Mindful Decommissioning: A Data-Driven Tool for Prioritizing Strategic Gas Asset Decommissioning


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Mindful Decommissioning: A Data-Driven Tool for Prioritizing Strategic Gas Asset Decommissioning
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Under agreement PIR-22-002, the CEC will provide a $1,499,275 grant to DNV GL, USA. The purpose of this project is the development of a data-driven, actionable tool that will provide state agencies, local governments, investor-owned utilities, and other stakeholders with valuable information for assessing the technical, social and economic feasibility of decommissioning specific segments of the gas system. The Recipient will work with stakeholders to further understand the underlying variables and data types needed to answer the challenges facing decision makers currently. The Recipient will quantify these heterogeneous factors; develop a scalable, rational approach to assessing and prioritizing sites to mindfully guide gas decommissioning; and implement this approach in a manner that protects sensitive and confidential data while also producing high-level insights that can be shared publicly. The beneficiaries include California IOU ratepayers through improved understanding for state agencies, investor-owned utilities, municipalities and community stakeholders.

Contact Information

Martine Schmidt-Poolman
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Energy Generation System Specialist I
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Harrison Street

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14 Section 15306 provides that projects which consist of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities, and which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. This project consists of data collection, research, and resource evaluation activities in existing offices. For these reasons, the proposed work will not have any significant effect on the environment and is exempt under Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, Section 15306.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15262
Reasons for Exemption
This contract involves only feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions that appropriate agencies boards, or commissions have not approved, adopted, or funded. Environmental factors of this research have been considered. Therefore, the project is exempt from Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, Section 15262. The project will not impact an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern where designated, precisely mapped, and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies; does not involve any cumulative impacts of successive projects of the same type in the same place that might be considered significant; does not involve unusual circumstances that might have a significant effect on the environment; will not result in damage to scenic resources within a highway officially designated as a state scenic highway; the project sites (offices) are not included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5; and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource. Therefore, none of the exceptions to categorical exemptions listed in CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply to this project, and this project will not have a significant effect on the environment.


Disclaimer: The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of these documents. To obtain an attachment in a different format, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613. For more information, please visit OPR’s Accessibility Site.

Download CSV New Search Print