Notice of Business Meeting to Consider Adoption of the California Guidelines for Reducing Impacts to Birds and Bats from Wind Energy Development
Docket # 06-OII-1

In the Matter of:


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

Docket No. 06-OII-1

NOTICE OF BUSINESS MEETING

 

The California Energy Commission will hold a regularly scheduled Business Meeting on:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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

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Purpose

The Guidelines provide 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 staff released the draft Guidelines on December 22, 2006 and released the revised draft Guidelines on April 5, 2007. 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. Additional comments on the revised draft Guidelines were received at a Renewables Committee workshop held on April 16, 2007 and at a hearing held on August 13, 2007 at the Energy Commission. On July 17, 2007, the Renewables Committee released the Committee Draft Guidelines. The Renewables Committee considered comments submitted on this version of the draft Guidelines in developing the Committee Final Draft Guidelines. This document will be available at www.energy.ca.gov/2007publications/CEC-700-2007-008/CEC-700-2007-008-CTF.PDF. The Energy Commission will consider adopting the document at its September 26, 2007 Business Meeting.

Public Comments

The Renewables Committee encourages interested parties to present their views either in writing in advance of the Business Meeting or orally at the Business Meeting. 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. The Energy Commission strongly encourages parties to file written comments by close of business on September 24, 2007, but will accept written comments up to the day of the Business Meeting at 10:00 a.m. (in this case, please make an additional 50 copies available at the beginning of the meeting).

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

 

Wind Energy Guidelines

Original Proceeding for Development of Guidelines