For Immediate Release: May 13, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Stakeholder meeting on May 17 and May 18 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.

Scheduled topics include working group reports, a summary overview and discussion of the DRECP framework conservation strategy, and a discussion of the California Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report and its role in calculating the amount of renewable energy needed in the DRECP planning area to meet statewide policy goals. There will be a public comment period. The complete agenda will be posted before the meeting at: http://www.drecp.org/meetings/index.html

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport, Grove Ballroom, 222 North Vineyard Avenue, 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/2011-05-17_meeting/2011-05-17+18_DRECP_Stakeholder_Meeting_Notice.pdf

Who: The 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. On April 12, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a new law requiring utilities to obtain 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources 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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