In the Matter of:
Developing Statewide Avian Guidelines
Docket No. 06-OII-1
NOTICE OF STAFF WORKSHOP
The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to seek public input on the development of statewide guidelines to reduce potential impacts of wind energy development to birds and bats. The workshop will be held on:
FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2006
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet. For details, please go to: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/
To participate by phone, please call 800-857-1738 by 9:55 a.m. Passcode: (Workshop) Call Leader: (John Mathias)
On May 24, 2006, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) adopted an Order Instituting Informational (OII) proceeding to develop statewide guidelines to help reduce the impacts of wind energy development on birds and bats (Docket No. 06-OII-1). The OII delegated authority to develop statewide guidelines to the Energy Commission's Renewables Committee. The Energy Commission, working with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), is developing these voluntary guidelines intended for use by local government lead agencies such as counties and cities to facilitate the permitting and environmental review process for wind energy development in California. These guidelines will be developed using the best available science and a collaborative approach that includes stakeholders and the public. The goal of the proceeding is to encourage the development of wind energy in the state while minimizing impacts to wildlife.
The Renewables Committee held a hearing on June 9, 2006 to seek public comment from wind industry representatives, environmental organizations, and other stakeholders about the guideline development. The agenda, presentations, and a transcript from the June 9 hearing are available at http://www.energy.ca.gov/windguidelines/documents/index.html. Stakeholder comments received during and after the hearing indicated a strong interest in having the guideline development process be as public and inclusive as possible and encouraged the Energy Commission to hold multiple workshops on the topics that will be addressed in the guidelines.
This workshop will provide a forum for discussion about the introductory chapter of the guidelines, including the need and purpose of the guidelines; their relationship to existing local, state, and federal laws; and how to incorporate useful elements of guidelines from other states and countries into California's guidelines. In addition, pre-and post-construction monitoring, mitigation, and other key issues will be discussed. Attachment A includes some questions that will be discussed at the workshop and background information relevant to these questions.
The Energy Commission encourages interested parties to present their views either in writing or orally at the workshop.
Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 11, 2006. Please include the docket number 06-OII-1 and indicate "Developing Statewide Avian Guidelines" in the subject line of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 12 paper copies to:
California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-OII-1
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.
Participants may also provide an original and 12 copies at the beginning of the hearing. All written materials relating to this hearing will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.
The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, 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 [email@example.com]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days before the workshop. Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989. If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please contact Rick York, Senior Biologist at [firstname.lastname@example.org].