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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

October 11, 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/


  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. ARROWHEAD GLOBAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE SYMPOSIUM. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship of $2,000, staff time, and use of the Energy Commission's name for the Annual Arrowhead Symposium on Global Energy and Climate Change: Transportation - Land Use - Environment Connection, on October 22 - 24, 2006, in Lake Arrowhead, California. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Susan Brown.

    2. ENERGYPRO 4.3. Possible approval of EnergyPro 4.3, a compliance modeling software, for the building energy efficiency standards. This version of EnergyPro allows users to model evaporatively cooled condensing equipment and distributed energy storage systems for low-rise residential buildings. Evaporatively cooled condensing equipment was approved as a compliance option by the Energy Commission at its July 19, 2006, business meeting. The Distributed Energy Storage System compliance option was approved at the April 16, 2006, business meeting. If approved, the effective date for use of EnergyPro 4.3 will be October 1, 2006. Contact: Rob Hudler.

    3. MICROPAS 7.3. Possible approval of MicroPas 7.3, a compliance modeling software, for the building energy efficiency standards. This version of MicroPas allows users to model evaporatively cooled condensing units. This type of equipment was approved as a compliance option at the Energy Commission's July 19, 2006 business meeting. If approved, the effective date for using MicroPas 7.3 will be October 1, 2006. Contact: Rob Hudler.

    1. COLLABORATIVE FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS. Possible approval of co-sponsorship of a web-based training series for the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, using the Energy Commission's WebEX service and the Energy Commission logo. Other sponsors include Pacific Gas and Electric and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Contact: Claudia Orlando (10 minutes).

    2. NILAND GAS TURBINE PLANT. Docket 06-SPPE-01. Possible approval of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, Final Initial Study, Proposed Negative Declaration, and any Committee-sponsored Errata on the Niland Gas Turbine Plant, Application for a Small Power Plant Exemption. Contact: Garret Shean. (15 minutes)

    3. BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT TRANSMISSION LINE MODIFICATION. Docket 99 AFC-08. Possible approval of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Petition to Modify the Commission Decision on the Blythe Energy Power Plant Project for the Transmission Line Modification. Contact: Jack Caswell. (15 minutes)

    4. LOS ESTEROS CRITICAL ENERGY FACILITY PHASE 2. Docket 03-AFC-2. Possible adoption of the Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision for the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility Phase 2. Contact: Gary Fay. (30 minutes)

    5. RECONCILIATION OF RETAILER CLAIMS, 2005 REPORT. Possible approval of the SB 1305 (Public Utilities Code Section 398.5[e]) report, Reconciliation of Retailer Claims, 2005, requiring the Energy Commission to annually prepare and submit a report to the California Public Utilities Commission about retail power source claims made to consumers. This report also includes an appendix that lists California's retail electricity providers and their level of participation in the SB 1305 Power Source Disclosure Program. Contact: Jason Orta. (15 minutes)

    6. LOS ALTOS HILLS LOCAL ORDINANCE. Possible approval of the City of Los Altos Hills' adoption and enforcement of a local ordinance for low-rise residential buildings that requires energy efficiency standards more stringent than the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The anticipated effective date by the City is October 1, 2006. Contact: Rob Hudler. (10 minutes)

    7. AMENDMENTS TO THE APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS. Docket 06 AAER-1. Possible adoption of the Amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations published as Express Terms of Proposed Regulations (15-Day Language) on September 26, 2006. These amendments would delay the effective date of the standards for digital television adapters by one year, from January 1, 2007, to January 1, 2008. Contact: Jim Holland. (15 minutes)


      1. Possible approval of an amendment to Work Authorization MR-026 under UC Master Research Agreement Number 500 02 004 with the University of California at Riverside, to add $1,200,000 and extend the term to March 30, 2011. (2005-06 PIER Electricity funding). Contact: Marla Mueller (10 minutes)

      2. Possible approval of using research funds allocated in Work Authorization MR-026, not to exceed $500,000, to conduct research on realistic application and air quality implications of distributed generation and combined heat and power in California. Contact: Marla Mueller (10 minutes)

    1. NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-020 with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for $35,000 to co-sponsor the 19th NREL Growth Industry Forum on October 24-26, 2006. (2005 PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Rajesh Kapoor. (10 minutes.)

    2. AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT ECONOMY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-021 with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy for $25,000 to co-sponsor the Emerging Technologies Summit 2006 to be held October 26-27, 2006. (2005 PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Rajesh Kapoor. (10 minutes)

    3. Minutes

    4. a. Approval of the September 14, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

      b. Approval of the September 27, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

    5. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

    6. 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)].

    7. Executive Director's Report

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

    8. Legislative Director's Report

    9. >Public Adviser's Report

    10. 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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