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  • State commission to host renewable energy workshop

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  • The California Energy Commission will host a workshop about renewable-energy information and planning Tuesday in Sacramento and webcast it. The specific subject is how environmental information has been and can be used in planning renewable-energy targets.
    The workshop will include a panel presentation and discussions by the Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Independent System Operator and other agencies on how such information might be used in efforts to exceed the mandated 33 percent renewable-energy contribution to California’s power grid after the 2020 deadline.
    A second panel will discuss planning approaches and tools that could contribute to renewable-energy planning processes.
    The subjects of both panels are related to development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan that is undergoing final drafting.
    The CEC will accept public comments during the workshop, which will start at 9 a.m. at 1516 Ninth St., First Floor, Hearing Room A in Sacramento.
    Written comments in searchable formats such as an MS Word doc or Adobe Acrobat PDF will be accepted until Aug. 19 and will become part of the public record of the meeting, according to CEC Docket No. 14-IEP-1C.
    Indicate the docket number, “Incorporating Land Use and Environmental Considerations in Energy Infrastructure Planning” in the subject line and submit to docket@energy.ca.gov and copy the technical lead staff at Al.Alvarado@energy.ca.gov.
    View the workshop live via WebEx at https://energy.webex.com, meeting No. 924 434 542; when prompted, enter your information and the meeting password meeting@9.
    Other channels for remotely attending are available, including telephonic attendance. For more information, go to www.energy.ca.gov and search 14-IEP-1C.
    Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or gbrodeur@vvdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_gbrodeur.
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