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Communication Protocols

In response to requests, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the City of Santa Clara (collectively referred to as "Licensees" or "Applicants") have created the Bucks Creek Relicensing Public website which is not referenced in the Pre-Application Document (PAD) Communication Protocols. In addition to the protocols established in the PAD, this website provides internet access to the meeting schedules, meetings documents, relicensing documents, and other public information related to the Bucks Creek Relicensing Project.

Proposed Communication Protocols from the PAD

PG&E and the City of Santa Clara are proposing Communication Protocols to provide guidelines for effective participation and communication in the relicensing process for the relicensing of the Bucks Creek Project. Effective communication is essential for a timely, cost-effective relicensing. The Licensees anticipate that the primary means of communication will be meetings, documents, e-mail, and telephone.

Meetings

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations identify specific required Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) meetings (18 CFR Part 5). The Process Plan and Schedule in Section 2.1 identifies these meetings. The Licensees anticipate other meetings, in addition to the required meetings, particularly during development of the Study Plan and potential protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures.

For specific meetings conducted by FERC (e.g., the Scoping Meeting), the Licensees anticipate that FERC will provide prior public notice in accordance with its protocols, and that FERC will lead such meetings. FERC has indicated that it will provide such meeting notice to its FERC Project No. 619 Mailing List. FERC has also indicated that it will distribute to the FERC Project No. 619 Mailing List summaries of any informal decisional meetings in which it participates prior to acceptance of the License Application. Once FERC accepts the License Application, FERC will provide prior public notice before using its Service List for all decisional meetings in which it participates.

For specific meetings required by FERC regulations to be conducted by the Licensees, the Licensees anticipate providing public notice in accordance with the regulations. Meeting notices will be provided to the FERC Project No. 619 Mailing List. Meeting summaries will also be provided by the Licensees to the FERC Project No. 619 Mailing List as required by regulation.

The Licensees anticipate that they will provide notices for meetings not specifically required by the regulations (e.g., the Study Plan Development Meetings) principally via e-mail using the Licensees’ Project No. 619 Interested Parties Mailing List. The Licensees anticipate that they will lead such meetings, and may use an independent facilitator.

As appropriate, the Licensees also anticipate preparing summaries of the meetings they notice and distributing such meeting summaries via e-mail using the Licensees’ Project No. 619 Interested Parties Mailing List. Such meeting summaries will document the purpose of the meeting, location, time, attendees, decisions, follow-up actions, and schedule.

Documents

FERC’s regulations identify documents required for the ILP (18 CFR Part 5). The Licensees anticipate that other informal documents will also be generated during the course of the relicensing proceeding.

For documents issued by FERC, the Licensees anticipate that FERC will distribute these documents in accordance with its protocols. FERC has indicated it will use its FERC Project No. 619 Mailing List for such distributions. The Licensees anticipate that all documents issued or received by FERC will be posted and publicly available in the eLibrary on FERC’s website at www.ferc.gov. On the website, participants and others may click on “Documents & Filings,” “eLibrary,” then “General Search” to search for and retrieve Project documents. The website provides further instructions for obtaining documents. Each participant in the relicensing proceeding can register to receive a notice each time FERC posts a document to its website regarding the relicensing proceeding. To register, go to FERC’s website at www.ferc.gov, click on “Documents & Filings,” then “eSubscription.” The website provides further instructions.

The Licensees anticipate using electronic filing for documents filed with FERC, and making such documents available on this website.

The Licensees anticipate that most relicensing participants will use electronic filing whenever possible for documents they file with FERC. The Licensees anticipate that most relicensing participants will use e-mail for distribution of informal documents they initiate.

Electronic Mail

The Licensees anticipate that communication among interested parties will be facilitated through use of e-mail. Such communication may include, but would not be limited to, coordination of meetings, schedule updates, and general correspondence.

Telephone

The Licensees anticipate that telephone calls among relicensing participants will be treated informally, with no specific documentation. FERC has indicated that it will distribute to the FERC Project No. 619 Mailing List summaries of any informal decisional telephone calls in which it participates prior to acceptance of the License Application. FERC will provide prior public notice of any decisional telephone calls in which it participates after it accepts the License Application.


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 Definitions

Mailing List:
A mailing list of interested parties prepared and maintained by FERC throughout the Project relicensing proceeding.

Service List:
A mailing list of parties that have formally intervened in the relicensing proceeding, to be prepared and maintained by FERC after it accepts the License Application.

Interested Parties Mailing List:
A list of interested parties prepared by the Licensees in anticipation of the Project relicensing proceeding.

The Licensees anticipate that, once the relicensing proceeding begins, the Licensees’ Project No. 619 Interested Parties Mailing List and FERC’s Project No. 619 Mailing List may be consolidated into one common list.