California Energy Commission
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
Please see information at: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/.
THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- 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).
- COMMISSION CO-SPONSORSHIPS. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship request for which the Energy Commission will provide $4,950, staff time, travel expenses and the use of its name for the following events:
- Fourth Annual Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference, $4,950, November 8-10, 2004, Des Moines, Iowa. Contact: Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, (916) 653-0363.
- LA PALOMA GENERATING PROJECT. Possible approval to transfer the ownership of the La Paloma Generating Project from the La Paloma Generating Trust to the La Paloma Generating Company, LLC. (Docket No. 98-AFC-2C) Contact: Nancy Tronaas, (916) 654-3864.
- DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY - LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-03-024 Amendment 1, to correct an administrative error associated in the original money amount. The correct amount should be $2,955,000 instead of $2,995,000. (PIER funded) Contact: Bernard Treanton, (916) 654-4512.
- 2004 ENERGY REPORT UPDATE. Possible approval of the 2004 Energy Report Update which provides the Governor and Legislature with an update from the 2003 Energy Report, continuing a focus on upgrading California's energy infrastructure with additional analysis and recommendations on reliability, transmission planning and renewable energy development. Contact: Sandra Fromm, (916) 654-4651. (30 minutes)
- INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT DATA REQUEST FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS. Possible adoption of a Commission order requiring certain load serving entities to provide data relating to electricity demand forecasts and retail price forecasts. Contact: Kevin Kennedy, (916) 651-8836. (15 minutes)
- ALAMEDA-CONTRA COSTA TRANSIT HYDROGEN DEVELOPMENT & DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. Possible approval of a grant for $925,000 with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit) for the development and demonstration of a gaseous hydrogen fueling station. It is anticipated that this project will include an element for reforming methane (natural gas) into hydrogen in addition to a hydrogen storage and dispensing infrastructure. Contact: Jim Folkman, (916) 654-5116. (5 minutes)
- APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY RULEMAKING. Consideration of public comments on proposed Appliance Efficiency Regulations published as Express Terms of Proposed Regulations (45-Day Language) dated September 10, 2004. . The Efficiency Committee has decided that it will shortly issue revised language (15-Day Language) and thus does not recommend adoption of the 45-Day language, but will provide an opportunity for the public to make oral or written comments at this time. The proposal includes, but is not limited to, new provisions for commercial refrigerators and freezers, refrigerated bottled and canned beverage vending machines, automatic commercial ice makers, water dispensers, packaged air-cooled air conditioners with cooling capacity from 240,000 to 760,000 Btu/hour, evaporative coolers, ceiling fans, whole house fans, residential exhaust fans, unit heaters and duct furnaces, residential pool pumps, portable electric spas, dishwasher pre-rinse spray valves, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, traffic signal modules for pedestrian control, luminaries for metal halide lamps, under-cabinet fluorescent luminaire ballasts, commercial hot food holding cabinets, external power supplies and audio and video equipment. Contact: Michael Martin, (916) 654-4039. (15 minutes)
- BEACON POWER CORPORATION. Possible approval of Contract 500-04-009 for $1,232,854, to demonstrate the benefits of applying flywheel energy storage system as an energy stabilizing asset to provide the California Independent System Operator new frequency regulation options during times of rapidly varying electrical loads. (PIER funded) Contact: Pramod Kulkarni, (916) 654-4637. (5 minutes)
- CALIFORNIA POWER AUTHORITY. Possible approval of a Memorandum of Understanding 400-04-005, transferring management of the Demand Reserves Partnership Program (DRPP) from the California Power Authority to the Energy Commission. This also authorizes the Executive Director to execute future contracts for the transfer program. Contact: E. V. (Al) Garcia, (916) 654-4045. (5 minutes)
Approval of the Minutes from the October 20, 2004 business meeting.
- Commission Committee and Oversight
A discussion on Commission Committee and Oversight matters may be held.
- 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)].
- Executive Director's Report
Closed session may be held on personnel matters.
[Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
- Legislative Director's Report
- Public Adviser's Report
- 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 14.
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 note that while the Commission affords members of the public to also participate by telephone, the Commission strongly encourages public comments to be made in person because there are occasional technical problems with the Commission's telephonic link. The Commission will make every effort to avoid these problems. However, it is the responsibility of the person wishing to make a comment to ensure that such comment is received by the Commission. As such, if you intend to make comments by phone, the Commission recommends that a written comment also be submitted either by facsimile or email to the Public Adviser by 5p.m. two days prior to the Scheduled Business Meeting.
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