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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, November 20, 2002



  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. MARIN COUNTY. Commission consideration and possible concurrence that Marin County's local Energy Ordinance exceeds the current Energy Efficiency requirements of Title 24, Part 6.

    2. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES (DGS). Possible approval of Contract R600-02-006 for $15,000 to reimburse the Commission for a third of the total of the working expenses ($45,000) on the SB 1170 effort. SB 1170 directs the Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board and DGS to develop fuel-efficiency and air pollution emission standards and recommendations governing the purchase of new state vehicles and replacement tires that will result in reduced petroleum consumption.

    3. CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (ARB). Possible approval of Contract R600-02-005 to reimburse the Commission $15,000 for a third of the total of the working expenses ($45,000) on the SB 1170 effort. SB 1170 directs the Energy Commission, the Department of General Services and ARB to develop fuel-efficiency and air pollution emission standards and recommendations governing the purchase of new state vehicles and replacement tires that will result in reduced petroleum consumption.

    4. METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Possible approval of Contract 400-00-013 Amendment 1, for the replacement of two subtasks (2.2.2. and 2.3.2) and a no-cost time extension until March 31, 2005. This contract focuses on the evaluation of new and innovative electro-technologies for salinity removal and disinfection of various source waters and their impacts on the energy requirement and cost of producing potable water.

    5. PARADISE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT. Possible approval of Contract 600-01-057 Amendment 1, for $18,021.76 through the Lower Emission School District to cost share for a school that qualifies for the environmental justice hardship.

    6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT (UCOP). Possible approval of work authorization WA-001 for the management and administration of research, development and demonstration awards for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program developed under Interagency Agreement 500-02-004. The total cost for this WA is not to exceed $250,000.

    7. UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO, SCRIPPS INSTITUTE. Possible approval of work authorization WA-002 under PIER Research Agreement 500-02-004 with the University of California at San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography to develop, test, and operate a new low cost and flexible environmental monitoring system. The total cost for this initial project is not to exceed $147,000.

    8. ELECTRIC POWER INSTITUTE (EPRI) COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH. Possible approval of Contract 100-98-001 Amendment 4, for a no-cost, time extension for 15 months to complete work on projects that began in 2002.

  2. PICO POWER PROJECT. Commission consideration of the Executive Director's Data Adequacy Recommendation for the Central Valley Energy Center Project Application for Certification. This is a 6-month, 122-megawatt power plant located in the city of Santa Clara in Santa Clara County (Docket No. 02-AFC-3). Contact: Matt Trask, (916) 654-4067. (15 minutes)

  3. PICO POWER PROJECT. Possible approval of a Committee for the Pico Power Project Application for Certification (Docket No. 02-AFC-3). Contact: Matt Trask, (916) 654-4067. (5 minutes)

  4. LOCAL JURISDICTION ENERGY ASSISTANCE LOAN ACCOUNT. Possible approval of a loan to the county of San Mateo for $150,000 to install a variable speed drive on the Trane Centravac chiller at the county courts building. Contact: Joseph Wang, (916) 654-4026. (15 minutes)

  5. ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM. Possible approval of seven grant projects totaling $519,436 under the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program. Contact: Alec Jenkins, (916) 654-4597. (15 minutes)

  6. PUBLIC INTEREST ENERGY RESEARCH (PIER) PROGRAM. Consideration and possible approval of proposed revised procedures for sole and single source awards. Contact: Alec Jenkins, (916) 654-4597. (15 minutes)

  7. ELECTRICITY SURCHARGE RATE. Commission consideration and possible approval of the electricity surcharge rate for calendar year 2003. Chapter 1124, Statutes of 2002 authorizes the Energy Commission to fix the electricity surcharge rate at a public meeting each November for each calendar year starting the following January. Contact: Mark Hutchison, (916) 654-6718. (15 minutes)

  8. BEVILACQUA-KNIGHT INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-02-011 for $414,717 to advance residential retro-commissioning. Contact: Chris Scruton, (916) 653-0948. (15 minutes)

  9. ICF ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED. Possible approval of Contract 500-00-041 Amendment 1, to augment the contract with $250,000 from the Consumer Education Account funds, extend the contract term to December 31, 2003 and realign the budget line items. Contact: Ann Peterson, (916) 653-4246. (15 minutes)

  10. CALIFORNIA CONSUMER FINANCE AND POWER AUTHORITY. Possible approval of a Memorandum of Understanding 400-02-004 to clearly state the intentions of both agencies to cooperate on issuing a Revenue Bond for approximately $20 to $30 million. The Bond will be supported from repayments from some existing Energy Commission loans that are due over the next ten years. Proceeds from the Bond will be used to augment the Energy Commissions Energy Efficiency Financing Program. Contact: Daryl Mills, (916) 654-5070. (15 minutes)

  11. NATURAL GAS SURCHARGE. On October 3, 2002, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted Rulemaking (R.) 02-10-001, on "the establishment of a public purpose program surcharge: pursuant to AB 1002. This legislation, effective January 1, 2001 imposes a natural gas surcharge. The CPUC proceeding will determine the amount of the surcharge, the allocation of the surcharge between programs and the administration of the programs, except for energy efficiency (EE). (EE will be addressed in the on-going EE proceeding.) Staff recommends that the Energy Commission advocate for 1) increasing the amount allocated to natural gas research & development (R&D) and 2) placing the administration of the R&D program with the Energy Commission. Contact: Jennifer Tachera, (916) 654-3870. (15 minutes)

  12. Minutes Approval of Minutes from November 6, 2002.

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

  14. 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)].

  15. Executive Director's Report

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

  16. Public Adviser's Report

  17. Public Comment

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

    The Commission may recess the meeting and continue it later for purposes of a general discussion of Commission internal organization and policy. No action will be taken at such a continued session. The Commission will announce whether it plans to continue the meeting in this manner and the time and location at the end of Item 17.

    If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146, 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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