California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2005
1516 Ninth Street
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Postponed until 11:30 a.m
Hearing Room A, First Floor
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 considered and voted on as a group. A Commissioner may request that an item be discussed and moved to later on the agenda).
- COMMISSION CO-SPONSORSHIP. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship for the WestStart - U.S. Army National Automotive Center's Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Conference 2006 being held February 22 - 24, 2006, in San Diego, California. The Energy Commission will provide $3,000, staff time, travel expenses, and lend our name. Contact: Alan Argentine.
- COMMISSION CO-SPONSORSHIP. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship for the Faster Freight, Cleaner Air Conference and Exposition being held January 30 - February 1, 2006, in Long Beach, California. The Energy Commission will provide $2,500, staff time, travel expenses and lend our name. Contact: Alan Argentine.
- TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU). Possible approval of $748,706 for the ten highest scoring grant applications from Solicitation Cycle 04-03 of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER funded) Contact Alec Jenkins.
- 04-03-15, Du Pasquier, Rutgers University, Laminated Polymer Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, $75,000.
- 04-03-22, Harvey, Heliocentric, High Energy Density Capacitors for Photovoltaic Systems, $75,000.
- 04-03-07, Carter, University of California, Santa Cruz, High Efficiency Planar Luminescent Solar Concentrators, $74,636.
- 04-03-29, Kelley, Altex Technologies Corporation, Small Efficient Turbine System (SETS) for Distributed Energy Generation and Combined Heat and Power Applications, $74,796.
- 04-03-47, Smedley, University of California, Irvine, A Simple and Reliable Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems Element for Distributed Generation, $75,000.
- 04-03-11, Cirillo, Fiberstars, Inc., Distributed Optical Fiber Luminaires to Replace Fluorescent Freezer Case Lighting for Dramatic Energy Savings in California, $74,297.
- 04-03-39, Narendran, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Development of an Energy-Efficient, Ultra-Thin LED Luminaire, $75,000.
- 04-03-38, Menezes, InterPhases Research, Flexible Hybrid Solar Cell, $75,000.
- 04-03-19, Fraas, JX Crystals, Inc., Efficient Solar Photovoltaic Mirror Modules for Half the Cost of Today's Planar Modules, $75,000.
- 04-03-04, Brouwer, UC Irvine, National Fuel Research Center, Feasibility Study for Ceramic Proton Conductor-Based Reversible Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, $74,977.
- NOTE: THIS ITEM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2005, BUSINESS MEETING.
EXISTING RENEWABLE FACILITIES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK. Possible approval of recommended changes to the Existing Renewable Facilities Program guidebook - Target Price and Cap for Tier 1 biomass facilities. The California Biomass Energy Alliance submitted a written request to adjust the Target Price and Cap for Tier 1 technologies under the Energy Commissions Existing Renewable Facilities Program to account for increased fuel costs due to increases in diesel fuel prices. Contact: Tony Goncalves.
- PARADISE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT. Possible approval of a loan to the Paradise Unified School District for $341,677 to upgrade lighting systems. This project is estimated to save about $34,865 annually with a simple payback of 9.8 years. (ECAAA/Bond funded) Contact: Elizabeth Shirakh
- ANDERSON UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT. Possible approval of a $1,160,000 loan to the Anderson Union High School District to install a 245 kW photovoltaic system, a dedicated chiller, energy efficient lighting and controls, and re-commission the energy management system at West Valley High School. This project is estimated to save about $118,333 annually with a simple payback of 9.8 years. (ECAAA/Bond funded) Contact: Joseph Wang
- DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES. Possible approval of Interagency Agreement 600-05-003 with the Department of General Services to operate a Ford hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for demonstration purposes within the Sacramento Metro area. This demonstration is part of the Department of General Services, Air Resources Board, and Ford Motor Company hydrogen fuel cell vehicle demonstration and supports the Governor's plan to implement a "California Hydrogen Highway Network." Contact: Jim Folkman.
- ROBERT BOSCH CORPORATION. Possible approval of Contract 600-05-004 for a Memorandum of Understanding with Robert Bosch Corporation. Robert Bosch Corporation has offered to loan up to 14 advanced low-emission/high efficient light duty diesel vehicles (at no cost to the Commission) for up to one year. Vehicles will be used to collect data and results will be shared with Commissioners, staff, and the public. Contact: Irene Salazar.
- BUILDING INDUSTRY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 400-05-009 to the Building Industry Institute for $154,607 to develop and conduct classroom training and web-based seminars (webinars) on the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for residential production builders and local building departments. Contact: Dottie Horgan
Approval of the November 3, 2005, Business Meeting Minutes
- Energy Commission Committee and Oversight
A discussion on Energy Commission Committee and Oversight matters may be held.
- Chief Counsel's Report
The Energy 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 Energy Commission [Government Code section 11126(e)(2)].
- Executive Director's
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 Energy 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 16.
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