For Immediate Release: April 11, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989
Stakeholder meeting on April 13 for 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 California's renewable energy planning efforts. The DRECP will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects.
Working group reports and consultant reports on topics such as conservation planning principles, conservation plans summary, and covered activities principles are among the scheduled topics. The meeting is open to the public. There will be a public comment period. The complete agenda and presentations will be posted before the meeting at: http://www.drecp.org/meetings/index.html
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Where: Participants will join the meeting through WebEx. To participate by telephone and/or by computer, click the following link and scroll to page 2: http://www.drecp.org/meetings/2011-04-13_meeting/2011-04-13_Meeting_Notice.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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