Climate Analytics to Support Natural Gas Sector Utilities: Actionable, Responsive and Open Solutions for Historical Climate Needs in California

Summary

SCH Number
2020060305
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Climate Analytics to Support Natural Gas Sector Utilities: Actionable, Responsive and Open Solutions for Historical Climate Needs in California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/16/2020
Project Applicant
Eagle Rock Analytics

Document Description
This project will advance natural gas system resilience by producing a data assimilation platform that pulls in a mix of weather observations, remote sensing and reanalysis data that are relevant to adaptation and resiliency planning. The platform will be used to produce continuously updated historical weather and climate data, supporting efforts to produce high resolution, hourly climate data. Once developed, the data assimilation platform will be made available to other research projects and tasks, allowing for other CEC-funded projects to be made operational quickly, with lower costs to ratepayers. The project will make use of machine learning, advanced statistical techniques and other technical methods that are well established in the literature, and readily implementable by using open source software.

Contact Information
Susan Wilhelm
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1545

Location

Cities
Sacramento
Counties
Sacramento
Other Location Info
3669 57th St

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, §15306
Reasons for Exemption
The activity is covered by the above exemptions because all aspects of the project will be conducted in an office setting on computers. This project involves advanced statistics, data assimilation, quality control of data, machine learning, and basic visualizations of data. Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, §15061(b)(3) states the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, §15306 covers Information Collection covers projects that meet the following criteria: 1) Consist of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities. 2) Which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.
Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
Common Sense Exemption. (Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, §15061(b)(3))
Reasons for Exemption
The activity is covered by the above exemptions because all aspects of the project will be conducted in an office setting on computers. This project involves advanced statistics, data assimilation, quality control of data, machine learning, and basic visualizations of data. Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, §15061(b)(3) states the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, §15306 covers Information Collection covers projects that meet the following criteria: 1) Consist of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities. 2) Which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020060305_08_CEQA-PIR-19-006_Eagle_Rock_Analytics_FINAL_SIGNED   PDF 206 K

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