For Immediate Release: June 14, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Field visit tour on June 16 and June 17 for the
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

What: The Renewable Energy Action Team is conducting a field visit to potential renewable energy development areas in the west Mojave Desert and Imperial County as part of the development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).

The DRECP, a major component of California's renewable energy planning efforts, will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects. The DRECP stakeholder committee and public are invited to participate in the field visit.

When: Thursday, June 16, 2011, starting at 9:30 a.m., and Friday, June 17, 2011, starting at 9 a.m.

Where: -On June 16, meet at the parking lot of Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, California

-On June 17, meet at the parking lot of Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

The itinerary and driving directions for the field visit can be found at:
http://www.drecp.org/meetings/2011-06-16-17_meeting/2011-06-16-17_Notice.pdf

Attendees will be responsible for providing their own transportation. Participants are requested to contact Kristy Chew at the California Energy Commission who is coordinating ridesharing opportunities. She can be reached at (916) 654-4818 or by e-mail at kchew@energy.state.ca.us.

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 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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