For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989
California Energy Commission Launches Online Systems for Public Comments
and Official Filings for Power Plant Proceedings
SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has launched online systems to increase public participation in power plant proceedings and speed the filing and retrieval of official documents.
The Web-based "e-commenting" and "e-filing" tools and procedures, officially launched after a pilot phase, are intended to make it easier for the public to participate in power plant licensing, compliance, and complaint proceedings before the Commission. The tools are also designed to ease the administrative burden for parties involved in power plant cases, reducing the time, money and printing required to file and serve documents. All users have access to a new online database of power plant comments and documents.
E-commenting allows the public to express their views about a proceeding by submitting comments and supporting documents using a convenient form on the individual power plant page on the Commission's website, or in the general information about e-commenting and e-filing section at http://www.energy.ca.gov/e-filing/
Parties participating in power plant cases such as the project applicant, Commission staff, public agencies or an intervenor can now file documents through the web page for each project. After the Commission's dockets unit reviews and approves the materials, the e-filing system automatically notifies and serves them to other parties in the proceeding. The public may also subscribe to an electronic mailing list to receive these notices by e-mail. The public comments and documents are added to a searchable database and the proceeding docket log.
Members of the public are encouraged to use the new e-commenting system, but may continue to submit comments by paper, e-mail or other means. Beginning Nov. 1, 2013, parties in power plant proceedings will be required to e-file documents. Parties can request a waiver from the e-filing requirement if they believe it is a hardship.
The new systems were created for the Commission's power plant proceedings because these generate the majority of the docketed documents. The Commission may consider expanding the systems to its non-power plant related proceedings in the future.
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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies. For more information, visit: www.energy.ca.gov or www.energy.ca.gov/releases/.
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