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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 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. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 2, a no-cost, one-year time extension to Work Authorization MR-016 under PIER Contract 500-02-004 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the High-Performance High-Tech Buildings/ Laboratories, Cleanrooms, and Datacenters project. Contact: Paul Roggensack.

    2. SOLAR ELECTRIC POWER ASSOCIATION. Possible approval of $4,995 to co sponsor the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) annual industry conference in San Jose, California, October 16-19, 2006. SEPA is a national organization that supports the solar energy industry's goal to encourage commercial use of solar electric power. The Energy Commission co-sponsored this event in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Contact: Marija Krapcevich.

    3. THE NATIONAL ACTION PLAN FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY -MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU). Possible approval of an MOU with the California Public Utility Commission, Investor Owned Utilities, various Public Owned Utilities and other California-based interested parties, pledging the State of California's active support for the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAPEE). The MOU states the benefits of energy efficiency, details the State's past and current leadership in energy efficiency program implementation, and commits the signatories to actively support the NAPEE in collaboration with other NAPEE Leadership Group Colleagues.Contact: Panama Bartholomy.

  1. HIGH DESERT POWER PROJECT, LLC (DOCKET 97-AFC-1C). Possible approval of a petition from High Desert Power Project, LLC to modify condition Soil and Water-4 which will extend, from 5 to 15 years, the period to inject 13,000 acre feet into a groundwater bank used as a backup water supply. Contact: Steve Munro. (30 minutes)

  2. HIGHGROVE POWER PLANT PROJECT (DOCKET NO. 06-AFC-2). Possible approval of the Executive Director's Data Adequacy Recommendation for the AES Highgrove Power Plant Project Application for Certification and possible committee assignment. The Highgrove Power Plant would be a 300 megawatt peaking facility located in Grand Terrace, San Bernardino County. Contact: Robert Worl. (15 minutes)

  3. CONTRA COSTA POWER PLANT UNIT 8 PROJECT (DOCKET NO. 00-AFC-1C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the Energy Commission's Decision to add Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an owner, extend the construction timeframe, and conduct four facility enhancements to the 530 megawatt project.Contact: Christopher Meyer. (15 minutes).

  4. CITY OF SANTA BARBARA. Possible approval of a $39,170 loan to the City of Santa Barbara to install a 15.3 kW photovoltaic system at Fire Station #2. This project is estimated to reduce annual energy expenditures by $3,997 and has an estimated simple payback of 9.8 years. (ECAA and/or Bond funded.) Contact: Joseph Wang. (10 minutes)

  5. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY. Possible approval of PIER work authorization MR-048 for $534,788 with the University of California-Berkeley under UC Master Research Agreement 500-02-004 with the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President, for the Life-Cycle Energy Assessment of Alternative Water Supply Systems in California project. (PIER 2005 Electric funded.) Contact: Joe O'Hagan. (10 minutes)

  6. CERTS-LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of PIER work authorization MR-049 for $1,158,430 (FY04) with the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) under the UC Master Research Agreement 500-02-004 for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Load Modeling Transmission Research project. This project will investigate the impacts of air conditioning equipment, adjustable speed drives, electronic equipment and other residential and commercial loads on voltage and dynamic stability performance of the Western grid. The goal will be to improve the dynamic load models, performance tools and data used by California Independent System Operator, California's major utilities and other members of the WECC Load Modeling Task Force. (PIER Electric funded.) Contact: Jamie Patterson and Merwin Brown (10 minutes)

  7. CERTS-LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of PIER work authorization MR-051 for $455,000 (FY04) with the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) under UC Master Research Agreement 500-02-004. The Transmission Cost Allocation Methodologies project will research and develop methods to assess strategic transmission benefits, and then use these methods in planning tools. The results will be used by utilities to justify transmission line construction and cost recovery in rate case filings with the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Independent System Operator in transmission planning activities, and the Energy Commission in transmission line siting activities. (PIER-Electric funded.) Contact: Jamie Patterson and Merwin Brown. (10 minutes)

  8. ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (EPRI). Possible approval of PIER work authorization MR-052 for $250,000 (FY04) with EPRI, under the UC Master Research Agreement Number 500-02-004. The Transmission Probabilistic Congestion Forecasting project will develop and apply a mathematical approach using probabilities to more accurately describe load and generation time dependence and forecasting uncertainties to predict transmission congestion in California. The results of this research will be used by the California Independent System Operator for transmission planning and modeling, the Energy Commission for environmental and planning functions supporting power plant and transmission siting, and in the CPUC's ratemaking functions. Contact: Jamie Patterson and Merwin Brown. (10 minutes)

  9. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-002 for $599,625 with the University of Florida to develop a model that will realistically estimate how rising sea levels due to climate change may change California shorelines. (PIER Natural Gas funded.) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)

  10. PIPELINE RESEARCH COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (PRCI). Possible approval of a $140,000 grant to the PRCI to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines and recommended practices that can be used by the natural gas pipeline industry for evaluating and siting pipelines in areas subjected to large-scale ground movements. The project will last approximately 30 months, with a total cost of $935,033. The Energy Commission's contribution of $140,000 is matched by the U. S. Department of Transportation and other natural gas industry organizations, totaling $815,033. (PIER Natural gas funded.) Contact: Mike Magaletti. (10 minutes)

  11. PACIFIC REGION COMBINED HEAT AND POWER APPLICATION CENTER NETWORK (PRAC). Possible approval for PIER to administer a $150,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program (SEP) to augment an existing grant (FED-03-015 for $299,985) for the PRAC operation. The PRAC is a collaborative effort among UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and San Diego State University that promotes information exchange, education, and technical assistance in the Pacific region (which includes California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories) for combined heat and power systems. (SEP funded.) Contact: Terry Thompson (10 minutes)

  12. ECOS CONSULTING. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-007 for $1,299,616 with Ecos Consulting to identify and prioritize potential energy efficiency improvements for consumer and office electronic equipment in California, including commercial equipment, medical equipment, secondary power supplies, televisions and desk top computers. (PIER 2005 Electric funded) Contact: Bradley Meister. (10 minutes)

  13. NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-008 for $1,315,985 with Navigant Consulting, Inc. to conduct research assessments, develop technology roadmaps and related planning activities for PIER's Energy Systems Integration Research Program. (PIER 2005 ESI and Natural Gas Program funded.) Contact: Mark Rawson. (10 minutes)

  14. INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC. Possible approval of Contract 200 06 003 for $92,000 with Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. beginning August 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007, for unarmed security guard services as required by the California Highway Patrol's Emergency Master Service Agreement. (ERPA funded.) Contact: Karen M. Van Egdon. (10 minutes)

  15. NETWORK DESIGN ASSOCIATES, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order Number 06-433.00-002 for $200,000 for specialized system analysis services, project specific technical training, and Macintosh support. (ERPA funded.) Contact: Sharon Jane Matthews (10 minutes)

  16. BUILDING STANDARDS COMPLIANCE OPTION FOR EVAPORATIVELY COOLED CONDENSING UNITS. Possible approval of a compliance option for evaporatively cooled condensing units used 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. Contact: Ram Verma. (10 minutes)

  17. Minutes
    Approval of the July 5, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

  18. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

  19. 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 Commission [Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)].

  20. Executive Director's Report

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

  21. Legislative Director's Report

  22. Public Adviser's Report

  23. Public Comment

    People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy 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.

News media inquiries should be directed to:
      Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive 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

Participating by Telephone at a Business Meeting
If you want to participate by 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 Energy 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 telephone 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. 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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