[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP

PUBLIC INTEREST ENERGY RESEARCH
ENERGY SYSTEM INTEGRATION PROGRAM


DEVELOPMENT OF
FIVE-YEAR TRANSMISSION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) PLAN


As part of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, the Energy Systems Integration (ESI) Research Program is developing a five-year research plan for transmission. The Energy Commission Research and Development Committee will hold a workshop to receive public comments on consultant draft reports assessing the status of transmission R&D and identify research initiatives that are appropriate for PIER funding.

The workshop is scheduled for:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2003
9:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Any or all Commissioners may attend this workshop. The Energy Commission will broadcast the audio portion of the workshop over the Internet. For more information, please go to:

www.energy.ca.gov/realaudio/

Workshop Objectives

In this workshop, the Committee will solicit public comments, suggestions, and recommendations on two draft consultant reports: California's Electricity System of the Future Scenario Analysis in Support of Public-Interest Transmission System R&D Planning and Electricity Transmission R&D Assessment and Gap Analysis. When finalized, these reports will be used to develop an Energy Commission Five-Year Electricity Transmission R&D Plan. The Committee will also discuss the schedule and process leading to the approval of this plan and multi-million dollar solicitation to be released in summer 2003.

The workshop will have three components:

  1. California's Electricity System of the Future, Scenario Analysis in Support of Public Interest Transmission System R&D Planning, Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss how industry uncertainty surrounding electric transmission grid regulation, planning, financing, and expansion could affect investment in public investment R&D.


  2. Transmission R&D Assessment and Gap Analysis, Navigant Consulting, Inc. Workshop participants will discuss recommendations and suggestions regarding key issues, gaps, and strategies identified in the research assessment.


  3. Options for Implementing a Transmission R&D Plan Workshop participants will have the opportunity to dialog with the Committee about a preferred implementation strategy.

The Committee will use public comments and technical feedback to refine and identify critical transmission research initiatives for California.

The Committee welcomes written comments or questions before the workshop. Written comments should be addressed to the following:

California Energy Commission
Attn: Linda Kelly
Energy Integration Systems Research Program
1516 Ninth Street, MS-43
Sacramento, CA 95814

Electronic comments sent to Linda Kelly at [lkelly@energy.state.ca.us] will be accepted in lieu of written comments or questions.

To help identify likely workshop participants, the staff requests individuals planning to attend the workshop; please RSVP Jamie Patterson by March 7, 2003 at (916) 657-4819 or by e-mail at [jpatters@energy.state.ca.us]. The staff will post the following items on the Energy Commission's website on or before February 21, 2003: an agenda for the March 12, 2003 workshop, a list of questions to guide the discussion at the workshop, and the consultant reports: California's Electricity System of the Future, Scenario Analysis in Support of Public-Interest Transmission System R&D Planning, and Transmission R&D Assessment and Gap Analysis.

www.energy.ca.gov/pier/strat/strat_research_trans6.html

Assistance
The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide assistance to the public regarding Energy Commission procedures and participation in Energy Commission activities. Anyone wishing to obtain information on how to participate in this workshop may reach the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations to participate in this workshop, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146.

News media should direct inquiries to Assistant Director Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989.


Date online: February 19, 2003


STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENERGY
RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


_________/SIGNED/__________
ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Research and Development Committee


_________/SIGNED/__________
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Associate Member
Research and Development Committee





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