For Immediate Release: January 10, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Stakeholder meeting in Ontario on January 12 and 13 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 former 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.

Working group reports and discussions will be covered on January 12. Consultant reports and a workshop to identify additional key decisions for developing and implementing the DRECP will be covered on January 13.

The meeting is open to the public. There will be a public comment period on both days.

When: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2011 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, January, 13, 2011

Where: Meeting Room 107 ABC, 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.drecp.org/meetings/2011-01-12+13_meeting/2011-01-12+13_Notice_DRECP_Stakeholder_Meeting.pdf

Who: The California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Game, the 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 biological conservation and 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, recreation organizations, Native American organizations, and electric utilities. State and federal agencies also participate in stakeholder committee meetings.

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 will facilitate this renewable energy facility siting. More information on the DRECP can be found at www.drecp.org.

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