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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, December 14, 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. NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-05-011 for $15,000 to pay for membership renewal with the New Buildings Institute, Inc. (ERPA funded) Contact: Tav Commins

    1. CITY OF LOS ANGELES. Possible approval of a $2,905,023 loan to the City of Los Angeles to convert incandescent street lights to induction lighting fixtures. This project is estimated to save the City approximately 2,423,520 kWh and $296,431 in reduced energy costs annually, with a simple payback of approximately 9.8 years. (ECAA and/or Bond funded) Contact: Adel Suleiman. (10 minutes)

    2. WOODLEY WEATHER CONSULTANTS. Possible approval of Work Authorization UC MR-042, with Woodley Weather Consultants not to exceed $615,000 under Contract 500-02-004. This work authorization will authorize a field study to better understand the hypothesized loss of precipitation in the California Sierra Nevada due to aerosols produced in upwind urban/industrial areas. (PIER funded) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)

    3. AB 549 REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE. Possible approval of the report required by Assembly Bill 549 (Longville), Chapter 905, Statutes of 2001, directing the Energy Commission to investigate options and develop a plan to decrease wasteful peak-load energy consumption in existing residential and nonresidential buildings. Contact: Bill Pennington. (10 minutes)

    4. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE, AUSTRALIAN GREENHOUSE OFFICE (AGO). Possible approval of Contract 400-05-012 for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Energy Commission and the Australian Greenhouse Office. The AGO is responsible for a wide range of government programs that implement Australia’s National Greenhouse Strategy. This MOU relates to energy efficiency programs for buildings and appliances, and encourages sharing information and resources. Contact: Bill Pennington. (5 minutes)

    5. 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 of fuel pathways on the electricity system. 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)

    6. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-01-016, Amendment 1, for $232,872 and 21 months’ time extension with UC Davis to help administer the California Biomass Collaborative. The amendment continues the work of the Collaborative and adds 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)

    7. BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT. Consideration and possible adoption of the Presiding Member’s Proposed Decision for the Blythe Energy Project, Phase II Application for Certification (02-AFC-1). Contact: Garret Shean. (30 minutes)

    8. Minutes

      Approval of the November 21, 2005, Special Business Meeting and the November 30, 2005 Business Meeting Minutes. .

    9. Energy Commission Committee and Oversight

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

    10. 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)].

    11. Executive Director's

      Closed session may be held on personnel matters.

      [Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]

    12. Legislative Director's Report

    13. Public Adviser's Report

    14. 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.

    Should you wish to connect via the WebCast, the address is: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

    The Energy Commission now has wireless Internet access available in the atrium, coffee shop and library.

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