California Energy Commission
Wednesday May 24, 2006
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
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THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- 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).
- NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-037 for $20,000 to co-sponsor the Leading Edge Student Design Competition. This competition provides a training vehicle for architectural students to receive hands-on experience in energy-efficient building practices and renewable energy technologies in architectural design. (PIER – Electric funded) Contact: Norm Bourassa.
- E SOURCE COMPANIES. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-038 for $16,200 to E Source for a one-year Core Membership that allows all Commission staff access to E Source information services. These include technical newsletters, technical support, and literature search services on demand, as well as invitations to annual conferences and forums. (PIER – Electric funded) Contact: Norm Bourassa
- LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of a $5,000 co-sponsorship and use of the Energy Commission’s name for the Demand Response National Town Meeting and Symposium (under the existing Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) Contract 500-03-026). The two-day town meeting and symposium features panel discussions on demand response issues. It is intended to provide an opportunity to promote DRRC and to foster connections with potential stakeholders in demand response research in California and the nation. (PIER –DRRC funded) Contact: Mark Rawson.
- REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS. Possible approval of an amendment to Work Authorization MR-017 “California Wind Energy Collaborative” under Contract 500-02-004 for a no-cost time extension of nine months from June 30, 2006, to March 31, 2007. Contact: Mike Kane.
- CAMBRIAN ENERGY WOODVILLE, LLC. Possible approval of an amendment to Funding Award Agreement REN-98-033 under the New Renewable Resources Account, changing awardee’s name from MM Woodville Energy, LLC to Cambrian Energy Woodville, LLC. Effective date of the name change is retroactive to May 2005. Contact: Tony Goncalves.
- TIAX, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 600-02-003, Amendment 2, for a no-cost time extension of one year to October 31, 2007, to continue to provide technical support for transportation technology programs, including new work required by AB 1007. Contact: Sherry Stoner.
- WESTERN GOVERNORS’ ASSOCIATION. Proposed no-cost amendment to contract RMB 150-05-004 with the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) to: change the second quarterly payment from $63,250 to $42,250; and authorize the Energy Commission’s Executive Director to execute similar modifications to the Agreement. The difference of $21,000 will create a Travel Account to reimburse California agencies directly for travel to WGA meetings during FY 2006. Contact: Barbara Byron.
- LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY AND UC SANTA CRUZ. Possible approval of a $930,000 PIER Work Authorization under the Master Agreement 500-02-004 for a study to improve the performance of existing California regional climate precipitation models. This study will compare these models’ simulations with actual measurements taken by multiple weather and hydrological stations. (PIER – Electric funded) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)
- LANDFILLS +, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-05-039 to Landfills +, Inc. for $399,929 to develop and validate a new method to estimate methane emissions from landfills for the greenhouse gas inventory. The Integrated Waste Management Board is a key partner in this project. (PIER – Natural Gas funded) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)
- PIPELINE RESEARCH COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (PRCI). Possible approval of a grant to the PRCI for $140,000 to develop comprehensive industry guidelines and recommended practices to evaluate and site pipelines in areas subjected to large-scale ground movements. The U.S. Department of Transportation and other entities will provide a total of $815,033 in matching funds. (PIER–Natural Gas) Contact: Mike Magaletti. (10 minutes)
- ZETETIC ASSOCIATES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-05-009 for $49,965 for assistance to design survey questions for vehicle fleet owners (e.g. refuse haulers, taxicab companies) about their willingness to use different types of alternative-fueled vehicles. Survey will be conducted using an on-line service, and results will be analyzed and used for the AB 1007 report. (ERPA funded) Contact: Jason Sterling. (10 minutes)
- NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY. Possible approval of PIER Contract 500-05-042 for $250,211 to develop materials to educate air conditioning technicians on the best methods of evaluating, diagnosing and correcting faults in air conditioning equipment for residential and small commercial buildings. (PIER-Buildings funded) Contact: Chris Scruton. (10 minutes)/LI>
- DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of PIER Contract 500-05-016 for $200,000 with the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to analyze the 2002 Commercial End Use Survey (CEUS) data originally collected by the Energy Commission. The collection of the CEUS data was managed by the Energy Commission to meet some of the requirements of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20, 1340 et seq. (PIER-Buildings funded) Contact: Martha Brook. (10 minutes)
- APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS AMENDMENTS. Possible adoption of the proposed amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Docket No 06-AAER-1) published as Express Terms of Proposed Regulations (15-Day Language) – April 24, 2006. These amendments are for external power supplies. Contact: Jim Holland. (30 minutes)
- ORDER INSTITUTING INFORMATIONAL PROCEEDING (06-OII-01). Possible adoption of Order Instituting Informational Proceeding as proposed by the Energy Commission’s Renewables Committee to develop Statewide Avian/Wind Monitoring Protocols and Mitigation Guidelines. The Energy Commission, working with Department of Fish and Game, various interested stakeholders, and the public, will design statewide voluntary avian/wind monitoring guidelines for local wind development permitting authorities. These guidelines will help reduce the impacts of wind energy development on birds and bats. Contact: Kerry Willis (10 minutes)
- SAN FRANCISCO ELECTRIC RELIABILITY PROJECT. Commission review of the appeal of Committee's Ruling re: Californians for Renewable Energy (CARE) Motion for Extension of Time and Change of Schedule in the San Francisco Electric Reliability proceeding (Docket no. 04-AFC-1). Contact Gary Fay or Stanley Valkosky. (15 minutes)
- AVENAL ENERGY PROJECT. Commission consideration of Committee Order denying Applicant’s request for continued extension of Avenal Energy Project proceeding (Docket 01-AFC-20) and consideration of staff’s motion to terminate. Contact: Gary Fay or Stanley Valkosky. (15 minutes)
- ENTERPRISE NETWORKING SOLUTIONS, INC. Possible approval of an agreement for $193,200 to hire a senior project manager to provide technical expertise and oversight for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) system development. The senior project manager will help ensure that project objectives are realized and coordinate efforts between the system development contractor and other project development consultants. (RRTF funding.) Contact: Mark Hutchison. (10 minutes)
Approval of the April 26, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes..
- Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion
A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
- Chief Counsel's Report
The 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 Commission [Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)].
- Executive Director's
Closed session may be held on personnel matters.
[Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
- Legislative Director's Report
- Public Adviser's Report
- 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 before the meeting.
IN ADDITION TO THE AGENDA THAT WAS DISTRIBUTED ON MAY 12, 2006, THE COMMISSION WILL TAKE A VOTE TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS. ONCE THE VOTE IS TAKEN THE COMMISSION WILL POSSIBLY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING. Possible approval of a Memorandum of Understanding pledging the support of the State of California for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. The Action Plan was developed by a Leadership Group for EPA and DOE, and describes key barriers that limit greater U.S. investment in energy efficiency, as well as policies for removing these barriers. Upon completion of the Action Plan, leaders will pursue these policies through their business channels, as appropriate, and will assist in the dissemination of these policies and business practices to key audiences. Contact: John Wilson (10 minutes).
CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDER PROGRAM RESOLUTION. Possible approval of a resolution recognizing the California Building Industry Association and the Building Industry Institute for developing and implementing the California Green Builder Program. Contact: Tim Tutt (10 minutes).
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
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