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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

February 1, 2006

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 moved and discussed later in the meeting).

      1. COMMISSION CO-SPONSORSHIP. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship for the 2nd Annual Waste Heat-to-Power Workshop, February 15 and 16, 2006, at University of California, Irvine. The Energy Commission will provide $1,500, staff time, travel expenses, and lend its name. Contact: Arthur J. Soinski.

      2. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Work Authorization UC MR-030, Amendment 1, under the Energy Commission Agreement Number 500-02-004, for a no-cost time extension from April 30, 2006 to June 30, 2007. This allows the contractor to participate in the ongoing 2008 Title 24 revision process for, The Interaction of Cool Roofs, Cool Ducts, and Cool Condenser Units on the Performance of Commercial Rooftop Package Air Conditioning Units. Contact: Chris Scruton. (15 minutes)

    2. 2006 RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT PLAN. Possible adoption of the 2006 Renewable Energy Investment Plan, Committee Draft. This investment plan recommends an allocation of funds collected from January 1, 2007, to January 1, 2012, pursuant to Senate Bill 1194 (Sher), Chapter 1050, Statutes of 2000, and Assembly Bill 995 (Wright), Chapter 1051, Statutes of 2000, Public Utilities Code Section 399.6. The investment plan is due to the Legislature on or before March 31, 2006. Contact: Pam Doughman. (15 minutes)

    3. RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD PROCUREMENT VERIFICATION REPORT. Possible approval of the Renewables Portfolio Standard Procurement Verification Report. Senate Bill 1078 (Sher, SB 1078, Chapter 516, Statutes of 2002) directs the Energy Commission to design and implement a tracking system to verify compliance with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This report transmits the RPS procurement verification findings for 2004 to the California Public Utilities Commission. Contact: Heather Raitt. (20 minutes)

    4. WALNUT CREEK ENERGY PARK. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation on data adequacy for the Walnut Creek Energy Park Application for Certification (05-AFC-2) and consideration of Committee assignment. Walnut Creek Energy, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy, filed an AFC to construct and operate a 500-megawatt peaking power plant in the City of Industry in Los Angeles County. Contact: Eric Knight. (15 minutes)

    5. SUN VALLEY POWER PROJECT. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation on data adequacy for the Sun Valley Power Project Application for Certification (05-AFC-3) and consideration of Committee assignment. Valle del Sol, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy, filed the Sun Valley Power Project AFC to construct and operate a 500-megawatt peaking power plant near Romoland, in Riverside County. Contact: Robert Worl. (15 minutes)

    6. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU). Possible approval of the seven highest scoring grant applications, totaling $524,086, in response to Solicitation Cycle 05-01 of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER funded) Contact Alec Jenkins.

      1. 05-01-20, Federspiel, Federspiel Controls, Constant-Volume to Variable Air Volume Conversion Technology, $75,000
      2. 05-01-07, Baker, M4 Engineering, Inc., Lightweight Carbon Fiber Truss Windmill Blade Demonstrator, $74,867
      3. 05-01-03, Arps, University of California, Irvine, Feasibility of Producing Bio-Hydrogen at Municipal Wastewater Facilities Using Molecular Studies to Optimize Production via the Anaerobic Digestion Process, $75,000
      4. 05-01-28, Kovar, Infoscitex Corporation, Development of Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials, $74,656
      5. 05-01-38, Pan, University of California, Davis, Energy Efficient Processing Method for Drying Fruits and Vegetables, $74,785
      6. 05-01-34, Mansell-Guthrie, Validation of Guthrie Lead Separation Process, $75,000
      7. 05-01-40, Proctor, Proctor Engineering Group Ltd., Advanced Onboard Diagnostic for Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps, $74,778

    7. CALIFORNIA COMMISSIONING COLLABORATIVE. Possible approval of Contract 400-02-014 for $50,000 membership fee with California Commissioning Collaborative. (ERPA funded) Contact: Tav Commins. (10 minutes)

    8. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY CENTER. Possible approval of Work Authorization MR-044, under Energy Commission Agreement Number 500-02-004, not to exceed $560,000, with the Regents of the University of California-Davis, California, Lighting Technology Center. This work authorization will develop and demonstrate energy-efficient lighting systems and improve the functionality of the Sensor Placement Optimization Tool software. Contact: Michael Seaman. (15 minutes)

    9. ENERGY CENTER OF WISCONSIN. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-024 for $338,000 with the Energy Center of Wisconsin, an administrative agency for Association of State Energy and Technology Transfer Institutions, to develop nationally accepted performance testing and reporting protocols. This project will also design a publicly searchable database for distributed generation systems, with an emphasis on combined heat and power applications. (PIER funded) Contact: Terry Thompson. (10 minutes)

    10. AMERICAN ENERGY ASSETS. Possible approval of Contract 500-02-025 for $700,000 with American Energy Assets to demonstrate high-temperature solar collectors for industrial process heat in an industrial setting. (PIER funded) Contact: Michael Lozano. (10 minutes)

    11. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY—NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-027 for $2,500,000 with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy laboratory to develop modular architecture for distributed energy (DER) power electronics that will be cheaper and more reliable. Standardized electrical interfaces, connections, and communication systems are required to achieve a universal plug-and-play environment for interconnection that benefits the customer and the utility grid. (PIER funded) Contact: Mark Rawson. (10 minutes)

    12. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-026 for $3,000,000 with Gas Technology Institute to investigate the potential safety, performance, emissions, and air quality impacts of increased variety of natural gas delivered in California. (PIER funded) Contact: Marla Mueller. (10 minutes)

    13. Items 13, 14, 15, and 16 are part of the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB), Phase II. The U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy, is providing $10,747,729 of the $14,076,338 funding. The Partnership will demonstrate the feasibility of land and geologic carbon sequestration through demonstration projects in Arizona, California, and Oregon.

    14. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-028 for $150,000 as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy and WESTCARB. The contract continues the detailed assessment of geologic formations that are proposed as pilot storage sites for sequestration. (PIER funded) Contact: Larry Myer, Kelly Birkinshaw. (10 minutes)

    15. CALIFORNIA DEPARMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-029 for $200,000 as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy and WESTCARB. The contract provides staff and data to support the development of fire models, studies of market validation and the conversion of former forest land back into forest using natural species. (PIER funded) Contact: Larry Myer, Kelly Birkinshaw. (10 minutes)

    16. ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-030 for $3,654,915 as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy and WESTCARB. The contract will:

      • Update and refine assessments of CO2 capture technology relevant to industrial plants.
      • Combine CO2 capture and transport.
      • Conduct a pilot test for CO2 storage in the rock formation of the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona. (DOE FE funded) Contact: Larry Myer, Kelly Birkinshaw

    1. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT (CIEE). Possible approval of Work Authorization Number MR-045, under PIER Contract 500-02-004 for $10,071,422 to:

      • Conduct additional assessments of geologic formations for possible CO2 sequestration sites in the WESTCARB region
      • Conduct a geologic field pilot to inject CO2 into geologic formations in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley and an in-depth assessment of storage potential at a site near Centralia, Washington
      • Conduct additional characterization of the CO2 sequestration potential in the WESTCARB region and conduct two pilots, in Shasta County, California, and Lake County, Oregon. (DOE FE/PIER funded) Contact: Larry Myer, Kelly Birkinshaw. (10 minutes)

    2. BLYTHE PROJECT, PHASE II. Consideration and possible action on Intervenor Carmela Garnica’s Petition for Reconsideration of the Energy Commission Decision certifying the Blythe Energy Project, Phase II near the city of Blythe. (Docket No. 02-AFC-1) Contact: Garret Shean. (30 minutes)

    3. COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS. Discussion and possible approval of the Committee structures and assignments for 2006. Contact: Kevin Kennedy. (10 minutes)

    4. Minutes

      Approval of Minutes from previous Energy Commission meetings.

    5. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion
      A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.

    6. 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)].

    7. Executive Director's Report

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

    8. Legislative Director's Report

    9. Public Adviser's Report

    10. 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 the last regular item.

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