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RBTurbines2.JPGThe post-legislative lull has descended over Sacramento, but there's still energy in the air. By that, of course, we mean crafting policies around California's future energy consumption. Two different state entities charged with considering such matters will be seeking public input today.

Over at the Air Resources Board, staff members will be sparking discussion on a new blueprint for achieving the emissions reduction goals set out in 2006's landmark AB 32. The last framework emerged in 2008, and under the terms of the law, policymakers must come up every five years with a new map for cutting emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The public workshop gets underway at the Cal-EPA Headquarters starting at 1 p.m.

And the California Energy Commission continues to cobble together its biennial, comprehensive overview of California's future energy needs and the attendant demands on sources of power, from nuclear energy to renewables to natural gas. The Integrated Energy Policy Report will also include data on updating buildings to enhance energy efficiency, transportation-related energy costs and how climate change will affect energy infrastructure. Today's workshop, featuring Commissioner Andrew McAllister, kicks off at 9 a.m. at the California Energy Commission building on Ninth Street.

VIDEO: New characters performed a familiar plot, Dan Walters says, as officials sought to deflect blame for yet another buggy technology project.

CHIEFS OF STAFF: Curious about the daily duties of the chiefs of staff serving California lawmakers? Several current No. 2's will be detailing their experiences at a 1:30 p.m. event sponsored by, as the "Jefe de Jefes" name suggests, the California Latino Capitol Association. In room 113 of the State Capitol building.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Senate President Pro Tem and Sacramento's own Darrell Steinberg, who turns 54 today. Maybe someone will get him season tickets for that new Kings arena?

PHOTO: Sheep graze among wind turbines near Rio Vista on May 1, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.


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