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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, November 30, 2005

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Sacramento, California
(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-SPONSORSHIP. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship for the US Department of Energy's 3rd Annual Advanced Stationary Reciprocating Engines Conference being held March 21 - 22, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois. The Energy Commission will provide up to $4,999, staff time, travel expenses, and lend its name. A Commissioner or designee may be invited as a keynote speaker. (PIER funded) Contact: Avtar Bining

    2. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-01-021, Amendment 1, with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a one-year, no cost time extension to develop colored cool roofing materials. This time is necessary for continued monitoring cool and baseline roofs to assess energy impacts and weather effects. (PIER funded) Contact: Chris Scruton.

    3. FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT (FPL) ENERGY GREEN POWER WIND, LLC. Possible approval of Contract REN-98-055, Amendment 1, transferring ownership for the Wintec Project under the New Renewable Resources Account from Enron Wind Development Corp to FPL Energy Green Power Wind, LLC. Contact: Tony Goncalves.

  2. 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 Commission's Existing Renewable Facilities Program to account for increased fuel costs due to higher diesel fuel prices. Contact: Tony Goncalves. (10 minutes)

  3. TIAX, LLC. Possible approval of an amendment to Work Authorization #UC MR-038 under PIER Contract 500-02-004 with The Regents of the University of California - Office of the President/CIEE for scenario development and integration. This amendment adds $271,000 and no additional time. The total PIER allocation cost for this project is not to exceed $2,271,746. (PIER funded) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)

  4. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of a $2,500,000 work authorization under the UC Master Research Agreement with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and coordination with the California Independent System Operator. This effort will develop and demonstrate two sets of analytical tools: 1) Real-Time Applications of Phasors for Monitoring, Alarming and Control and 2) Real-Time Voltage Security Assessment Tool. (PIER funded) Contact: Jamie Patterson. (10 minutes)

  5. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-020 for $100,000 with the University of Southern California to determine the most vulnerable scenarios for an interconnected electric power grid failure precipitated by a terrorist attack. (PIER funded) Contact: David Chambers. (10 minutes)

  6. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-019 for $239,969 with Gas Technology Institute to demonstrate a first-generation very-high-efficiency /low-emissions natural gas-fired "Super Boiler" (potential 90+ percent efficiency). (PIER funded) Contact: Michael Lozano. (10 minutes)

  7. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, MERCED. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-021 for $577,563 with UC Merced from the Public Interest Natural Gas Research program to demonstrate a non-tracking solar collector for the generation of high temperature steam. The project would validate the effectiveness of new lower cost solar systems that do not require mechanical tracking of the sun. (PIER funded) Contact: Michael Lozano. (10 minutes)

  8. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-01-016, Amendment 1, for $232,872 and nine months time extension with UC Davis to help administer the California Biomass Collaborative. The amendment continues the work of the Collaborative and to add the development of a roadmap document laying out recommendations for longer-term management of the state's agricultural, forest, and municipal biomass resources. (PIER funded) Contact: Valentino Tiangco. (10 minutes)

  9. AMERIT CONSULTING, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-05-010 for $99,950 with Amerit Consulting, Inc. to provide temporary support services for the Energy Commission's Emerging Renewables Program regarding the peak workload related to increased rebate applications submitted before a scheduled rebate reduction. The contract support staff will assist Energy Commission staff with reservation application review and data entry. (Renewable Trust Fund) Contact: Mark Hutchison. (10 minutes)

  10. RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-018 for $125,000 with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to participate in the National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP). NLPIP is an accredited testing and calibration laboratory that, through the support of its participating government agencies, public benefit organizations, and electric utilities, disseminates objective, accurate, timely, manufacturer-specific information about energy-efficient lighting products. (PIER funded) Contact: Michael Seaman. (10 minutes)

  11. Minutes
    Approval of the November 16, 2005, Business Meeting Minutes.

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

  13. 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)].

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

  15. Legislative Director's Report

  16. Public Adviser's Report

  17. 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.

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 e-mail to the Public Adviser by (5 p.m.) two days prior to the Scheduled Business Meeting.

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