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Informational Proceeding and )      Docket 06-IEP-1c
Preparation of the 2007 Integrated )        
Energy Policy Report )      Docket No. 03-RPS-1078
and )      RPS Proceeding
Implementation of Renewables )           
Portfolio Standard Legislation )      Notice of Committee Workshop
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Notice of IEPR Committee Workshop
on "Feed-In" Tariffs


Attachment A, Questions for Workshop. (PDF File, 2 pgs, 32 kb).

The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee (Committee) will conduct a workshop to request public comments on renewable energy feed-in tariffs. "A feed-in tariff involves the obligation on the part of a utility to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy producers in its service area at a tariff determined by public authorities and guaranteed for a specific period of time." 1   The price and term can vary by technology and over time. Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member, and Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member of the IEPR Committee. California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Commissioner John Bohn and other Energy Commission and CPUC Commissioners may attend and participate.

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007
9:30 a.m.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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

Purpose

The 2006 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update (2006 IEPR Update) recommended both near- and long-term strategies to reach the state's renewable energy goals. For the near-term goal of 20 percent renewable by 2010, the 2006 IEPR Update found that California can benefit from European experience with incentives for renewable development, including feed-in tariffs which have been effective for most technologies in Germany, Denmark, and Spain. To meet the state's longer-term goals of 33 percent renewable, the 2006 IEPR Update recommended analysis of alternative incentive structures to meet 2020 RPS goals, including whether feed-in tariffs would spur additional renewable development.

In this workshop, the Committee seeks public input to inform further consideration of the challenges and benefits of renewable energy feed-in tariffs in California, primarily for the 2011-2020 time period, as well as the mechanics of determining an appropriate renewable feed-in tariff or tariffs.

Background

Senate Bill 1389 (Bowen), Chapter 568, Statutes of 2002, directs the Energy Commission to lead development of the IEPR every two years, with updates in the intervening years. Senate Bill 1389 directs state government entities to carry out their energy-related duties and responsibilities using the information and analyses contained in the adopted IEPR reports.

The Energy Commission adopted the 2006 IEPR Update in January 2007, which included a mid-course review of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This is the second of several workshops addressing 2006 IEPR Update recommendations for the RPS. The first workshop was held in March 2007. In addition, the Committee anticipates holding a workshop in June on portfolio management for California's energy resource planning, including the RPS.

The Committee plans to publish a draft 2007 IEPR for public comment in the fall of 2007. For further information on the 2006 IEPR Update and the 2007 IEPR, see www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy.

Written Comments

Written comments on the attached questions and workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 28, 2007. Include the docket numbers No. 06-IEP-1c and No. 03-RPS-1078 and indicate 2007 IEPR - feed-in tariffs in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original.

If the original is more than 20 pages, please also provide 35 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1c and No. 03-RPS-1078
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 File (PDF) to docket@energy.state.ca.us. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide an original and 35 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's On-Line Meeting Service

To participate in the meeting using the WebEx onscreen and audio functions, please go to the following URL in your web browser on the date and time of the meeting: https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=92130507&RG=1

(If the link above does not work, go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the meeting number: 923 935 530).

When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@9:30. You will be asked to enter your name, email address, job title and company name before joining the conference.

Provide your phone number, when prompted, to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the workshop. Alternatively, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada). To ensure entering the meeting on time, please log in 10 minutes early.

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239.

Participation through Audio Only

If you do not have computer access and wish to participate in the meeting by phone, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada).

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser 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. For general questions regarding the IEPR proceeding, please contact Lorraine White by phone at (916) 654-4075, or by e-mail at lwhite@energy.state.ca.us. For technical questions regarding the subject matter of this workshop, please contact Bill Knox by phone at (916) 654-4417, or by e-mail at bknox@energy.state.ca.us.

commissioner signature
JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Chairman and Presiding Member
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee
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JOHN GEESMAN
Commissioner and Associate Member
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee




1 The European Photovoltaic Industry Association and the Centre of Photovoltaics in Poland, June 2005, European PV Associations' Position Paper on a Feed-In Tariff for Photovoltaic Solar Electricity, www.epia.org/documents/FeedInTariffEPIA.pdf


Date on-line: May 2, 2007

Date Mailed: May 1, 2007
Mail Lists: 5507 RPS, 5504 New. E-mail list-serves: IEPR, Renewables
Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission.

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