Renewable Energy and Conservation Planning Grants

Docket Number: 12-GREP-1

Assembly Bill x1 13 (Perez, Chapter 10, Statutes of 2011-12 First Extraordinary Session) adds Section 25619 to the Public Resources Code and directs the California Energy Commission to:

"Provide up to seven million dollars ($7,000,000) in grants to qualified counties for the development or revision of rules and policies, including, but not limited to, general plan elements, zoning ordinances, and a natural community conservation plan as a plan participant that facilitate the development of eligible renewable energy resources and the associated electric transmission facilities, and the processing of permits for eligible renewable energy resources." (Pub. Res. Code ยง 25619)

Section 25619 identifies 15 qualified counties as eligible to receive grant funding, 7 of which are located in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) area. The Energy Commission is restricted from awarding grant funds to qualified counties within the DRECP planning area, unless the County in the DRECP area meets certain conditions.

  • The 15 qualified counties are: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angles, Madera, Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, and Tulare.
  • The 7 counties with land inside the DRECP include: Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. These counties must meet one of the following conditions to be eligible for grant funding:
    • The county is a "plan participant," as defined by paragraph (1) of subdivision (j) of Section 2805 of the Fish and Game Code, in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.
    • The county enters into a memorandum of understanding with the commission [Energy Commission] in which the county agrees to participate in the development of a natural community conservation plan for the purpose of ensuring that the natural community conservation plan can achieve the goals set forth in the planning agreement entered into pursuant to Section 2810 of the Fish and Game Code, that is dated May 2010, for the preparation of a natural community conservation plan, in a manner that is consistent with the applicable policies of the county.

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Pablo Gutierrez
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 45
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-4663

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