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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, September 27, 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/


THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  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 ENTERPRISES, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 7 to Contract 200-96-010 to change the name of the California State University, Sacramento Foundation to University Enterprises, Inc. Contact: Kyle Emigh.


    2. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-03-017 with the Department of Fish and Game for a no-cost time extension of one year and reallocation of money and responsibilities within one task from the prime to the subcontractor. This contract is to develop biological indices to assess the effects of hydropower operation on freshwater ecosystems. Contact: Joe O'Hagan.


    3. WESTERN UNITED RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 400-01-001 with Western United Resource Development for a no-cost time extension to December 31, 2008. Contact: Zhiqin Zhang.


    4. CENTER FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES. Possible approval of a no-cost amendment to Contract 500 05-005 with Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies to update the Scope of Work to reflect recent agreements between San Diego Gas & Electric and the Imperial Valley Irrigation District regarding the Sunrise Power Link, as well as unanticipated California Public Utilities Commission proceedings and activity at the California Independent System Operator relevant to the scope of this contract. Contact: Clare Laufenberg.


    5. SAN DIEGO SMART GRID SUMMIT. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $4,950 for the San Diego Smart Grid Summit, October 25-26, 2006. The Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the University of San Diego (USD) Law School, in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Energy, are hosting this event on the San Diego campus. Experts from around the country will come to San Diego to share their knowledge of smart grid technologies and challenges and provide ideas on how California can implement some of these new technologies. (2005 PIER electricity and 2004 TRP funding) Contact: Rachel MacDonald


    6. NATURAL GAS VEHICLE CONFERENCE. Possible approval of a cosponsorship of $4,950, staff time, travel expenses, and use of the Energy Commission's name for the 24th Annual Natural Gas Vehicle Conference in Ontario, October 8-9, 2006. (ERPA funding) Contact: Jerry Wiens.


    7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CLEAN VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY EXPO. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $4,950 and use of the Energy Commission's name for the Southern California Clean Vehicle Technology Expo, October 10-11, 2006, in Ontario, California. (ERPA funding) Contact: Jim Folkman.


    8. BORDER ENERGY FORUM XIII. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $3,000, staff time, travel expenses and use of the Energy Commission's name for the Border Energy Forum XIII annual conference October 19-20, 2006 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Tim Olson.


    9. AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (ASME). Possible approval of a co-sponsorship in the amount of up to $4,999 for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Internal Combustion Engine Division (ICED) 2006 Fall Technical Conference to be held during November 6 -8, 2006, in Sacramento. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining.


    10. GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY LAW AND POLICY SYMPOSIUM. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship to use the Energy Commission's name to support a law and policy symposium being hosted by Golden Gate University School of Law on November 17, 2006. The symposium is entitled "Renewed Interest: The Renewable Energy Sector," and event targets utilities, regulators, members of industry, and renewable energy advocates and policymakers. The co-sponsorship will lend the Energy Commission's name in support of the event, but will provide no financial support. Contact: Gabe Herrera


    11. CALIFORNIA ELECTRICITY AND AIR QUALITY CONFERENCE. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship and use of the Energy Commission's name for the California Electricity and Air Quality Conference, October 3-4, 2006, in Sacramento. Other sponsors of this event are the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. (PIER Electricity funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller.

    1. PERSONAL ENTERPRISES, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 03-05-70-1605b for $115,200 with Personal Enterprise, Inc. for a Quality Assurance/Configuration Management Consultant to provide services for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) project. The Quality Assurance/ Configuration Management Consultant will ensure that the project products and processes conform to their specified requirements and adhere to their established plans. The Quality Assurance/Configuration Management Consultant will also ensure that all work products received or generated by the project are adequately documented, stored, and managed. (RRTF Funded.) Contact: Angela Gould (10 minutes)


    2. PROPROSE. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-006 with ProProse for $110,000 to assist with the initial stages of developing an effective New Solar Homes Partnership Public Awareness Campaign that will meet the campaign goals. (RRTF/CE funding) Contact: Rachel Salazar/Claudia Chandler. (10 minutes).


    3. CITY OF SAN DIEGO. Possible approval of a $2,226,689 loan to the City of San Diego to upgrade the lighting and mechanical systems at multiple city owned facilities to more energy efficient systems. The city will also install a total of 150 kW photovoltaic systems at five separate buildings. This project is estimated to save the city approximately 1,829,885 kWh, 329 kW, 1045 therms, or a total of $262,201 annually in reduced energy costs. This project has a simple payback of 8.5 years. (ECAA and/or Bond Funded). Contact: Adel Suleiman (10 minutes)


    4. REFLECTIVE ENERGIES. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-03-012 with Reflective Energies to add $225,000 and extend the term of the contract two years to resolve Rule 21 distributed generation interconnections technical issues, continue certifications of distributed generation equipment interconnection, and manage the meetings of the Rule 21 Working Group. (2005/06 PIER electricity funding) Contact: Jose Palomo. (10 minutes)


    5. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of 10 grant applications, totaling $949,217, in response to the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program Solicitation Cycle 05-03. (PIER funded) Contact Dave Michel.


      1. 05-03-02: APPA Renewable Energy Systems, Inc., Passively Pitchable Smart Blades for Improving Efficiency of Small Wind Turbines, $95,000.


      2. 05-03-55: Clarkson University, Use of Plasma Actuators to Increase Wind Energy Extraction, $95,000.


      3. 05-03-39: University of California, Davis, Nanoparticle-Based Catalysts for Solar Hydrogen Generation, $95,000.


      4. 05-03-23: Purdue University, Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Vapor Compression System by Using "Smart"and Cost-Effective Compressors, $95,000.


      5. 05-03-08: Greenvolts, Inc., Economical Two-Axis Carousel Tracker for Concentrated PV Power Plants, $94,958.


      6. 05-03-58: Primus Power, Prototype Energy Cell, $95,000.


      7. 05-03-25: Nanotron, Low-Cost Laser Process for Facilitating Multi-Junction Solar Cells, $95,000.


      8. 5-03-63: Steven Winters Associates, A Building Integrated Damper to Improve Comfort with Evaporative Cooling, $94,896.


      9. 05-03-17: University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies, Hydrogen Enrichment of Landfill Gas for Enhanced Combustion, $95,000.


      10. 05-03-22: Santa Clara University, Phase Change Material (PCM) Solar Thermal Storage System, $94,363.


    1. HUNTINGTON BEACH GENERATING STATION RETOOL PROJECT (DOCKET NO. 00-AFC-13C).


    1. Possible decision on the amount and final application of compensation funds to mitigate for impingement and entrainment losses resulting from the operation of the cooling water system for Units 3 and 4. Commission staff recommends the restoration and maintenance of 104 acres of the Huntington Beach Wetlands for approximately $7.9 million. (Condition of Certification BIO-5.) Contact: Donna Stone. (1 hour)


    2. Possible approval of a request by AES for the Energy Commission to find the Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project (450 MW) in substantial compliance with the Commission's conditions of certification and required permits. Approval of the request will allow the project to continue operation through September 30, 2011. (Condition of Certification Emergency 2.) Contact: Donna Stone. (15 minutes)


    1. Minutes


    2. Approval of the September 14, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

    3. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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


    4. 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)].


    5. Executive Director's Report

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


    6. Legislative Director's Report


    7. Public Adviser's Report


    8. 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.



    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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    www.energy.ca.gov/webcast


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