2015 Proposed Amendments to Title 20: Energy Commission Process, Procedure, and Power Plant Siting Regulations

Docket # 15-OIR-01

On November 17, 2014, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) approved an Order Instituting a Rulemaking (OIR) to begin the rulemaking process for proposed updates to the Energy Commission's general process and power plant siting regulations within Title 20 of the California Code of Regulations. The proposed updates address Energy Commission certification procedures and general process issues raised by staff and stakeholders as part of the Power Plant Siting Lessons Learned proceeding, Docket 10-SIT-OII-1 (http://www.energy.ca.gov/siting_lessons/) and Docket 14-OII-01 (http:/www.energy.ca.gov/title20/2014prerulemaking/).

This rulemaking encompasses the portions of the Energy Commission's Title 20 regulations that primarily relate to how the Energy Commission performs its duties. The proposed language changes arose from a multifaceted effort by Energy Commission staff to understand barriers to efficient process and effective public engagement. In response to stakeholder comments, Energy Commission staff performed a comprehensive review of the sections and developed language that addresses identified issues. The language makes the following changes to the regulations:

  • Clarifies the power of the chair to manage proceedings

  • Centralizes the role of the Docket Unit in document management

  • Updates document filing and service to reflect document management technology

  • Establishes a general centralized process for noticing public events

  • Consolidates and clarifies rules applicable to adjudicative proceedings

  • Clarifies the rights of parties, hearing record content, and basis for decisions in adjudicative proceedings

  • Establishes a defined comment period on the Staff Assessment and establishes a clear mechanism for Energy Commission staff to respond to comments on significant environmental issues

  • Consolidates elements of the Presiding Members Proposed Decision into one section

  • Creates a new request for investigation and complaint process that better reflects the role of the public and agency in enforcement.

  • Makes other changes designed to streamline and clarify the Energy Commission's internal procedures




For more information contact:

Angelique Juarez-Garcia
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-16
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 654-4048
E-mail: AJGarcia@energy.ca.gov



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