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Notice of Committee Workshop on the
July 2006 California Heat Storm



The California Energy Commission's Electricity Committee (the Committee) will conduct a one-day workshop to review and discuss the recent heat storm in California and to determine what lessons can be learned in order to better prepare for the next heat storm.

Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron is the Presiding Member and Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member of the Committee. Other Commissioners may attend and participate in this workshop.

The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2006
Beginning at 9 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:
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast


To arrange for a call in and participate in the meeting,
Please call (888) 323-9686 by 9 a.m.
Passcode: Committee Call Leader: Sylvia Bender


Purpose

The California Energy Commission is conducting a workshop to collect information and stimulate discussion of the electricity supply and demand implications of this heat storm in planning for future electricity needs in the state. To maximize the value of this effort, a list of "Key Questions" is available on line.

The key questions (workshop agenda as well as workshop documents will be available at a later date) are posted on the Energy Commission's website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/2006_summer_outlook/documents/


Background

California and the neighboring western states experienced extreme hot weather conditions, also referred to as a "heat storm," from July 15 through July 28, 2006. On July 24, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reported system peak demand of nearly 51,000 megawatts, the highest peak in CAISO's history. Electricity system loads were especially high because both Northern and Southern California experienced record temperatures at the same time. While there were no system wide blackouts, there were thousands of local power interruptions.


Written Comments

The Committee seeks the active participation of interested parties in discussing policy options and associated issues from the July 2006 heat storm.

We encourage parties to submit written comments in advance of the workshop, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2006. Please indicate Committee Workshop on the July 2006 California Heat Storm in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 10 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission, MS-22
Tom Gorin
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95812-5512

Participants may also provide an original plus 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop.


Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margaret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this workshop, please contact the Public Advisor'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.

Technical questions should be addressed to Tom Gorin of the Energy Commission's Demand Analysis Office at (916) 654-4759 or by e-mail at [tgorin@energy.state.ca.us]. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.



commissioner signature
commissioner signature
JEFFREY D. BYRON
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Electricity Committee
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Associate Member
Electricity Committee


Date Posted: 8/18/2006

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