SLO Planning Commission Looks to Consider CCA While Working on the Renewable Energy Streamlining Program

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Eric Veium of SLO Clean Energy asks the commission to consider the RESP in the context of a local CCA.

 

Planning Commissioner Eric Meyers was supportive of the plan to consider community choice and asked that a recommendation to consider Community Choice Aggregation be placed in the comments for the RESP. Commissioner Meyers asked the Commission to schedule a CCA study session.

 

Commissioner Ken Topping stated a strong interest in creating more local resiliency around critical infrastructure such as communications, emergency response, and cold storage. Topping was concerned about what San Luis Obispo’s rural and isolated geography would mean in terms of a large-scale outage and was interested in the possibilities that CCA provided in preparing for disaster.

 

To provide input or to encourage that your Commissioner look into Community Choice, the Planning Commission can be contacted by phone at the Planning Office (805) 781-5600.

 

Background

The Renewable Energy Streamlining Program (RESP) is a California Energy Commission funded program to encourage and streamline renewable energy development (solar and wind) in the County. The program will revise policies and ordinances, identify areas of the county most conducive to renewable energy development and include preparation of a master environmental document. The program’s scope of work includes these periodic study sessions with the Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

 

In 2011, the Legislature increased California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 20 percent by 2010 to 33 percent by 2020. The law expands the RPS to include all electricity load-serving entities in the state. In addition, Governor Brown’s Clean Energy Jobs Plan calls for an increase of in-state renewable generating capacity by 20,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020. This goal includes 12,000 MW of energy located “on-site” or close to where energy is consumed (20 MW and smaller) and 8,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy capacity.

 

These new goals will significantly increase renewable energy project development of all sizes throughout the state, most will require involvement of local land use authorities. In addition to the Energy Commission’s Local Government Assistance effort, the Energy Commission is providing web-based tools to help ease incorporating renewable energy into the planning process and streamline permitting of renewable energy projects. These tools include:

  1. Planning Assistance – Tools, documents, and practices that can assist local jurisdictions plan for renewable energy development,
  2. Permitting Assistance – Tools, documents, and practices that compliment local agencies’ permitting expertise and can assist local jurisdictions to appropriately reduce the time and cost of issuing and obtaining permits for renewable energy development.
  3. Outreach and Information Gathering – A forum informing state agencies of local governments’ needs to accelerate renewable energy development.
  4. Feedback – Contact Energy Commission staff at goneill@energy.state.ca.us to add or update any information or notifications contained within this page.

The Energy Commission will use the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) as a forum to discuss issues that affect the planning and permitting of renewable energy projects, and the possible solutions to these issues.

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