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  In the Matter of,                      )    Docket No. 08-ALT-1
                                         )     
  Implementation of Alternative ond      )
  Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology  )	
  Program                                )     
  _______________________________________)

Notice of First Advisory Committee Meeting for the
Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
Technology Program

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) will convene the first Advisory Committee meeting to discuss the Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program established under AB 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007). Commissioner James D. Boyd the Vice Chair and Presiding Member of the Transportation Committee, and Commissioner Karen Douglas, the Associate Member of the Transportation Committee will both be in attendance. Other Commissioners may attend and participate.

The first Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on:

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008
9:00 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:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/index.html.

Note: To participate in this meeting using WebEx onscreen and audio functions, please go to: https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=101494962&UID=1033616662&PW=70045e0e0f180200016c57. If the link does not work, go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the meeting number: 926 517 948.

When prompted, enter your information and the password: meeting@9. 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 (U.S. and Canada toll free). If you have difficulty, please call WebEx Technical Support at 1-866-229-3239. For participation in the meeting by phone only, call 1-866-469-3239 (United States and Canada toll free). Note: The Committee Meeting's WebEx audio and onscreen activity may be recorded.

Purpose

This will be the first of three planned Advisory Committee meetings convened this calendar year. The meeting will also begin discussions and seek broad, strategic input from the Advisory Committee and the public to help the Energy Commission develop the Investment Plan.

Background

In October 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 118 creating the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to be administered by the Energy Commission. The bill also created two other programs, the Air Quality Improvement Program and Fleet Modernization Program, to be administered by the California Air Resources Board.

AB 118 authorizes the Energy Commission approximately $120 million annually to award as grants, loans, and other appropriate measures to qualified entities to develop and deploy innovative fuel and technologies that will help achieve California's petroleum reduction, air quality, and climate change goals. The emphasis of this program is to deploy alternative and renewable fuels in the marketplace, without adopting any preferred fuel or technology and, in doing so, decrease on a life cycle basis air and water pollutants, reduce or avoid multimedia environmental impacts, and maintain the sustainability of the state's natural resources.

AB 118 also directs the Energy Commission to create an Advisory Committee to help develop an Investment Plan. The Investment Plan will establish priorities and opportunities for the program, and describe how funding will complement existing public and private investments, including existing state programs. The Investment Plan will be updated annually.

The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives of fuel and vehicle technology consortia, labor organizations, environmental organizations, community-based justice and public health organizations, recreational boaters, consumer advocates, academic institutions, workforce training groups, and private industry to participate in the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee also includes representatives from various state agencies: the Resources Agency; the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; the Labor and Workforce Development Agency; the Department of General Services; and the California Environmental Protection Agency. A list of Advisory Committee members and a description of the Roles and Responsibilities of the Advisory Committee are attached.

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.

If you have questions regarding the Advisory Committee or the Investment Plan, please contact Ms. Aleecia Macias of the Emerging Fuels and Technology Office at the Energy Commission at (916) 654-4526 or e-mail at AB118@energy.state.ca.us.

The Energy Commission has set up an electronic list server to provide updates on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. If you want to receive notification by email when information relating to the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is posted in the website, please sign up for their list servers.

The Energy Commission's list server is at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html

For media inquires regarding the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, please contact the Energy Commission Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.



Date Posted: April 28, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

________/signed/_______
JAMES D. BOYD,
Vice Chair and Presiding Member
Transportation Committee
California Energy Commission

________/signed/_______
KAREN DOUGLAS,
Commissioner and Associate Member
Transportation Committee
California Energy Commission

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

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