STATE OF CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION

 

Business Meeting Minutes

of

October 3, 2001

 

 



Business Meeting Minutes of October 3, 2001

The meeting was called to order by Acting Chairman Michal Moore at 10 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance was given by Commissioner Laurie.

William J. Keese Absent

Michal Moore Present

Robert Laurie Present

Robert Pernell Present

Arthur Rosenfeld Present

James D. Boyd, Ex-Officio Absent

1. CONSENT CALENDAR. (Items on the consent calendar will be taken up and voted on as a group. A Commissioner may request that an item be discussed and moved to later on the agenda.)

a. SEAWEST WINDPOWER, INC. Possible approval of a request by Seawest Windpower, Inc. to assign its funding awards under Notice of Auctions 500-97-506 and 500-00-504 for the Alexander 1 through 4 and Catellus 6 wind projects (5 total projects) to Mountain View Power Partners II, LLC.

b. AFS TRINITY POWER CORPORATION. Possible approval of Contract 500-98-036 Amendment 1, to change the language in the contract to reflect the merger of AFS and Trinity Flywheel Power.

c. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD. Possible approval of a Partnership Agreement to provide staff resources to work on energy efficient and environmentally sound transportation improvements in California.

d. ENERGY COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANT. Possible approval of a $9,999 grant award to the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.

e. OTAY MESA GENERATING PROJECT. Possible approval of a Petition to change ownership of Otay Mesa Generating Company, LLC, from PG&E Generating to Calpine Corporation. The project was certified on April 18, 2001.

Commissioner Laurie moved and Commissioner Pernell seconded approval of the Consent Calendar. The vote was unanimousThe motion passed by a unanimous vote. (4-0)

  1. SUNRISE POWER PROJECT (98-AFC-4C). Possible approval of a Petition to amend the certification of this project to expand the existing simple-cycle power plant to a combined-cycle power plant.

This item was moved to a future Business Meeting to be determined.

3. VALERO CO-GENERATION PROJECT (01-AFC-5). Commission consideration and possible adoption of the Presiding Member’s Proposed Decision for the Valero Co-Generation Project. This is a 4-month, 102-megawatt power plant located in the city of Benicia in Solano County.

This item was moved to the October 17, 2001 Business Meeting.

4. TRACY PEAKER PROJECT. Commission consideration of the Executive Director’s Data Adequacy Recommendation for the Tracy Peaker Project Application for Certification. This is a 4-month, 169-megawatt power plant located right outside the city of Tracy (Docket No. 01-AFC-16).

This item was moved to the October 17, 2001 Business Meeting.

5. TRACY PEAKER PROJECT. Possible approval of a Committee for the Tracy Peaker Project Application for Certification (Docket No. 01-AFC-16).

This item was moved to the October 17, 2001 Business Meeting.

6. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 400-00-020 Amendment 1, for $300,000 to expand the testing of fume hoods to include industrial laboratories. Potential industrial users interested in reducing the cost of operating the fume hoods have made it possible to expedite the testing at industrial sites.

Commissioner Rosenfeld moved and Commissioner Laurie seconded approval of Contract 400-00-020 Amendment 1. The vote was unanimousThe motion passed by a unanimous vote. (4-0)

7. PUBLIC INTEREST ENERGY RESEARCH PROGRAM (PIER). Possible approval of a 3-year contract to provide technical support to the PIER Program. These three similar contracts will provide expertise covering 84 areas of energy science and technology which are (or may become) PIER research, development and demonstration projects.

a. ICF ASSOCIATES, INC. Contract 500-01-006 for $3,600,000.

b. SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (SAIC). Contract 500-01-007 for $3,600,000.

c. ARTHUR D. LITTLE, INC. Contract 500-01-008 for $3,600,000.

Commissioner Rosenfeld moved and Commissioner Laurie seconded approval of three 3-year contracts (contract numbers 500-01-006, 500-01-007 and 500-01-008) to provide technical support to the PIER Program. The vote was unanimousThe motion passed by a unanimous vote. (4-0)

8. ENERGY CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE ACT LOAN. Possible approval of three loans for converting existing incandescent traffic signals to those using light emitting diodes.

a. CITY OF NAPA. Loan amount: $42,353; Annual cost savings: $20,800; Peak load reduced: 15 kW.

b. CITY OF CULVER. Loan amount: $403,000; Annual cost savings: $98,300; Peak load reduced: 90kW.

c. COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE. Loan amount: $614,300; Annual cost savings: $267,000; Peak load reduced: 260 kW.

This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

9. RECONCILIATION OF RETAILER CLAIMS, 2000 REPORT. Possible approval of the SB 1305 (Public Utilities Code Section 398.5(e)) report, "Reconciliation of Retailer Claims, 2000," which requires the Energy Commission to annually prepare and submit a report to the California Public Utilities Commission about retail power source claims made to consumers. The Draft Report is available via the Commission’s Web site or by contacting Drake Johnson.

Acting Chairman Moore moved and Commissioner Rosenfeld seconded approval of the SB 1305 (Public Utilities Code Section 398.5(e)) report, "Reconciliation of Retailer Claims, 2000." The vote was unanimousThe motion passed by a unanimous vote. (4-0)

10. NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES REPORT. Proposed adoption of the Electricity and Natural Gas Committee’s Revised Draft Final Report on Natural Gas Infrastructure Issues.

Acting Chairman Moore moved and Commissioner Rosenfeld seconded approval of the Electricity and Natural Gas Committee’s Revised Draft Final Report on Natural Gas Infrastructure Issues. The vote was unanimousThe motion passed by a unanimous vote. (4-0)

11. Energy Commission Committee and Oversight

A discussion on Energy Commission Committee and Oversight matters may be held.

Acting Chairman Moore commented that Energy Commission Order No. 00-1011-19 [which established Energy Commission Committee assignments] had expired on June 30, 2001. Acting Chairman Moore added that the Commissioners need to examine the committee assignments and the current appropriateness of Energy Commission protocol. He suggested the issue be calendared or an off-site meeting be set. Commissioner Laurie stated that by next year there should be a record of how the Energy Commission conducts business. Commissioner Pernell stated that he would prefer the issue of renewing the Energy Commission Order that Committee assignments be addressed at an informal session.

12. Chief Counsel's Report

Chief Counsel Bill Chamberlain requested an Executive Session.

13. Executive Director's Report

No report was given

14. Public Adviser's Report

No report was given.

15. Public Comment

No comments were received

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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BETTY McCANN

Secretary to the Commission