California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, August 2, 2006
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
Please see information at: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/
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.)
- AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT ECONOMY. Possible approval of $20,000 to co sponsor the bi-annual conference of the American Council For An Energy Efficient Economy in Pacific Grove, California, on August 13-18, 2006. This conference brings together building science researchers and architects, residential and commercial builders, and representatives from utilities and local, state and federal agencies involved in energy issues. (PIER funded). Contact: Steve Williams.
- PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of a no-cost, four-month time extension under Amendment 1 to Contract 400-04-009 with Portland State University for completion of additional analysis on household energy consumption use patterns, conservation efforts and efficiency investments. Contact: Sylvia Bender
- CLEAN ENERGY STATES ALLIANCE. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-002 for $240,000 for a three-year renewal of the Energy Commission’s membership in the Clean Energy States Alliance. The Alliance is a multi-state collaboration of public clean energy funds and state agencies working to develop, promote and expand the market for clean energy technologies. (RRTF funded) Contact: Madeleine Meade. (10 minutes)
- WESTERN ENERGY COORDINATING COUNCIL (WECC). Possible approval of Contract 400-06-003 for $2,202,750 to WECC to establish and fund administration operations of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System from July 2006 through March 2011. (RRTA funded.) Contact: Rasa Keanini. (10 minutes)
- EDTEK, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-003 for $500,000 to EDTEK, Inc., to develop and demonstrate the long-term feasibility of operating a solar combined heat and power system that will reduce reliance on natural gas for water heating in industrial and commercial processes. Field tests will be conducted at California State University, San Diego. (PIER-Natural Gas funded) Contact: Prab Sethi. (10 minutes)
- U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-005 for $550,000 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to estimate the potential energy savings in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors in California under different socio-economic scenarios. The results of the study will be used to estimate the potential contribution of energy efficiency measures to the long-term greenhouse gas emission targets adopted by the Governor on June 1, 2005. The soon to be released California Energy Efficiency Potential Study prepared by Itron Inc for Pacific Gas and Electric will serve as the starting point for this study. (PIER – Natural Gas funded) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes).
- U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-006 for $660,000 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to study the feasibility of using measurements of ambient concentrations of methane, nitrous oxide, and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases (GHG) in California to estimate the accuracy of existing GHG inventories and track emission trends in the future. This research project includes the monitoring of ambient concentrations for about one year. (PIER Natural Gas funded) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)
- REALLOCATION OF SB90 PROGRAM FUNDS. Possible approval of reallocation of $45,058,246 to the Emerging Renewables Program from various Renewable Energy Program funding sources including unused SB90 funds, Tier 2 Existing Renewable Facilities Program funds, Customer Credit Account funds, interest earnings on the Renewable Resources Trust Fund, and voluntary contributions. These funds will be used to pay rebates for the installation of renewable energy systems. Contact: Tony Goncalves.(10 minutes)
- CITY OF WEST COVINA. Possible approval of a loan of $1,278,000 to the City of West Covina to upgrade the central heating plant that serves the city hall, police department and communications center and to retrofit traffic lights with light emitting diodes. This project is estimated to reduce annual energy expenditures by $130,500. The project has an estimated simple payback of 9.8 years. (ECAA and/or Bond funded.) Contact: David Rubens (10 minutes)
- CalCERTS. Possible approval to recertify CalCERTS as a Home Energy Rating System provider for the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The CalCERTS Home Energy Rating System now includes the Carrier-Aeroseal and CheckMe! Third Party Quality Control Programs. Contact: Bruce Maeda (10 minutes)
- SAN FRANCISCO ELECTRIC RELIABILITY PROJECT (DOCKET 04-AFC-01). Commission review of Intervenors’ appeals and Committee rulings in the proceeding:
- July 10, 2006, appeal of Committee ruling denying Intervenor Californians for Renewable Energy, Inc. (CARE) its "Request for Reconsideration" seeking the admission into evidence of a January 12, 2004, transcript from a California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) hearing on the Jefferson-Martin 230 kV transmission line.
- July 10, 2006 appeal of Committee ruling denying the Joint Motion of Intervenors CARE and Sarvey to exclude Applicant’s Opening Brief.
- Committee referral to full Commission of Ruling denying CARE’s Motion to Strike Staff’s Reply Brief.
- Committee referral to full Commission of Ruling denying CARE’s Motion to Strike Applicant’s Reply Brief.
- Committee referral to full Commission of Ruling denying Sarvey’s Request for Committee Conference.
Approval of the July 19, 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 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)].
- Executive Director's Report
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 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
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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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