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California Energy Commission
Special Business Meeting

THURSDAY, June 29, 2006

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Sacramento, California
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. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $2,000 for COMET 2006, a high school science mentoring program at the University of Southern California. (ERPA funded) Contact: Claudia Chandler.

    2. CLEANSTART. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $4,500 for PowerUp!, a business plan competition sponsored by CleanStart to encourage and support innovations in clean and renewable energy.(ERPA funded) Contact: Claudia Chandler.

    3. CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INTERAGENCY NETWORK. Possible approval of a purchase order for $3,000 to the California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN), a consortium of environmental educators representing California state departments, boards, and commissions. (ERPA funded) Contact: Susanne Garfield.

    4. CALIFORNIA STATE SCIENCE FAIR. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $2,000 for the California State Science Fair for Special Awards that will be given to students whose science projects reflect innovative environmental/energy merit. (ERPA funded) Contact: Susanne Garfield.

    5. MICROPAS 7.2. Possible approval of MICROPAS version 7.2 , in place of MICROPAS 7.1, for use in demonstrating compliance with the 2005 Residential Building Efficiency Standards. Contact: Robert Hudler.

    6. ENERGYPRO VERSION 4.2. Possible approval of ENERGYPRO version 4.2, in place of ENERGYPRO version 4.1, for use in demonstrating compliance with the 2005 Residential and Nonresidential Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Robert Hudler.

  2. CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. Possible approval of contract 150-05-007 for $100,000 with the California Environmental Protection Agency to provide funds to implement the Education and the Environment Initiative (AB 1548, Pavley, Chapter 665, Statutes of 2003) by developing and implementing an environmental curriculum with an energy focus. (ERPA funded) Contact: Susanne Garfield. (10 minutes)

  3. CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CORPS. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-001 for $71,102 with the California Conservation Corps for a project liaison in support of the Energy Commission’s activities under the Governor’s Green Building Initiative. (ERPA funded) Contact: Daryl Mills.(10 minutes)

  4. INTERNATIONAL ENERGY FUND. Possible approval of three awards of $25,000 each, for a total of $75,000, to complete project pre-construction studies in Baja California Norte, Mexico. Awards will be given to Princeton Development Corporation (wind technology), Energy Systems International (photovoltaic), and the San Diego Regional Energy Office (energy efficiency). (ERPA funded) Contact: Brenda Sturdivant. (10 minutes)

  5. KEMA. Possible approval of contract 600-05-011 for $461,253 with KEMA to facilitate meetings with Mexican government agencies and complete analysis of energy infrastructure issues in the California–Baja California Norte, Mexico border region. (ERPA funded) Contact: Jennifer Williams. (10 minutes)

  6. NEXANT, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-05-014 for $278,492 with Nexant, Inc. to develop an Energy Project Financing Network that stimulates export opportunities for California-based energy technologies and services to international markets and enhance project financing for California-based energy companies. (U. S. Department of Commerce and ERPA funded) Contact: Tambu Kisoki. (10 minutes)

  7. BCS, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-05-015 for $27,800 with BCS, Inc. to assist the Energy Commission in conducting project financing conferences and international trade missions. (U. S. Department of Commerce and ERPA funded) Contact Tambu Kisoki. (10 minutes)

  8. SETKA, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 05-433.00-520 to Setka, Inc. to assist the Energy Commission in continuing to collect and publish appliance efficiency data. (SEP funded) Contact: Betty Chrisman. (10 minutes)

  9. HESCHONG MAHONE GROUP, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-05-021 for $150,000 with Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. to assist the Energy Commission in enforcing the Appliance Efficiency Regulations through appliance testing, conducting surveys of appliances sold on-line and in wholesale and retail outlets, conducting a survey of other non-California appliance standard enforcement activities, and providing analysis of the intervention strategies best suited for the California Appliance Program. (SEP funded) Contact: Betty Chrisman. (10 minutes)

  10. ROBERT CENZER CONSULTING. Possible approval of Purchase Order 05-433.00-517 for $190,000 to analyze the October 2005 and April 2006 vehicle registration data bases from the Department of Motor Vehicles to inventory California’s vehicle population. Funding includes $40,000 from ERPA, $70,000 from Reimbursement Interagency Agreements, and an $80,000 Spending Authority for cost reimbursement from DMV-referred requests. Contact: Gene Strecker and Gary Occhiuzzo. (10 minutes)

  11. ENERGY AND CONSUMPTION LOAD DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SERVICES. Possible approval of Purchase Order 05-433.00-522 for $92,940 for services to enhance the Energy and Consumption Load Data Management System (ECLDMS) and provide support for the system, including on-going maintenance for the ECLDMS database and associated applications. (ERPA funded) Contact: Andrea Gough. (10 minutes)

  12. CREATUS, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 05-433-.00-519 to Creatus, Inc. for $100,000 to convert and enhance the Oracle Grants and Loans database system to a reliable automated system utilizing the Energy Commission’s database platform standards, and to provide system support. (ERPA funded) Contact: George Gaborek. (10 minutes)

  13. WEBEX CORPORATION, INC. Possible approval of a purchase order to Webex Corporation for $90,000 for Web conferencing services used by Energy Commission staff. This service is for July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, and consists of 100 hosted meetings annually and 10,000 telephone minutes per month. (ERPA funded) Contact: Steve Bonta. (10 minutes)

  14. ACCESS SYSTEM, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 05-433.00-518 to Access System, Inc. for $81,030 to upgrade the Energy Commission’s Building Security System to a more stable and reliable system. (ERPA funded) Contact: Dale Chisum. (10 minutes)

  15. CMC-ENGINEERING. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500-03-037 with CMC-Engineering, replacing the remaining Sempra Utilities’ match funding of $168,718 with PIER Natural Gas funding, and extending the term of the contract by one year to December 31, 2008. (PIER-Natural Gas funded). Contact: Avtar Bining. (10 minutes)

  16. TSS CONSULTANTS. Possible approval of Contract 600-05-012R for $100,000 with TSS Consultants, to evaluate technology options that can convert biomass resources to biofuels for transportation use in California and the western United States. (Western Governor’s Association funding.) Contact: Tom MacDonald. (10 minutes)

  17. U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of PIER Work Authorization UC MR-047 for $303,000 under UC Master Research Agreement Number 500-02-004 with the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President. This work will identify, analyze and develop options to address potential barriers to achievement of statewide renewables development goals. (PIER-Electric funded) Contact: Clare Laufenberg. (10 minutes)

  18. GLADSTEIN, NEANDROSS AND ASSOCIATES. Possible approval of Contract 600 05-013 for $35,984 with Gladstein, Neandross and Associates to create a handbook for developers/operators of alternative transportation fuel infrastructure projects. This publication will highlight elements for successful projects, such as financing, permitting, profitability, and incentives. (ERPA funded) Contact: Jason Sterling. (10 minutes)

  19. VISIONARY INTEGRATION PROFESSIONALS, LLC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 05-433.00-521 to Visionary Integration Professionals, LLC for $198,000 to fund a Program Development Project Manager for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS). This individual will manage the development and implementation of the WREGIS program and administrative operations. (RRTF funded) Contact: Kate Zocchetti. (10 minutes)

  20. EXISTING RENEWABLE FACILITIES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK (3rd EDITION). Possible approval of recommended changes to the Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook (3rd Edition) to maintain the current Target Price and Cap for Tier 1 biomass facilities only, from July 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006. The Target Price and Cap are currently scheduled to drop on July 1, 2006 Contact: Tony Goncalves. (10 minutes)

  21. EMERGING RENEWABLES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK (7TH EDITION). Possible adoption of revisions to the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook (7th Edition), that provides program eligibility requirements and funding processes under the Renewable Resource Trust Fund. These proposed revisions include maintaining the current declining rebate schedule for photovoltaics, solar thermal and fuel cells (20 cents less per watt by July 2006) but keeping the rebate level for wind technologies unchanged at $2.50 per watt (up to 7.5 kW) and $1.50 for any increments over 7.5 kW and under 30 kW. Contact: Payam Narvand. (10 minutes).

  22. 2007 LOAD FORECASTS. Possible adoption of Energy Commission staff's updated forecast of 2007 peak demand for PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E. Staff will use the adopted forecasts to evaluate and adjust the 2007 forecasts of load-serving entities participating in the CPUC resource adequacy process. Contact: Lynn Marshall. (15 minutes)

  23. ADMINISTRATIVE SUBPOENA. Possible approval of an administrative subpoena to the California Independent System Operator (CA ISO) for hourly operating data for participating power plants and transmission paths and for access to the CA ISO’s scheduling log data, known as SLIC. This data will be used to evaluate generation and transmission outages, congestion, must-offer waivers, and load, to aid in assessing resource adequacy for summer 2007 and beyond. Contact: Denny Brown. (10 minutes)

  24. COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS. Discussion and possible approval of revised Committee assignments. Contact: Kevin Kennedy. (10 minutes)

  25. EL CENTRO UNIT 3 REPOWER – SMALL POWER PLANT EXEMPTION (06 SPPE 2). Possible Committee assignment for the proposed El Centro Unit 3 Repower Project to replace an existing steam-generating unit within the site of the existing El Centro Generating Station. The project would increase the existing generating capacity by 84 megawatts, from 44 MW to 128 MW. Contact: Mary Dyas. (10 minutes)

  26. MOUNTAINVIEW POWER PROJECT. Possible approval of a petition to increase Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions limits and change the equipment description for the emergency diesel generator. The project owner will provide additional emission reduction credits to fully offset the proposed VOC emissions increase. (Docket No. 00-AFC-2C) Contact: Donna Stone (10 minutes)

  27. Minutes

    Approval of the June 7, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

  28. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

  29. 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)].

  30. Executive Director's

    Closed session may be held on personnel matters.

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

  31. Legislative Director's Report

  32. Public Adviser's Report

  33. 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.

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