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Notice of Availability of Report
The Role of Land Use in Meeting California's
Energy and Climate Change Goals

[CEC-600-2007-008-SF/Docket No. 06-IEP-1L]



The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee (Committee) invites public comments on the Final Staff Report The Role of Land Use in Meeting California's Energy and Climate Change Goals, publication number CEC-600-2007-008-SF. Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member, and Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member of the IEPR Committee.


Background

As required by Senate Bill 1389 (Statutes of 2002, Chapter 568) the Energy Commission conducts "assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery and distribution, demand, and prices." The Energy Commission uses these assessments and forecasts to develop energy policies that conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety. (Public Resources Code [PRC] 25301(a).) The Energy Commission adopts the IEPR every odd-numbered year and in even-numbered years adopts an energy policy review to update analysis from the previous IEPR or to raise energy issues that have emerged since the previous proceeding. (PRC 25302(d).)

The Final Staff Report describes how different land use patterns could reduce the use of energy in California and therefore, reduce the generation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The state has developed significant GHG reduction goals and has identified measures towards achieving those goals, including initiatives to limit GHG emissions from vehicles and reduce the carbon content of fuels. Although significant efforts, they are not likely to be sufficient on their own to meet state GHG emissions reduction goals. Reducing the miles traveled per vehicle will also be necessary.

The number and length of vehicle trips are closely linked to where an individual lives and the proximity to transit, jobs and shopping. Regional blueprint planning efforts in California show that preferred growth scenarios could reduce the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per household by 15 percent over 30 years. However, when population growth is factored in, VMT would actually grow, although at a lower rate than business-as-usual growth scenarios. This suggests that current blueprint planning, together with other measures targeted at reducing the amount of use and carbon intensity of fuels, still cannot meet state climate change goals.

The report recommends a number of actions to address this gap, including:

  • Development of a statewide growth management plan
  • Development of regional growth plans
  • State funding assistance to regional and local planning efforts
  • State funding limited to projects consistent with the state/regional growth plans
  • Tax policies to encourage growth consistent with the state growth plan
  • Infrastructure funding consistent with the state's GHG and energy goals
  • Expansion of utility local planning efforts
  • Inclusion of energy and climate change considerations in federal highway and transportation funding

This document is available free from the Energy Commission's website at:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/documents/


Public Comments

The Commissioners encourage interested parties to present their views through written comments.

Written comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on September 14, 2007. Although the Staff Report will not be reissued, submitted comments will help shape the land use and energy chapter of the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Include the docket number No. 06-IEP-1L and indicate 2007 IEPR Land Use in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments.

The Energy Commission encourages comments by electronic mail (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 File (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us].

One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. If the original is more than 20 pages, please also provide 12 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512


News media should direct inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. For technical questions regarding the subject matter of this Energy Commission report, please contact Panama Bartholomy by phone at (916) 654-4896, or by e-mail at [pbarthol@energy.state.ca.us].


Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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