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Public Meeting of the
Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI)


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009
1:30 p.m.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Auditorium
6201 S Street (note address correction)
Sacramento, CA 95852
(Wheelchair Accessible)
&
Via Internet WebEx

Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via the WebEx web conferencing system. For details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the "Participation through WebEx" section below.

Purpose

This meeting will give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the purpose, goals and work of California's Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI), including Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZs) identified to date and the RETI Phase 2A Draft Report that was released on June 3, 2009. Participants are invited to provide their comments on and suggestions for RETI's work, and feedback on the report to members of the Stakeholder Steering Committee (SSC).

California has adopted energy policies to increase the generation of electricity from renewable energy resources. In November 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order to streamline California's renewable energy project approval process and increase the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33 percent renewable power by 2020. Implementing these policies requires extensive improvements to California's electric transmission infrastructure.

RETI is a non-regulatory statewide planning process that is seeking consensus to identify the transmission projects needed to accommodate California's renewable energy goals. RETI is an open and transparent collaborative process where all interested parties are encouraged to participate.

The RETI Phase 1B Final Report was approved by the SSC on December 17, 2008 and is available at www.energy.ca.gov/reti/. The Phase 2A Draft Report confirmed and/or revised the environmental and economic inputs developed in Phase 1B, re-evaluated and redrew CREZ boundaries where necessary, and identified an initial statewide conceptual transmission plan. Further refinement of the conceptual transmission plan will be undertaken in Phase 2B.

Any materials available in advance of the meeting will be posted on the RETI website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/reti/plenary/index.html.

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

COMPUTER LOGON WITH A DIRECT PHONE NUMBER

  1. Please go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the meeting number: 926 328 955.
  2. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@130.
  3. 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.

  1. Please go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the meeting number: 926 328 955.
  2. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@130.
  3. After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number.
  4. 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 https://energy.webex.com/energy/globalcallin.php.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

For help with problems or questions trying to join or attend the meeting, please call WebEx Technical Support at 1-866-229-3239.

System Requirements: To see if your computer is compatible, visit http://support.webex.com/support/system-requirements.html.

Meeting Preparation: The playback of UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files requires appropriate players. To view this type of rich media files in the meeting, please check whether you have the players installed on your computer by going to https://energy.webex.com/energy/systemdiagnosis.php.

Please be aware that the workshop's WebEx audio and onscreen activity may be recorded.

Parking and Transportation Information

Please note that parking at SMUD is extremely limited; however the site is available via Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail, 65th and University stop, as well as via local bus routes. Additional local transit information is available at http://www.sacrt.com/.

Contact Information

For technical questions, please contact Dave Olsen at (805) 653-6881 or by e-mail at dave@daveolsen.net or Rich Ferguson at (707) 684-0393 or by e-mail at rich@ceert.org. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

To review the RETI Mission Statement, sign up on the RETI List Server to receive automatic notifications of future meetings, or review posted documents and other information, please refer to the RETI website at www.energy.ca.gov/reti/.

Additional Information

If you would like information on how to participate in this meeting, please contact the Energy Commission 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 publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us.

Please direct media inquiries to either the Energy Commission's Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by email: at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]; or to the California Public Utilities Commission's press officer, Terrie Prosper at (415) 703-2160 or by email at tdp@cpuc.ca.gov.

Date: June 8, 2009

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