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In the Matter of:


Development of Statewide Guidelines for Reducing Wildlife Impacts from Wind Energy Development

Docket No. 06-OII-1

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

 

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) Renewables Committee will conduct a hearing to accept public comment on the Committee Draft California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development (Guidelines). Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Presiding Member and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member. The workshop will be held:

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet. For details, please go to: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 1-800-593-9957
Passcode: (Avian) Call Leader: (John Mathias)

Purpose

The Guidelines provides information to help reduce impacts to birds and bats from new development or repowering of wind energy projects in California and includes recommendations on preliminary screening of proposed wind energy project sites; pre-permitting study design and methods; assessing direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to birds and bats in accordance with state and federal laws; developing impact avoidance and minimization measures; establishing appropriate compensatory mitigation; and post-construction operations monitoring, analysis, and reporting methods.

Background

Energy Commission and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) staff published the initial version of the draft Guidelines on December 22, 2006 and the revised draft Guidelines on April 5, 2007. Energy Commission and CDFG staff held several workshops to seek public comment on the Guidelines, and the Renewables Committee held workshops on February 5, 2007 and April 16, 2007 to further seek public comment on the Guidelines. The Energy Commission has received comment letters on the Guidelines from wind energy development companies, counties, conservation groups and other non-governmental organizations, scientists, and private citizens. The Renewables Committee considered comments submitted on the previous versions of the draft Guidelines in developing the Committee Draft Guidelines. This document is available at [www.energy.ca.gov/windguidelines/documents/index.html].

Public Comments

The Renewables Committee encourages interested parties to present their views either in writing in advance of the hearing, orally at the hearing, or through written comments after the workshop. Written comments on the Guidelines must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2007. The most useful comments are those that reference page and line numbers of the document and provide specific recommended revisions. Please include the docket number 06-OII-1 and indicate Developing Statewide Avian Guidelines in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 10 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 e-mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office 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.

Additional Information

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989 or by email at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please contact Rick York, Senior Biologist at (916) 654-3945 or [ryork@energy.state.ca.us].

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JOHN L. GEESMAN,
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee

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JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL,
Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee