy.ca.gov/33by2020/notices/2010-08-11_Notice_DRECP_Stakeholder_Meeting.pdf.

Who: The California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Game, federal Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comprise the Renewable Energy Action Team. The team’s task is to develop and implement the DRECP, which will identify areas suitable for renewable energy development with the least environmental impact. 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.

The DRECP stakeholder committee provides a forum for public participation and input. Committee members include the counties in the desert region, renewable energy developers, environmental organizations, electric utilities, and state and federal agencies.

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 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. More information on the DRECP can be found at www.drecp.org.

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