STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission



  Implementation of Renewables         )     Docket No. 02-REN-1038
  Investment Plan Legislation (Public  )     Renewable Energy Program
  Utilities Code Sections 381, 383.5,  )
  And 445 [SB 1038])                   )     Notice of Business Meeting
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NOTICE TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES
TO OVERALL PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK FOR
THE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM AND
REALLOCATION OF SB 90
FUNDS TO
THE EMERGING RENEWABLES PROGRAM

The California Energy Commission will consider adopting substantive changes to the Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program, and reallocating unexpended funds from the Existing Renewable Resources Account under Senate Bill 90 funding to the Emerging Renewables Program at its regularly scheduled Business Meeting on:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2004
10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:
www.energy.ca.gov/realaudio/

As part of the May 19, 2004 Business Meeting, the Energy Commission will consider adopting revisions to the Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program (Guidebook). This Guidebook was initially adopted in February 2003 to govern the Renewable Energy Program, and was revised April 21, 2004 to address the related administration of the Renewables Portfolio Standard and the New Renewable Facilities Program.

The Energy Commission's Renewables Committee (Committee) recommends these proposed changes pursuant to Public Resources Code section 25747, which authorizes the Energy Commission to adopt substantive changes to the Guidebook upon providing 10 days written notice. Changes shall take effect once approved at a publicly noticed meeting.

A copy of the proposed revisions shown relative to the adopted Guidebook with new text shown in underline and deleted text shown in strikeout is available from the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/02-REN-1038/documents/index.html

In summary, the Committee proposes to reallocate the $30,375,000 remaining in the Customer Credit Program element of the Renewable Energy Program to the Emerging Renewables Program element. The Energy Commission had previously recommended in its Customer Credit Renewable Resources Account: Report to the Governor and the Legislature that these funds be earmarked for the New Renewable Facilities Program. However, an increase in demand in the Emerging Renewables Program now dictates that these funds be reallocated to the Emerging Renewables Program.

The Energy Commission will also consider the reallocation of $15,000,000 in unexpended funds from the Existing Renewable Resources Account under Senate Bill 90 (SB 90, Sher, Statutes of 1997, Chapter 905) to the Emerging Renewables Program. The Energy Commission previously approved the reallocation of these SB 90 funds to the New Renewable Resources Account on a conditional basis to fund the third auction under this account, Notice of Auction 6-01-3, held in 2001. These funds were reallocated on a conditional basis because it was not known at the time the auction was held the amount of funding needed to fully fund winning bidders in the auction. The Energy Commission has now determined that this $15,000,000 in funding is not needed to fully fund winning bidders of Notice of Auction 6-01-3 and is therefore proposing to reallocate these funds to the Emerging Renewables Program.

These SB 90 funds became available to the Existing Renewable Facilities Program as rollover in accordance with the Energy Commission's legislative report entitled Investing in Renewable Electricity Generation in California (June 2001), and may be reallocated to the Emerging Renewables Program as well as other elements of the Renewable Energy Program pursuant to Public Resources Code section 25748.

Written Comments

The Energy Commission encourages members of the public to submit written comments on the proposed Guidebook revisions and reallocation of SB 90 funding in advance of the Business Meeting. An original and 12 copies of any comments filed by mail or in person should be provided to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. Parties may also file a single copy electronically with the Docket Unit and follow up with an original copy by mail. If you are providing written comments at the Business Meeting, please make an additional 50 copies available at the beginning of the meeting.

Please send or deliver written materials to:

California Energy Commission
Re: Docket No. 02-REN-1038
Dockets Unit, MS-4
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5504
E-mail: docket@energy.state.ca.us

All written materials filed with the Docket Unit will become part of the public record in these proceedings. The Committee strongly encourages parties to file written comments by close of business May 17, 2004, but will accept written comments up to the day of the Business Meeting.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this meeting, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

If you have technical questions of the subject matter of this notice, please contact Tim Tutt, Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program, by phone at (916) 654-4590, or by e-mail at [ttutt@energy.state.ca.us]. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

Date: May 7, 2004

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENERGY
RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee


JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

 




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