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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
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  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)

    1. COMMISSION CO-SPONSORSHIP. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship request for which the Energy Commission will lend its name, include promotional material with regularly scheduled mailings and possible provide financial support.
    2. - 2002 West Coast Energy Management Congress, June 6-7, 2002, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.
    3. O'BANION & RITCHEY, LLP. Possible approval of Contract 140-01-003 for $20,000 to have access to patent counsel, to access patentability of inventions presented to the Commission and for continuing efforts to patent Commission innovations for gas turbine engines. There is more interest in the State's intellectual property rights matters and the Commissions interest in prosecuting several of its own patents pending.

    4. FELDERSTEIN FITZGERALD WILLOUGHBY & PASCUZZI, LLP. Possible approval of Contract 140-01-004 for $20,000 to provide legal advice and representation regarding bankruptcy.

    5. GEOTHERMAL PROGRAM CONTINGENT AWARDS. Possible approval of nine geothermal contingent awards to grants. In four of the projects, inadequate geothermal resources were discovered. In an additional four projects, the recipients chose not to pursue the projects for political or economic reasons and the final project fell within the 5 percent calculated energy cost savings margin of error stipulated by the consultant for this type of calculation.

    6. NEW BUILDING INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 400-00-043 Amendment 1, for a six-month no-cost extension to allow the contractor time to write testing and design requirements for inclusion to the 2005 building standards. (DOE funded)

  1. BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT PHASE II. Commission consideration of the Executive Director's Data Adequacy Recommendation for the Blythe Energy Project Phase II. This is a 6-month, 520-megawatt combined-cycle power plant located in the city of Blythe. This project is an addition to the approved Blythe Energy Project (BEP) described in (99-AFC-8) (Docket No. 02-AFC-1). Contact: Bill Pfanner, (916) 654-4206. (15 minutes)

  2. BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT PHASE II. Possible approval of a Committee for the Blythe Energy Project Phase II Application for Certification (Docket No. 02-AFC-1). Contact: Bill Pfanner, (916) 654-4206. (5 minutes)

  3. THREE MOUNTAIN POWER PLANT (99-AFC-2C). Possible approval of a petition to amend various air quality Conditions of Certification. The modification will allow a higher sulfur content of supplied natural gas, change the method of determining compliance with the PM10 emission limit and permit an increase in SO2 emission limits. Contact: Connie Bruins, (916) 654-4545. (15 minutes)

  4. 2001 NET SYSTEM POWER REPORT. Possible approval of the 2001 Net System power Report for use in the power content label required by SB 1305. Contact: Ron Wetherall, (916) 654-4831. (15 minutes)

  5. ENERGY CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE ACT ACCOUNT. Possible approval of a loan to Chabot Las Positas Community College District for $238,000 to install two 75 kW natural gas fired cogeneration systems. Contact: Joseph Wang, (916) 654-4026. (15 minutes)

  6. 2001 NONRESIDENTIAL MANUAL. Possible approval of the Nonresidential Energy Conservation Manual for the 2001 (AB 970) Building Efficiency Standards. Contact: Nelson R. Pena, (916) 654-4217. (15 minutes)

  7. RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. Possible approval of changes to the Overall Guidelines for the Renewable Resource Trust Fund and the Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program, Volume 2 - New Renewable Resources Account. The changes identify the process by which projects participating in the New Renewable Resources Account may apply for extension of their conditional funding awards if they were unable to meet the statutory deadline of December 31, 2001, for becoming operational. In addition, changes are being proposed to clarify the process the Commission may use to cancel funding awards and to reconsider an award cancellation. Contact: Suzanne Korosec, (916) 654-4516. (15 minutes)

  8. RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. Possible approval to cancel the following funding awards issued under Notice of Auction 500-97-506 pursuant to the Commission's guidelines for the New Renewable Resources Account. Contact: Jim Hoffsis, (916) 653-2922. (20 minutes)

    1. CHRISTENSEN/LAZAR PROJECT-Funding Award Agreement REN-98-051 with Enron Wind Development Corporation in the amount of $3,485,545.

    2. COTTONWOOD PROJECT-Funding Award Agreement REN-98-052 with Enron Wind Development Corporation in the amount of $6,899,376.

    3. PAINTED HILLS PROJECT-Funding Award Agreement REN-98-053 with Painted Hills Wind Developers in the amount of $3,187,107.

    4. VICTORY GARDEN PROJECT-Funding Award Agreement REN-98-054 with Enron Wind Development Corporation in the amount of $4,221,882.
  1. SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM TAX CREDIT. Possible approval of the process developed in consultation with the Franchise Tax Board for certifying solar energy systems eligible for a tax credit under Senate Bill 17x2. Contact: Tony Brasil, (916) 651-6197. (15 minutes)

  2. ENERGY CONCEPTS COMPANY, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 500-01-028 for $240,000 to demonstrate gas-fired hot water heat pumps in the food and beverage industry. (PIER funded) Contact: Pramod Kulkarni, (916) 654-4637. (15 minutes)

  3. UC DAVIS, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING. Possible approval of Contract 500-01-027 for $415,716 to provide start-up funding to establish and administer a California Biomass Consortium. (PIER funded) Contact: Valentino Tiangco, (916) 654-4664. (15 minutes)

  4. Minutes

    Approval of Minutes from previous Energy Commission meetings.

  5. Commission Committee and Oversight

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

  6. Chief Counsel's Report

    The Commission may adjourn to closed session with its legal counsel to determine whether facts and circumstances exist that warrant the initiation of litigation [Government Code section 11126(e)(3)] or whether facts and circumstances exist that constitute a significant exposure to litigation against the Commission [Government Code section 11126(e)(2)]..

  7. Executive Director's Report

    Closed session may be held on personnel matters.
    [Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]

  8. Public Adviser's Report

  9. Public Comment

    People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy Commission.

    The Energy Commission may recess the meeting and continue it later for purposes of a general discussion of internal organization and policy. No action will be taken at such a continued session. The Energy Commission will announce whether it plans to continue the meeting in this manner and the time and location at the end of the last numbered item.

    If you require special accommodations, contact Betty LaFranchi at (916) 654-5204, five days prior to the meeting.

    News media inquiries should be directed to: Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director -- (916) 654-4989

    Questions about participation in the Business Meeting should be directed to: Roberta Mendonca, Public Adviser -- (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228

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