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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

February 15, 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. WATER POLICY ENERGY SYMPOSIUM. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship for the Water Policy Symposium on March 28, 2006, to discuss the interrelationship between water and energy use. Other co-sponsors include California Public Utility Commission (Confirmed) and Department of Water Resources (Not yet confirmed). Contact: Shahid Chaudhry.

  1. 2005 GEOTHERMAL PROGRAM SOLICITATION. Possible approval of five proposed projects totaling $3,400,000 from the Geothermal Resources Development Account for fiscal year 2005/2006, which resulted from the 2005 Geothermal Program Solicitation. Contact: Elaine Sison-Lebrilla. (10 minutes)

    1. Planning:
      a. Town of Mammoth Lakes: Structuring Geothermal Heating District for Mammoth Lakes. $191,176

    2. Mitigation:
      a. Imageair Inc: Application of InSAR to the Monitoring and Mitigation of Surface Subsidence from Increased Geothermal Development in the Imperial Valley, CA. $292,726

    3. Resource Development:
      1. Bottle Rock Power Corporation: Increasing Steam Production from an Existing Well Using Near-Horizontal Drilling Technology. $880,237
      2. Fort Bidwell Indian Community: Geothermal Exploration Drilling, Assessment and Demonstration in Indian Country. $1,139,814
      3. Mammoth Pacific LP: Rhyolite Plateau Geothermal Exploration Project. $896,047

  2. BUILDING STANDARDS COMPLIANCE OPTION FOR EVAPORATIVELY COOLED CONDENSING UNIT. Possible approval of a compliance option for evaporatively cooled condensing units for use with the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Approval of this compliance option will provide appropriate compliance credit for installing evaporatively cooled condensing units in residential buildings. Evaporatively cooled condensing units use less energy compared to conventional air-cooled air conditioning units. Contact: Ram Verma (10 minutes)

  3. CITY OF CAPITOLA. Possible approval of a loan for $40,000 to the City of Capitola to install energy efficient Light Emitting Diode traffic lights. This project is estimated to save about $8,800 annually with a simple payback of 4.4 years. (ECAA/Bond funded) Contact: Mary Ellen Bronson. (10 minutes)

  4. CITY OF VICTORVILLE. Possible approval of a loan for $54,566 to the City of Victorville to install packaged Ice Bear thermal energy storage systems at two city facilities. This project is estimated to save about $5,667 annually with a simple payback of 9.6 years. (ECAA/Bond funded) Contact: Joseph Wang. (10 minutes)

  5. COUNTY OF ALAMEDA. Possible approval of a $703,917 loan augmentation to the County of Alameda's existing loan of $2,154,848 awarded in September 2004. The original funding was used to install three 250-kilowatt fuel cell cogeneration modules at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. This augmentation allows the county to install an additional 250-kilowatt module resulting in a total system capacity of one megawatt. The additional module is estimated to save the County 1,752,000 kilowatt hours or $71,828 annually in reduced energy costs with a simple payback of approximately 9.8 years. (ECAA/Bond funded) Contact: Adel Suleiman. (10 minutes)

  6. WESTERN GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION. Possible approval of Contract R650-05-006 for a reimbursement between the Energy Commission and the Western Governor's Association (WGA). Under this agreement, WGA will provide $100,000 to fund a study of Biofuels Technology Development in California. (WGA funded) Contact: Tom MacDonald. (10 minutes)

  7. PROFESSOR RICHARD J. LAZARUS. Possible approval of Contract 140-05-001 for $25,000 with Professor Richard J. Lazarus to provide specialized legal services relating to litigation in the United States Supreme Court in which the Commission is a party. (ERPA funded) Contact: William M. Chamberlain. (10 minutes)

  8. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TECHONOLOGY. Possible approval of Contract 200-00-003, Amendment 2, for $300,000 with the California Department of Technology Services for a three-year time extension ($100,000 per year for three year total) and a name change. This contract provides support for various Energy Commission programs and communication services, including data storage on various mediums, special printing, LAN technical support and data processing for the Accounting and Personnel Offices, dedicated equipment cost and communication lines for Internet access. (ERPA funded) Contact: Dale Bosely. (10 minutes)

  9. Minutes

    Approval of the February 1, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

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

  11. 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)].

  12. Executive Director's Report

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

  13. Legislative Director's Report

  14. Public Adviser's Report

  15. 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.

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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