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Notice of Staff Workshop on
Geographical Information System Enabled Capability
for Combined Heat and Power

Geographical Information System enabled analysis is an interactive web-based tool to allow the consolidation of data to perform integrated siting and planning. The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to review work being conducted by Department of Energy-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop processes and tools to provide forecasting and planning information for increasing mixes of renewable generation and conventionally-fueled combined heat and power.

1 p.m.

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


This workshop will provide background information on the development of a Geographical Information System enabled interactive web-based tool. The purpose of this workshop is to gather input from the combined heat and power community to help the project target needed data sets.

Geographical Information System analysis allows questions to be answered by analyzing and presenting data in a way that is quickly understood. This requires an underlying database with information necessary to answer the questions. The user should also be allowed to add layers of information from a variety of sources. The project is developing the processes and tools to assimilate data and to provide forecasting and planning information. These tools will benefit the distributed generation market and promote an increasing mix of renewable generation and conventionally-fueled distributed generation and combined heat and power.

This workshop will be used as a forum to target the economic and other data sets of importance to the distributed generation and combined heat and power stakeholders. Staff will address any questions posed by attendees at this workshop.


Under the Renewable Portfolio Standard, California is faced with the challenge of managing rapid deployment of renewable resources while contending with limited transmission and other integration issues. The importance and potential for more combined heat and power was recognized in the Energy Commission's 2005 and 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Reports.

Promoting the use of distributed generation resources, including renewable power generation and combined heat and power, has tremendous environmental as well as economic benefits. However, these resources must be properly integrated to minimize any adverse impacts. A consolidated platform allows access to the latest renewable resource development, pinpoints locations for distributed generation, and identifies benefits and problems between distributed generation from multiple resources and the transmission and distribution grid. Geographic Information System analysis can be used to evaluate the impact of biomass, wind, solar, and combined heat and power projects to each other and to the grid. Trade-offs and impacts can be quickly analyzed by Energy Commission staff, industry, and other decision makers.

Geographical Information System capability supports California's goal to provide for the continued operation of cost-effective and environmentally-sound existing generation needed to meet current reliability needs and develop implementation paths for achieving renewable resource goals beyond 2010, including 33 percent renewable resources by 2020.

Written Comments

Written comments will not be incorporated into this workshop.

Remote Attendance

Web Conferencing - Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web conferencing system. For details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the Participation through WebEx section at the end of this notice.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office 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 and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [].

For technical questions on the subject matter, please call or email:

Jennifer Allen
Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service

Computer Logon with a Direct Phone Number:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number: 921 933 235
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@1pm
  • After you login, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. International callers can use the "Country/Region" button to help make their connection.

Computer Logon for Callers with an Extension Phone Number, etc.:

  • Please go to and enter the unique meeting number: 921 933 235
  • When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@1pm
  • After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL.
  • Instead call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your unique Attendee ID number which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you login. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).

Telephone Only (No Computer Access):

Call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the unique meeting number above. International callers can select their number from

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.

Mail Lists: distgen (Distributed Generation) - Electricity Lists
electricity (Electricity Issues) - Electricity Lists
transmission (Energy Corridor and Transmission Line Issues - Electricity Lists
Other email lists of combined heat and power stakeholders

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