[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Friday, April 9, 2004

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

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


  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, presenters, and an advertising mail-out with our regularly scheduled mailings.

    2. - 24th Annual Utility Forum, "Energy Efficiency and Renewables-The First Response Strategy", May 5-7, 2004, Granlibakken Conference Center, Lake Tahoe.

    3. U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Work Authorization MR-030 with the University of California under PIER Research Agreement 500-02-004 to increase the value of California's electricity by improving the efficiency of air conditioning systems with exposed ductwork and to assess the impact of cool roofs on rooftop air conditioner efficiency. The total cost for this initial project is not to exceed $346,563. (PIER funded) Contact: Chris Scruton, (916) 653-0948.

  1. MODESTO ELECTRIC GENERATION STATION (MEGS; Docket No. 03-SPPE-01). Consideration of Request for Reconsideration of Commission Small Power Plant Exemption Decision for the Modesto Irrigation District's Modesto Electric Generation Station. Contact: Jonathan Blees, (916) 654-3953. (5 minutes)

  2. KERN RIVER COGENERATION PROJECT (82-AFC-2C). Possible approval of a petition to allow two of the four existing cogeneration units to operate either in simple-cycle or cogeneration mode. Contact: Nancy Tronaas, (916) 654-3864.

  3. ALAMEDA COUNTY. Possible approval of a loan to Alameda County for $2,564,600 to install a 1,112-kilowatt photovoltaic solar system at six county facilities. This project is estimated to save about $256,460 annually and has a simple payback of 10 years. (Local Jurisdiction Energy Assistance Loan Account funded) Contact: Joseph Wang, (916) 654-4026. (5 minutes)

  4. NET SYSTEM POWER REPORT. Consideration and possible adoption of the 2003 Net System Power Report for use in the power content label required by SB 1305. Contact: Ron Wetherall, (916) 654-4831. (5 minutes)

  5. EMERGING RENEWABLES PROGRAM. Possible approval to transfer $10,000,000 in interest earnings on funds in the Renewable Resource Trust Fund to the Emerging Renewables Program. The funds would be used to reserve and pay rebates for renewable energy systems less than 30-kilowatts in capacity. Contact: Tim Tutt, (916) 654-4590. (5 minutes)

  6. SOLAR TURBINES INCORPORATED. Possible approval of committing $500,000 of PIER funds for a sole source contract (Contract 500-03-036) with Solar Turbines to co-fund a field demonstration of the 4.6-megawatt Mercury 50 gas turbine at a commercial distributed generation, Combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) site in California. This novel turbine has high efficiency (38.5%) and low emissions (5 ppmv NOx) without exhaust gas cleanup. The owner/operator will be the VA hospital in San Diego and Sempra Energy Solutions will install and commission the system. (PIER funded) Contact: John Henry Beyer, (916) 654-4609. (5 minutes)

  7. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Work Authorization MR-029, not to exceed $995,763, under the PIER Research Agreement 500-02-004 to develop and demonstrate a distributed biogas energy system utilizing organic solid wastes, (PIER funded) Contact: Valentino Tiangco, (916) 654-4664. (5 minutes)

  8. CSUS FOUNDATION. Possible approval of Contract 200-96-010 Amendment 5, for $2,400,000 which will add authority of $800,000 from special funds for each fiscal year 04/05, 05/06 and 06/07 and will extend the student contract term to March 31, 2012 to equal the liquidation period of the June 2007 funds. The Department of Finance has given a blanket spending freeze exemption approval for these funds. (The contract is funded by: PIER-$210,000, Renewables-$390,000, ECAA-$35,000 and Federal-$165,000) Contact: Kyle Emigh, (916) 654-4396. (5 minutes)

  9. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION. Possible approval of Contract 200-03-008 for $40,057.44 for the services of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Matters (pending freeze exemption approval). (ERPA funded) Contact: Betty LaFranchi, (916) 654-5204. (5 minutes)

  10. Minutes

    Approval of minutes from the March 17, 2004 business meeting.

  11. Commission Committee and Oversight

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

  12. Legislative Director's Report

  13. 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)].

  14. Executive Director's Report

    Closed session may be held on personnel matters.

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

Please note that time estimates provided for each item are approximate and that the order of the agenda may be re-arranged by the Chair. Persons interested in any agenda item should plan to attend or monitor the meeting from the beginning of the meeting.

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