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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
10 a.m.
Sacramento, California 95814
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
Please see information at: www.energy.ca.gov/realaudio/.


THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  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 might provide the use of its name, key-note speaker, presenters for conference session and planning. Contact: Avtar Bining, (916) 657-2002.

      - Advanced Stationary Reciprocating Engine RD&D: Opportunities for ARES-ARICE Collaboration, April 13-15, 2004, Holiday Inn, Downtown Plaza, Sacramento, California.


    2. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-02-025 Amendment 1, to provide a no-cost time extension to demonstrate an Advanced Vortex Combustor that produces 3 ppmv or less NOx emissions without after treatment. Contact: Avtar Bining, (916) 567-2002.


    3. XENERGY INC. Possible approval of Contract 300-00-004 Amendment 2, for a no-cost extension which extends the terms of the contract from June 30, 2004 to December 31, 2004. Contact: Glen Sharp, (916) 654-4764.


    4. GAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 700-00-002 Amendment 1, for a no-cost time extension to develop particulate matter test methods for stationary combustion sources, with additional time, from March 31, 2004 to December 31, 2004, for field tests, to complete quality reports and provide time for extensive reviews. Contact: Philip Misemer, (916) 654-4552.


    5. MUNIFINANCIAL. Possible approval of Contract 400-03-007 for $17,385 to provide rebate arbitrage compliance services for the $28 million Energy Efficiency Master Trust Revenue Bond Series 2003A. (ECAA Bond funded) Contact: Jane Heinz, (916) 654-4502.


  2. TURLOCK IRRIGATION DISTRICT'S WALNUT ENERGY CENTER (WEC). Commission consideration and possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision recommending approval of the Application for Certification for the 250-megawatt Walnut Energy Center proposed by the Turlock Irrigation District (Docket No. 02-AFC-4). Contact: Stan Valkosky, (916) 654-3893. (15 minutes)


  3. AGRICULTURAL BIOMASS TO ENERGY PROGRAM. Consideration and possible approval of the proposed guidelines (P500-03-102D2) for the Agricultural Biomass to Energy Program pursuant to Senate Bill 704 (SB 704, Florez, Chapter 480, Statutes of 2003). Contact: Tony Goncalves, (916) 651-5168. (15 minutes)


  4. ENERGY CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE ACT ACCOUNT BOND FUND Possible approval of a loan to the Town of Los Altos Hills for $160,000 to install 30 kW photovoltaic solar panels, lighting controls, solar lighting tubes, higher efficiency HVAC units and upgraded envelope features at their new Town Hall building. In addition, the Town of Los Altos Hills will install new LED traffic lights. The project is estimated to save $16,000 per year and has a payback of 10 years. (ECAA Bond funded) Contact: Brad Meister, (916) 653-1594. (15 minutes)


  5. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-03-024 for $2,955,000 to develop tools and techniques using microgrid strategies for integrating into the system of distributed energy technologies into the system while supporting transmission reliability. (PIER funded) Contact: Bernard Treanton, (916) 654-44512. (15 minutes)


  6. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY-LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of a Contract 500-03-026 for $7,999,970 to establish a multi-institutional Demand Response Research Center. The center will develop, prioritize, conduct and disseminate demand response research over three years. (PIER funded) Contact: David Michel, (916) 651-9864. (15 minutes)


  7. Minutes

    Approval of minutes from the February 4, 2004 business meeting.


  8. Commission Committee and Oversight

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


  9. Chief Counsel's Report

    The Commission may adjourn to a 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)].


  10. Executive Director's Report

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


  11. Public Adviser's Report


  12. 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 12.

    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:
    Margret Kim, Public Adviser -- (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228


Should you wish to participate via telephone, call toll free 1-888-823-5065 on Business Meeting days after 10:01 a.m. (PDT). When asked, please answer "Business Meeting and Mr. Jerome Lee" and the operator will connect you into the meeting. Should you want to speak on a specific item, please inform the operator that you want to speak and the item number. Please be aware that while the Commission makes this opportunity to participate by telephone available in an effort to make its hearings inclusive, parties who have comments that they consider to be essential for the Commission to hear should consider attending the hearing in person because there are occasional technical problems with our telephonic link. The Commission will make every effort to avoid these problems but it cannot accept responsibility for them.

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