[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission

In the Matter of:                           )     Docket No. 99-AFC-3
Application for Certification for the       )	  ORDER re:  FINANCIAL HARDSHIP
Metcalf Energy Center [Calpine              )     PETITION -and- ELECTRONIC FILING
Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc.]  )     


"Californians for Renewable Energy" (CARE), an Intervenor in these proceedings, has filed a "Financial Hardship Petition." CARE seeks relief from its duties to: file twelve paper copies of its submittals with the Commission Docket Unit; and serve its submittals upon all other parties of record in a written format. CARE asserts these filing requirements create an undue financial hardship. In the alternative, CARE proposes to electronically file and serve its documents, providing other parties who do not have access to the Internet mail system with written copies "once the Commission has provided such list in Internet mail format."


Recent revisions to Commission regulations (adopted June 14, 2000 and effective June 21, 2000) provide that "[f]ormal filings mayÉbe submitted electronically" [20 Cal. Code of Regs., § 1209(a)] in specified formats, including "Éinternet e-mail." [20 Cal. Code of Regs., § 1209.5 (a) (3).]

Paper copies of all filings must still be served by first class mail, unless a party agrees to receive filings electronically. [20 Cal. Code of Regs., § 1210 (a).] Parties filing documents with the Commission's Docket Unit must provide either twelve paper copies or, alternatively, one original paper copy and electronic copies in specified formats. [20 Cal. Code of Regs., § 1209 (c).] The Office of the Public Adviser has identified which parties in this proceeding desire to accept electronic filings from CARE. The e-mail addresses for those parties who have so consented are reflected upon the attached Proof of Service list.

These regulatory revisions directly address the substance of CARE's Petition. Under the newly adopted regulations, CARE may serve its filings, via internet e-mail, on the majority of those appearing on the Proof of Service list. Moreover, CARE now needs to provide the Docket Unit with only a single original paper copy in addition to an electronic copy. In light of these new and substantially less onerous filing requirements, it appears any "hardship" issues raised in the Petition have been rendered moot.


Intervenor CARE may serve its future filings by internet e-mail upon those appearing on the Proof of Service list who have e-mail addresses indicated. CARE must continue to provide paper copies of all its filings to the other parties, and must provide the Commission Docket Unit with one original paper copy and one electronic copy of all filings.

All filings, whether paper or electronic, must continue to meet filing dates established by the Committee.

Date On-line: June 23, 2000


ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Presiding Member
Metcalf AFC Committee

Associate Member
Metcalf AFC Committee

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