Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Luncheon
Friday, February 13, 2015
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST
San Diego, CA,
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The Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landscape-scale plan that uses science to inform the siting of renewable energy development projects and the conservation of species across the Mojave and Colorado/Sonoran desert regions. The Plan’s comprehensive approach would result in conservation benefits that could not be achieved using the current project-by-project approach to permit renewable energy projects and protect species. The DRECP is being prepared by a collaboration of state and federal agencies called the Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT), which includes the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In March 2009, the REAT agencies kicked off the DRECP with a series of public meetings to discuss ideas for facilitating renewable energy development while planning for natural resource conservation. The Draft DRECP and Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement are currently available for public comment until February 23, 2015. Guests will learn about the DRECP planning process and public outreach, collaboration among the REAT agencies, mitigation strategies, and the science for planning for renewable energy and conservation in California. Join our esteemed panelists Scott Flint—California Energy Commission, DRECP Program Manager — and Mike Howard of Dudek — lead conservation biologist and deputy project manager—for an informative discussion on the draft plan and environmental document.