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 CHANGES TO
EMERGING RENEWABLES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK
TO IMPLEMENT SOLAR SCHOOLS ELEMENT

The Commission's Business Meeting will be held:

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 its regularly scheduled Business Meeting on May 19, 2004, the California Energy Commission will consider proposed changes to the December 2003 Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) Guidebook specifying funding and eligibility requirements for public schools under the Solar Schools Program element.

The Commission's Renewables Committee recommends these proposed changes, pursuant to the Public Resources Code section 25747 which authorizes the Commission to adopt substantive changes to the ERP Guidebook upon providing 10 days written notice. Changes shall take effect once approved at the Business Meeting.

The proposed Guidebook changes for the Solar Schools element may be reviewed on-line at www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/emerging_renewables.html. Hardcopies are also available by contacting the call center at 1 (800) 555-7794. Changes are shown relative to the current guidelines, dated December 2003, with new text shown in underline and deleted text shown in strikeout.

The proposed Guidebook changes for the Solar Schools element were previously noticed in the Committee's April 22, 2004 Notice of Committee Workshop and discussed at the May 3, 2004 Committee Workshop with other proposed revisions to the ERP Guidebook. The Guidebook revisions for the Solar Schools element are being adopted on a separate track from the other ERP Guidebook revisions because matching funds for the Solar Schools element from the California Power Authority must be reserved by June 30, 2004.

In summary, the Committee is proposing eligibility requirements for public schools consistent with the current ERP guidelines and funding limitations and is adding a preliminary reservation option for eligible school districts. The Solar Schools element will enable public schools, kindergarten through grade 12, to be eligible for twice the rebate offered to other ERP participants until available supplemental funds are fully reserved.

Written Comments

The Energy Commission encourages members of the public to submit written comments on the proposed Guidebook revisions 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 Dockets Unit. Parties may also file a single copy electronically with the Dockets Unit and follow up with an original copy by mail. The Committee encourages comments to be submitted by e-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 Dockets Unit will become part of the public record in this proceeding. 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 on the subject matter of this notice, please contact Melinda Merritt, Solar Schools Program Manager, by phone at (916) 654-4536, or by e-mail at [mmerritt@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

 




Date Mailed: May 7, 2004
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