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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2006

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 moved and discussed later in the meeting).

      1. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of an amendment to Work Authorization MR-014, with Pennsylvania State University under Energy Commission/UC Research Agreement 500-02-004, for a no-cost, time-only extension of two years to December 31, 2007. The research will evaluate the effectiveness of specific coatings on heat exchanger surfaces to reduce fouling of food processing. Contact: Rajesh Kapoor.

      2. SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT (SMUD). Possible approval of an amendment to Contract 500-00-034 with SMUD for a no-cost, two-year time extension to March 2008. The goals of this contract are to reduce cost of PV installations and develop performance-based incentives, perform biomass combustion technology assessment, promote landfill gas use for greater power production, and support development of next generation of wind turbine technologies. Contact: Prab Sethi. (10 minutes)

    1. PALOMAR ENERGY CENTER. Possible approval of a petition to correct noise level limits specified in the existing Condition of Certification Noise-6. An error in the calculation used by staff during the licensing process must be corrected to accurately reflect background and permitted noise levels. (Docket N. 01-AFC-24C). Contact: Connie Bruins. (10 minutes)

    2. WALNUT ENERGY CENTER. Possible consideration and approval of a petition to correct transcription errors in the Certification of Condition Air Quality-71. The emission day rates for SOx and PM10 were unintentionally reversed in the original condition of certification. (Docket No. 02-AFC-4C) Contact: Lance Shaw. (10 minutes)

    3. COUNTY OF ALAMEDA. Possible approval of a $3,000,000 loan to the County of Alameda to install an 850 kW solar photovoltaic power system and energy efficiency measures at the new Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. This facility is designed to exceed the 2001 building energy efficiency standards by 36 percent. The project is estimated to save the County approximately $351,100 annually with a simple payback of 8.5 years. (ECAA and/or Bond Funded). Contact: Adel Suleiman. (10 minutes)

    4. PUBLIC INTEREST ENERGY RESEARCH (PIER) PROGRAM 2007-2011 ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS RESEARCH INVESTMENT PLANS. Possible approval of both the 2007-2011 Electricity and Natural Gas Research Investment Plans. By March 15, 2006, the Electricity Investment Plan, which provides long-term electricity research priorities for the PIER program, must be submitted to the appropriate Legislative policy and fiscal committees. The Natural Gas Research Plan is not part of the legislative requirement but is included because of the synergies with electricity planning. Contact: Martha Krebs (20 minutes)

    5. ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP. Possible approval of Contract 700-05-002 with Aspen Environmental Group for $18,636,000 providing engineering and environmental technical assistance in power plant licensing. Contractor will help staff evaluate power plants proposals and provide technical support in electricity, transmission system engineering, natural gas, siting trends and policy planning. (ERPA funded) Contact: Chris Tooker. (30 minutes)

    6. APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS. Report of the Efficiency Committee's plans to continue to a later business meeting the adoption of the proposed amendments to the appliance regulations for lighting equipment. This item is informational only. No action will be taken by the Commission at this meeting. (Docket No. 05-AAER-2) Contact: Gary Flamm. (10 minutes)

    7. CALIFORNIA BUILDING PERFORMANCE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION (CBPCA). Possible approval of CBPCA as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider for training, certification and oversight of HERS raters who perform field verification services. Approval of this item also constitutes the Commission's agreement for CBPCA to use the Home Enalasys computerized Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning performance analysis system as the Third Party Quality Control Program for data collection, checking and contractor feedback. Contact: Bruce Maeda. (10 minutes)

    8. ENERGYPRO 4.1. Possible approval to decertify the software program ENERGYPRO version 4.0 and replace with ENERGYPRO version 4.1 to use for complying with the 2005 Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Rob Hudler. (10 minutes)

    9. POTRERO UNIT 7 PROJECT. Possible consideration and approval of the Committee Order denying request for continued suspension and Order terminating the Potrero Unit 7 Project. (Docket No. 00-AFC-04) Contact: Stan Valkosky. (30 minutes)

    10. NET METERING RESOLUTION. Possible approval of the Renewables Committee's resolution encouraging Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to draft and support legislation to raise the net metering cap for customers in the PG&E service territory. Contact: Gabriel Herrera. (10 minutes)

    11. Minutes

      Approval of the February 15, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

    12. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion
      A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee 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 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 and provide the item number.

    Please note that while the Commission affords members of the public the opportunity to 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 before the scheduled business meeting.

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