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In the matter of, )      Docket No. 07-OIR-1
Proposed Adoption of Regulations )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE
Governing a Corridor Designation Process )      WORKSHOP
Under Senate Bill 1059 )        
_____________________________________ )       

Notice of Siting Committee Workshop on
Proposed Regulations Governing an
Electric Transmission Corridor Designation Process

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The California Energy Commission's Siting Committee (Committee), consisting of Commissioner John L. Geesman as Presiding Member and Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron as Associate Member, is holding a workshop to receive public comments and to discuss staff's proposed draft regulations for an electric transmission corridor designation process pursuant to Senate Bill 1059 (Stats. 2006, Ch. 638). The draft regulations and the text of SB 1059 will be posted on the Energy Commission's website at www.energy.ca.gov/sb1059/documents/ by June 12, 2007. Other Commissioners may attend and participate in this workshop.

The workshop will be held:

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007
10 a.m.

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

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

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 1-888-323-9686 by 10 a.m. Pacific Time
Passcode: 14674 Call Leader: Mr. Gary Collord


SB 1059 added Section 25330 et seq. to the Public Resources Code, authorizing the Energy Commission to designate suitable transmission corridors for high-voltage electric transmission lines. The designation of a transmission corridor may be proposed by the Energy Commission or by application to the Energy Commission from any person or entity planning to build an electric transmission line in California (Pub. Resources Code § 25331(a)). The designation of a transmission corridor must be consistent with the state's needs and objectives as stated in the Strategic Transmission Plan adopted pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 25324 and is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SB 1059 identifies the Energy Commission as the lead agency responsible for preparing an environmental assessment for all transmission corridors proposed for designation (Pub. Resources Code § 25332).

On February 20, 2007, the Energy Commission instituted a rulemaking proceeding to prepare and adopt regulations to implement the transmission corridor designation process consistent with the requirements of SB 1059. On March 5, 2007, the Energy Commission's Siting and Integrated Energy Policy Report Committees conducted a joint public workshop to solicit comments on planning and developing future transmission corridors, including implementing the transmission corridor designation process authorized by SB 1059.

Written Comments

The Committee requests the participation in this workshop of local governments, utilities, energy developers, public interest groups, California Native American tribal governments, potentially affected land owners, members of the public, and other interested parties. The Committee encourages those parties to provide comments on staff's proposed draft regulations and to discuss them at the workshop. The Committee requests interested parties to file their comments in writing before the workshop and encourages comments by e-mail so they may be posted on the Energy Commission's website. If a party wishes to discuss its written comments at the workshop, the Committee requests that they be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 27, 2007.

Those submitting comments by e-mail should indicate "Docket No. 07-OIR-1, Transmission Corridor Designation Workshop," with your or your organization's name in the subject line of the e-mail. Provide your comments in either Microsoft Word format or Adobe Portable Document format (PDF) and send to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. Parties submitting comments electronically must also submit the original paper copy to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Those submitting comments by hard copy should indicate "Docket No. 07-OIR-1" and "Transmission Corridor Designation Workshop" in the subject line or initial paragraph of the comments and must provide an original plus 10 paper copies to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Please send or deliver written materials to the following address:

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit
Attn: Docket No. 07-OIR-1
1516 Ninth Street, MS-4
Sacramento, California 95814-5512

All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Docket Unit and will become part of the public record in this proceeding.

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 workshop, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone 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 in this workshop, please contact Lou Quiroz, at (916) 654-5146, at least five days in advance of the workshop.

The service list for this proceeding is handled electronically, with notices and documents posted to the Energy Commission website at: www.energy.ca.gov/sb1059/. When new information is posted, an e-mail will be sent to those on the Energy Policy e-mail list server. We encourage those who are interested in receiving these notices to sign up for the list server through the website at www.energy.ca.gov/sb1059/.

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989 or by email to [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. Technical questions should be directed to Gary Collord at (916) 651-9006 or by e-mail to [gcollord@energy.state.ca.us].

Commissioner and Presiding Member
Siting Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Siting Committee

Mail Lists: Energy Policy E-mail List

Date Online: June 8, 2007

Docket No.: 07-OIR-1

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