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Notice of Project Steering Committee Meeting on
the California Energy Commission's Public Interest
Energy Research (PIER) Environmental Area Program
on Planning Alternative Corridors for Transmission
Lines and Other Energy Developments

The Environmental Area staff of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program will conduct a final Project Steering Committee meeting to observe and discuss a demonstration of a web-based decision support tool for documenting and communicating complex environmental and engineering analysis of potential energy developments. The tool, called PACT, has been beta tested and will soon be alpha tested on real world renewable development scenarios.

9:30 a.m.

1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room B
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)


The PIER program has developed a web-based application called Planning Alternative Corridors for Transmission (PACT). PACT is a decision support tool designed to provide a technically valid and transparent method for comparing the environmental and engineering merits of alternative transmission line routes. This research program was developed with guidance from a Project Steering Committee with representatives from agencies, utilities, conservation groups, and other stakeholders. The purpose of this final Project Steering Committee meeting is to describe the latest developments and demonstrate the nearly completed tool.


The PACT decision support tool can be used to evaluate alternative sites for energy development areas. PACT was initially developed to help facilitate transmission line siting, but it can be used to analyze and compare other footprints (e.g., generation facility, substation, conservation areas). PACT was developed to support siting decisions made by utility planners and regulators and to effectively communicate the analysis and decisions to all interested stakeholders. The tool is intended to be sufficiently flexible and robust to be used in site design and regulatory evaluation, from early planning stages through administrative hearings.

The meeting is intended to update the Steering Committee on latest developments, provide an on-line demonstration of the PACT, and allow committee members a hands-on exercise. Next steps to test the tool using a real world, complex project, further refinements as needed and hosting requirements will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public and there will be an opportunity at the end of the meeting for public comment or discussion.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Elena Miller, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Linda Spiegel, PIER Environmental Program Area Team Lead at (916) 654-4703, or by e-mail at


Planning Alternative Corridors for Transmission (PACT) Project
Project Steering Committee Workshop

August 19, 2008 (CEC Hearing Room B)

Purpose: To describe the development progress of the PACT tools and to
provide a demonstration of the nearly completed tool.

10:00 Welcome - Roger Johnson / Linda Spiegel
Energy Commission

10:10 Introductions, Logistics, Agenda Review - Lewis Michaelson
Katz & Associates

10:20 Update on PSC and TAG Involvement - Susan Lee
Aspen Environmental Group

10:40 Users and the PACT Tools - Mary Deming, SCE

  • Planners
  • Stakeholders
  • Regulators
  • Public

11:00 - 11:20 BREAK

11:20 Overview of Project Planning with PACT Application Tools - Mary Deming

12:00 - 1:00 BREAK

1:00 PACT Web Site Application Demonstration - Mary Deming & Rose Melzer
SCE, Facet Decision Systems

2:30 - 2:45 BREAK

2:45 Hosting the Tool - Susan Munroe & Linda Spiegel
Facet Decision Systems and CEC

3:00 Training Schedule and Final Report - Linda Spiegel

3:10 PSC Comments and Discussion - Lewis Michaelson

3:30 Acknowledgements and Adjournment - Roger Johnson

3:30 - 5:00 Hands-on Exercise (Optional)

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