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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, December 15, 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/webcast/.



  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-SPONSORSHIPS. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship request for which the Energy Commission may provide money, staff time, travel expenses and the use of its name for the following event.

  2. - 5th Annual Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Conference, $4,950, February 22-24, 2005, La Quinta, California. (ERPA funded) Contact: Jerry Wiens.
  3. NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-04-006 for $10,000 to pay for membership renewal with the New Buildings Institute. (ERPA funded) Contact: Tav Commins.

  4. HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES. Possible approval of Contract 400-04-007 for $14,000 to deliver up to three training workshops using U. S. Department of Energy Best Practices Steam Systems. This contract also provides technical services for the development and production of a Web-based streaming video. (Oregon Dept of Energy funded) Contact: Ricardo Amon

  1. SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ENERGY CENTER (01-AFC-22C) Possible approval of a petition to modify the Emission Reduction Credit Offset Package and other changes that affect air quality conditions of certification. (Docket No. 01-AFC-22C). Contact: Lance Shaw (5 minutes)

  2. PASTORIA ENERGY FACILITY. Possible approval of a petition to modify the Emission Reduction Credit Offsets Package and other changes that affect air quality conditions of certification. (Docket No. 99-AFC-7C) Contact: Nancy Tronaas (5 minutes)

  3. PASTORIA ENERGY FACILITY. Possible approval of a petition for a temporary increase in air emissions during commissioning. (Docket No. 99-AFC-7C) Contact: Nancy Tronaas (5 minutes)

  4. RIVERSIDE ENERGY RESOURCE CENTER SPPE COMMITTEE. Commission consideration and possible adoption of the Committee Proposed Decision approving a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) for the Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERCP). Contact: Gary Fay (1 hour)

  5. Item postponed and pulled from agenda. REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON RESIDENTIAL CLOTHES WASHER STANDARDS. Consideration and possible approval of the report to the Legislature outlining the Commissions progress in meeting the provisions of Assembly Bill 1561 (Kelley, Statutes of 2002) requiring the Commission to adopt water efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and to take the necessary steps to petition for a waiver from federal preemption.

  6. CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT DOCUMENTATION FOR APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS. Possible adoption of an Initial Study and Negative Declaration pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq.) regarding possible environmental impacts relating to amendments to the current Appliance Efficiency Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601-1608). (See item 8) Contact: Tony Rygg (5 minutes)

  7. APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY RULEMAKING (Docket No. 04-AAER-01). Consideration and possible adoption of the Amendments to Appliance Efficiency Regulations published as Express Terms of Proposed Regulations (15-Day Language) dated November 30, 2004. The Efficiency Committee recommends adoption of Alternative 2. Contact: Michael Martin (30 minutes)

  8. EXPANDED WIND DEMONSTRATION. Possible approval of grants for three wind projects to be funded a total of $5,000,000 during the 2004/2005 fiscal year. Each project will demonstrate a low-speed wind turbine technology coupled with an intermittency management capability that relies on commercially available generation/storage technologies. (PIER funded) Contact: Dora Yen-Nakafuji (5 minutes)

  1. Clipper Windpower, Inc., $1,750,000
  2. GE Global Research and Development, $1,738,084
  3. Windtower Composites LLC, $1,511,916
  1. U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (USDOE) AND BOB LAWRENCE AND ASSOCIATES. Possible approval to accept a $99,991 grant from U. S. DOE for a cost benefits analysis on Energy Commission geothermal projects. This approval will also award Bob Lawrence and Associates $84,909 to perform a portion of these services. (US DOE funded) Contact: Elaine Sison-Lebrilla (5 minutes)

  2. REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Possible approval of a grant for $2,298,427 to the University of California Energy Institute (UCEI) to operate an existing research program known as Center for the Study of Energy Markets (CSEM). UCEI will operate CSEM to conduct economic research, prepare and publish research and policy papers, sponsor research and policy conferences and undertake other specified outreach activities to disseminate the research results to the energy community. (PIER funded) Contact: Mike Jaske (5 minutes)

  3. CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATOR SUBPOENA. Consideration and possible adoption of a subpoena directing the California Independent System Operator to provide data relevant to issues associated with resource adequacy for the summer of 2005. Contact: Caryn Holmes (5 minutes)

  4. INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT 2005 - STATUS REPORT ON DATA COLLECTION. Report from staff on the status of data filings for electricity retail price forecasts, and discussion of enforcement options, if necessary. Contact: Kevin Kennedy (15 minutes)

  5. U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY (NREL). Possible approval of Contract 500-03-011 Amendment 1, to redirect $405,000 from a discontinued task to perform a new work. NREL will be conduct modeling and additional testing on an interconnect device for complying with national interconnection standards. They will also assist PIER in developing a new research initiative on power electronic interfaces. (PIER funded) Contact: Bernard Treanton (5 minutes)

  6. OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES. Possible approval of Contract 600-04-016 for $50,000 to conduct an energy emergency contingency planning exercise involving the Energy Commission, Air Resources Board, State Fire Marshall, Office of Emergency Services, the Resources Agency and other agencies and departments involved in responding to energy emergencies in California. (ERPA funded) Contact: Irene Salazar (5 minutes)

  7. GRANITE FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-04-013 for $74,700 to provide temporary support services to assist the Emerging Renewables Program during peak workload times. This workload is a result of increased rebate applications filed in anticipation of the decline of the rebate level. ($50,000-ERPA and $24,700-RRTF funded) Contact: Abloghasem Edalati (5 minutes)

  8. COMPETITIVE ENERGY INSIGHT INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-04-015 for $128,621 to perform economic analysis of distributed generation/combined heat and power applications. (PIER funded) Contact: Mark Rawson (5 minutes)

  9. SMITHERS SCIENTIFIC SERVICES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-04-017 for $400,000 to conduct a study of low rolling resistance tires to examine any relationships to other tire characteristics such as longevity, safety and ease of tire recycling; and establish a database of these characteristics. (Reimburseable Interagency Agreement with Integrated Waste Management Board) Contact: Arnold Ward (5 minutes)

  10. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-04-014 for $475,000 to conduct surveys, both on-site and by phone, of California homes to characterize energy use and base load demand of low-power electronic equipment. (PIER funded) Contact: Steve Williams (5 minutes)

  11. LOWER-EMISSION SCHOOL BUS PROGRAM PHASE 4. Possible approval of Contracts with 11 school districts for a total of $1,120,000, to purchase new, safer and lower emission buses. School districts will be required to destroy one pre-1987 school bus for every new bus received. (AB 425 funded) Contact: Mike Trujillo (10 minutes)

  1. Contract 600-04-005, El Centro Elementary School District, $115,663
  2. Contract 600-04-006, Sonora Union School District, $106,543
  3. Contract 600-04-007, Simi Valley Unified School District, $135,017
  4. Contract 600-04-008, Chowchilla Unified School District, $92,023
  5. Contract 600-04-009, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District,$135,707
  6. Contract 600-04-010, Selma Unified School District, $106,543
  7. Contract 600-04-011, El Tejon Unified School District, $135,707
  8. Contract 600-04-012, South Fork Unified School District, $106,156
  9. Contract 600-04-013, Imperial Unified School District, $120,707
  10. Contract 600-04-014, Marysville Unified School District, $106,543
  11. Contract 600-04-015, Merced Unified School District, $113,208
  1. CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (CPUC). Possible approval of Contract R500-04-012 with the CPUC to award the Energy Commission $200,000 to hire staff for the Public Interest Natural Gas Research Program. (CPUC and Gas Consumption Surcharge Fund-funded) Contact: Steve Williams (5 minutes)

  2. CALIFORNIA WIND ENERGY COLLABORATIVE (CWEC). Possible approval of Work Authorization WA #MR-017 (Contract 500-02-004) amendment with the University of California, Davis to add $2.3 million to the Contract and extend the work authorization term to June 30, 2006. During this extended period, the Collaborative will continue to plan and administer CWEC activities ($462,000) and will increase its scope of work with additional and expanded tasks related to the Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report activities. (PIER funded) Contact: Dora Yen-Nakafuji (5 minutes)

  3. Minutes

    Approval of the Minutes from the December 1, 2004 business meeting.

  4. Commission Committee and Oversight

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

  5. Chief Counsel's Report

    TThe 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)].

  6. Executive Director's Report

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

  7. Legislative Director's Report

  8. Public Adviser's Report

  9. 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 15.

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