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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 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. CALIFORNIA CLIMATE ACTION REGISTRY ANNUAL CONFERENCE. Possible approval to co-sponsor the California Climate Action Registry Annual Conference, April 20-21, 2006 at Dana Point, California. The Energy Commission will provide $4,500, staff time, travel expenses and name use. (PIER funded) Contact: Pierre duVair.

      2. BUILDING MEDIA, INC. Possible approval of a no-cost, one-year time extension with Building Media, Inc (Contract 400-04-008) to March 31, 2007. This contract will produce training videos supporting the Building Standards. Contact: Elaine Hebert.

      3. HYDROLOGIC RESEARCH CENTER (HRC). Possible approval of a no-cost, six-month time extension to December 31, 2006, with HRC (Contract 500-02- 008) to allow the spring 2006 snow melt data to be incorporated into the integrated forecast and management demonstration project. Contact: Joe O'Hagan.

      4. UTILITY ENERGY FORUM. Possible approval to co-sponsor the 2006 Utility Energy Forum, May 3-5, 2006, at Tahoe City, California (Contract 500-05-031). The Energy Commission will provide $6,000 and a leadership role in the Forum including Steering Committee and discussion panels. (PIER funded.) Contact: Steve Williams.

    1. PALOMAR ENERGY PROJECT. Possible approval of a petition to transfer ownership and operational control of the 546 MW Palomar Energy Project in Escondido, California, from Palomar Energy LLC to San Diego Gas and Electric; and to change the name of the facility from Palomar Energy Project to the Palomar Energy Center. (Docket No. 01- AFC-24C) Contact: Connie Bruins. (10 minutes)

    2. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH (OPR). Possible approval of Contract 200-05-002 for $45,000 with OPR to provide writing and research services for planning and policy documents regarding California's future energy-related issues. (ERPA funded) Contact: Justin Oakley. (10 minutes)

    3. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (UCD). Possible approval of Contract 600-05-007 for $99,426 to UCD to study and evaluate the willingness of consumers to purchase more fuel efficient but more expensive light-duty vehicles. (SEP funded) Contact: Gerry Bemis. (10 minutes)

    4. CITY OF MILL VALLEY. Possible approval of the City of Mill Valley's adoption and enforcement of a local ordinance requiring single-family dwellings be more energy efficient than the 2005 Building Efficiency Standards. Contact: Rob Hudler. (10 minutes)

    5. ENERGY COMMISSION'S PARTICIPATION IN THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (CPUC) PROCUREMENT PROCEEDING. Consideration of whether and how the Energy Commission should participate in the CPUC's 2006 Long- Term Procurement Proceeding (R.06-02-013) and possible assignment of the Electricity Committee to oversee this participation. Contact: Caryn Holmes. (10 minutes)

    6. 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. 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 by March 15, 2006. 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)

    7. Minutes

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

    8. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

      A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.

    9. 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)].

    10. Executive Director's

      Closed session may be held on personnel matters.

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

    11. Legislative Director's Report

    12. Public Adviser's Report

    13. 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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