At the top of the California Energy Commission\u2019s to-do list for 2012 is improving coordination and communication between itself and its sister agencies, according to a draft of the commission\u2019s 2011 Integrated Energy Policy Report. The draft report, which was publicly released Dec. 5, looks at ways to improve synchronization of the state\u2019s major energy agencies. \u201cEnergy planning is becoming increasingly complex,\u201d commission chair Bob Weisenmiller stated. \u201cSmart decisions must be made well in advance of when energy is needed.\u201d Among the commission\u2019s specific 2012 goals are: -Working closely with other agencies and stakeholders to develop a renewable energy strategic plan identifying strategies to overcome challenges to developing renewable generating facilities, and integrating the facilities into the state\u2019s electricity grid; -Possibly updating and augmenting rules and regulations that guide and define the commission\u2019s power plant licensing process; and -Evaluating the Energy Commission\u2019s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, describing the funded projects, and reporting on the progress toward achieving project goals and expected benefits. To date, the Energy Commission has funded 86 projects totaling $198.4 million. The draft IEPR says better coordination is needed to support the state\u2019s renewable energy and clean air goals. Those goals include the \u201cclean energy jobs plan,\u201d the 33 percent renewable portfolio standards, and Assembly Bill 32--the state\u2019s climate protection law. The report also delves into other upcoming issues, including in-state bio-power generation, and the expiration of the state\u2019s public goods charge. Regarding in-state bio-power, generation is expected to increase in the short term. By the end of 2012, three in-state coal facilities complete full fuel conversion to biomass. This is expected to add more than 100 MW of capacity to the grid. The public goods charge expires Jan. 1. If not renewed, then the CEC loses funding for state incentive programs for renewable and energy efficiency programs. The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to continue the funding administratively. The report assesses major energy trends and issues facing the state\u2019s electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors and gives policy recommendations to conserve resources plus protect the environment and ensure energy supplies. The commission\u2019s required to prepare a report in every odd numbered year, with details on energy supply and demand, delivery and distribution and major energy challenges facing the state. In even-numbered years, the CEC\u2019s required to compile an update that covers any issues that may have arisen since the previous year\u2019s report. The public has until Dec. 23 to file written comments on the draft report for possible inclusion in the final document, which is scheduled for a Jan. 24, 2012, release. The Energy Commission\u2019s expected to adopt the final report next February.