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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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Notice of Renewables Committee Workshop on the
revised Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) Renewables Committee will conduct a workshop to discuss changes to the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook (Guidebook). Commissioner John Geesman is the Presiding Member and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member.

2 p.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:

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 800-619-5712 by 2 p.m.
Call Leader: Payam Narvand


The previous Guidebook (Seventh Edition) for the Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) was adopted in June 2006. The Energy Commission's Renewables Committee (Committee) is proposing revisions to this Guidebook 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. It is anticipated that the proposed changes shall take effect on January 1, 2007, once approved by the Energy Commission at a publicly-noticed meeting. This workshop will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 6, following the Committee's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) workshop.

Summary of Changes

The Committee proposes the following changes to the Guidebook to be effective January 1, 2007:
  • Maintain the current rebate level for fuel cells at $3.00/watt, and for wind systems at $2.50/watt for the first 7.5 kW of capacity and $1.50/watt for incremental capacity above 7.5 kW and less than 30 kW.
  • Remove the following elements of the existing program according to recently enacted legislation, Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 1250, and Senate Bill 107:
    • Photovoltaic and solar thermal electric technologies.
    • Pilot Performance-Based Incentive Program (PBI).
    • Solar Schools Program.
    • New Housing sections and the removal of C-46 (solar) license as an eligible contractor state license to meet the installation requirement.
  • The addition and possible eligibility of fuel cells that meet the California Air Resources Board 2007 emission profile.
  • Fuel cell standard update to supersede ANSI/CSA America FC 1-2004 requirement.
  • Maximum system size language shall not exceed 100 percent of historical energy demand.
  • New revised inverter protocol.
  • Forms updated to match Guidebook changes.
  • Other clarifications of a non-substantive nature.

The proposed Guidebook changes will be available on the Energy Commission website at www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/index.html. Hard copies of the proposed Guidebook revisions are available by contacting Janet Preis by phone at (916) 654-4524 or by e-mail at [jpreis@energy.state.ca.us].

Starting January 1, 2007, the California Public Utilities Commission will implement a program that provides rebates for the installation of solar PV systems on existing residential buildings and new and existing non-residential buildings. This program, and the NSHP, will provide rebates for solar PV systems no longer eligible for funding under the revised Guidebook.


This Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook is one of several guidebooks the Energy Commission has adopted to implement the Renewable Energy Program pursuant to Senate Bill 10381 and Senate Bill 1832. Pursuant to Senate Bill 12503 and Senate Bill 1074, the current Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook will be revised to describe the requirements for receiving funding only for the installation and operation of eligible small wind and fuel cell systems. Photovoltaic and solar thermal electric systems will no longer be eligible for funding under the ERP.

Written Comments

Written comments on the October 2006 Staff Draft Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 7, 2006 to Docket Number 02-REN-1038. Please identify in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments as Comments on CEC-Staff Draft ERP Guidebook of October 2006. Please hand deliver or mail an original of your comments 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

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. Participants may also provide multiple copies for attendees at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop should be filed with the Dockets Unit and 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 Payam Narvand by phone at (916) 654-4017 or by e-mail at [pnarvand@energy.state.ca.us]. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

1Statutes 2002, Chapter 515, §§ 15 & 16, as codified in Public Utilities Code §§ 383.5 and 445.
2Statutes 2003, Chapter 666, §§ 1 & 2, as codified in Public Resources Code §§ 25401.6, and 25740 - 25751.
3Statues 2006, Chapter 512, § 11, as codified in Public Resources Code § 25744.5
4Statues 2006, Chapter 464, § 7, as codified in Public Resources Code § 25744.5

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

Mail List: Emerging Renewables 5505

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

Note: The California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Date Posted: 10/27/06, 2006

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