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Notice of Staff Workshop
On Research for Avian and Bat Issues in Wind Areas

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to scope research topics to be included in development of a Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Environmental Area roadmap on avian and bat issues in wind areas.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Agenda for Workshop

You can join the meeting on the Internet using WebEx, the Energy Commission's web conferencing service.

WebEx Log on Information

Topic: Scoping a Wind and Avian/Bat Research Roadmap
Link: https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=89144807&UID=46819167
Meeting Number: 929 206 069
Meeting Password: nov2@cec

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Purpose

The purpose of this workshop is to identify research to increase the certainty in methods and metrics for assessing and mitigating potential impacts to birds and bats from wind facility developments. The workshop will provide a forum to discuss the draft list of research topics developed by staff and available at www.energy.ca.gov/windguidelines/documents/2006-09-29_BIRKINSHAW_LETTER.PDF. The workshop will facilitate development of a research agenda for pre-construction, post-construction and mitigation for birds and bats. The information collected will be used to develop a draft research roadmap.

The Energy Commission encourages interested parties to present their views either in writing or orally at the workshop. A workshop agenda will be posted approximately one week before the workshop.

Background

Because of the barrier avian issues represent to wind development and to achieving statewide renewable energy goals, the Energy Commission is initiating a research program designed to provide an empirical foundation to wind energy facility siting guidelines. The kick off was announced at the August 28, 2006 staff workshop in support of developing Statewide Guidelines for Reducing Wildlife Impact from Wind Energy Development (06-OII-1), available at www.energy.ca.gov/windguidelines/index.html. This research program will compliment that process.

The Energy Commission uses a roadmapping process to establish the research agenda. The roadmap will identify gaps in ongoing research as it relates to selected issues, facilitate collaboration, and define short, mid, and long-term goals. The product of this workshop will be used to develop a draft roadmap and will likely define the research for the next several years.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2006. Please indicate Wind and Avian/Bat Research Roadmap in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail to:

Melinda Dorin
California Energy Commission
PIER - Environmental Area
1516 Ninth Street MS-43
Sacramento, CA 95814

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 [mdorin@energy.state.ca.us].

All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the PIER Environmental Area Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

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 [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. 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 Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

For technical questions on the subject matter, please call Linda Spiegel at (916) 654-4703 or e-mail at [lspiegel@energy.state.ca.us].