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Implementation of Renewables )      Docket No. 02-REN-1038
Investment Plan Legislation )        
(Public Utilities Code Sections )      Renewable Energy Program
381, 383.5, and 445; [SB 1038])* )      NOTICE OF BUSINESS MEETING
)      RE: Changes to the Existing Renewable
   )      Facilities Program Guidebook
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Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) will hold a regularly scheduled Business Meeting on:

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2006
10 a.m.
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:

As part of the June 29, 2006, Business Meeting, the Energy Commission will consider adopting revisions to the Guidebook for the Existing Renewable Facilities Program (Guidebook). This Guidebook was initially adopted in February 2003.

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

The California Biomass Energy Alliance (CBEA) submitted a request to the Committee that the target price and the cap in the Existing Renewable Facilities Program (ERFP) be maintained for Tier 1 biomass facilities at the current level for generation from July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006. The target price and cap for Tier 1 biomass facilities is currently 5.87 cents/kWh and 1.5 cents/kWh, respectively, and are scheduled to decrease by 0.5 cents/kWh on July 1, 2006. The request by the CBEA reflects increases in the cost of diesel fuel to collect, process, and transport biomass fuel.

The Committee has considered the CBEA's request, and is recommending the target price and cap be maintained at the current level pursuant to Public Resources Code section 25742, subdivision (b), which authorizes the Energy Commission to adjust these values for inflation and to reflect changing market and contractual conditions.

The proposed Guidebook revisions are posted on the Energy Commission's website at:


Printed copies of the proposed Guidebook revisions may be obtained by contacting Janet Preis by phone at: (916) 654-4524 or by e-mail at: [jpreis@energy.state.ca.us].

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 21 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
Docket 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 this proceeding.

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 concerning the subject matter of this notice, please contact Tony Gon¨alves by phone at: (916) 654-5168 or by e-mail at: [tgoncalv@energy.state.ca.us]. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at: (916) 654-4989.

Mail List: 5503 Existing Renewables

* Amended and recast as Public Resources Code sections 25740 through 25751 pursuant to SB 183 (stats. 2003, ch. 666).

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Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee
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Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

Date Posted: June 16, 2006

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