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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

December 13, 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. ENERGY COMMISSION 2007 BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULE. Possible approval of the 2007 Energy Commission Business Meeting Schedule. Contact: Harriet Kallemeyn.

    2. SOLAR TURBINES, INCORPORATED. Possible approval Amendment 3 to Contract 500-01-045 with Solar Turbines, Incorporated, for a one year time extension and a budget revision to modify billing rates. The extension will allow the contractor to determine which ultra-low NOx combustion technology they will use for their Taurus 70 and other gas turbines. There is no change in the total cost of the contract. Contact: John Henry Beyer.

    3. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 500-02-005 with Gas Technology Institute for a one-year time extension and a budget revision to modify billing rates, clarify the Scope of Work, and update key subcontractors. There is no change in the total cost of the contract. Contact: John Henry Beyer.

    4. NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-011 for $15,000 to renew the Energy Commission's membership with the New Buildings Institute, Inc. The membership provides staff access to NBI's nationwide data and research results, which relate the development and implementation of California's building standards. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Suzie Chan.

  2. NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP (NSHP) GUIDEBOOK. Possible adoption of the Renewables Committee's proposed New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook. The Guidebook is the Energy Commission's part of the California Solar Initiative. It describes the criteria of the NSHP and provides information and instructions to new residential constructors on how to apply for financial incentives for solar systems. Contact: Sandy Miller. (10 minutes)

  3. EMERGING RENEWABLES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK. Possible adoption of revisions to the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook to remove the eligibility of solar energy systems as directed by Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 1250, and Senate Bill 107. Program elements to be removed include: photovoltaic and solar thermal electric technologies; the Pilot Performance-Based Incentive Program; Solar Schools Program; New Housing sections; and the C-46 (solar) license as an eligible contractor state license to meet installation requirements. Contact: Payam Narvand. (10 minutes)

  4. RENEWABLES PROGRAM OVERALL PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK. Possible adoption of proposed changes to the Overall Program Guidebook to identify the New Solar Homes Partnership as a program element, identify funding for the Emerging Renewables Program and the New Solar Homes Partnership (Senate Bill 1250), clarify definitions, and make other administrative changes. Contact: Gabriel Herrera. (10 minutes)

  5. AMERIT CONSULTING, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-012 for $74,500 with Amerit Consulting, Inc. for temporary support staff to help process renewable energy rebate applications during high volume periods. Staff anticipates a large spike in program participation in December 2006 due to the transition to the California Solar Initiative and the New Solar Homes Partnership. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Nick Fugate. (10 minutes)

  6. U. C. DAVIS INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORTATION STUDIES. Possible approval of Work Authorization MR-060 for $3,000,000 over three years, with the University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies. This Work Authorization is under the UC Master Research Agreement Number 500 02 004 with the Regents of the University of California - Office of the President/CIEE, for a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center. (PIER electricity funded.) Contact: Philip Misemer. (10 minutes)

  7. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (GTI). Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500 05-026 for an increase of $736,690 and a time extension of one year with Gas Technology Institute. The Amendment will allow GTI to proceed to Phase II as provided in the original agreement. Phase II will develop information regarding the use of off-specification gases on indoor air quality, including environmental impacts, energy efficiency, safety, and performance. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (10 minutes)

  8. PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY. Possible approval of Contract 500 06 023 with Pacific Gas and Electric Company for $667,000 to conduct research related to energy-efficient gas cooling, water heating, and food service equipment. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Bradley Meister. (10 minutes)

  9. PASTORIA ENERGY FACILITY EXPANSION PROJECT. (05-AFC-01). Consideration and possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision and Errata recommending certification of the Pastoria Energy Facility Expansion, a simple-cycle peaker unit adjacent to the existing Pastoria Energy Facility on the Tejon Ranch, south of Bakersfield, in southern Kern County. Contact: Susan Gefter. (20 minutes)


    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Bullard Energy Center, LLC's Application for Certification of the Bullard Energy Center. Contact: Mary Dyas.(10 minutes)

    2. Possible committee assignment for the Bullard Energy Center.


    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for E&L Westcoast, LLC's Application for Certification of the Colusa Generating Station. Contact: Jack Caswell. (10 minutes)

    2. Possible committee assignment for the Colusa Generating Station.

  12. BOTTLE ROCK GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANT PROJECT. (79-AFC-4C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the Energy Commission's decision to allow the restart of operation, and the completion of 11 design changes at the Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Plant. Contact: Christopher Meyer. (15 minutes).

  13. AVENAL ENERGY POWER PLANT PROJECT. Determination of whether Federal Power Avenal, owner and operator of Avenal Energy Power Plant, has complied with the Energy Commission's August 16, 2006, Order 06 0816-03, to submit specified information by September 25, 2006. The Order specifies that failure to submit the identified information will terminate the Application for Certification. Contact: Bill Pfanner. (30 minutes)

  14. MOSS LANDING POWER PROJECT (99-AFC-4C). Possible approval of a petition to transfer ownership and operational control from Duke Energy Moss Landing, LLC to LSP Moss Landing, LLC, and to change the project name from Duke Energy Moss Landing, LLC, to LSP Moss Landing, LLC. Contact: Donna Stone. (10 minutes)

  15. LOWER EMISSION SCHOOL BUS PROGRAM. Possible approval of agreements for purchase of 2006 model-year diesel school buses for school districts to replace the their existing pre-April 1977 school buses. The school districts will destroy one pre-April 1977 bus for each 2006 bus they receive under this agreement. Contact: Mike Trujillo. (10 minutes)

    1. Oxnard Union High School District. Possible approval of Contract 600 06 004 for $475,225 with Oxnard Union High School District for purchase of four 2006 model-year diesel school buses to replace the school district's existing pre-April 1977 school buses.

    2. Marysville Joint Union School District. Possible approval of Contract 600-06-005 for $237,616 with Marysville Joint Union School District for purchase of two 2006 model-year diesel school buses to replace the school district's existing pre-1977 school buses.

    3. Muroc Joint Unified School District. Possible approval of Contract 600-06-006 for $118,808 with Muroc Joint Unified School District for purchase of one 2006 model-year diesel school bus to replace the school district's existing pre-April 1977 school bus.

  16. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of eleven grant applications, totaling $979,577, for Solicitation Cycle 06-01 of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER funded) Contact: Dave Michel. (10 minutes)

    1. 06-01-20, Nove Technologies Inc., Metamora, Michigan. Development of High-Performance Magnesium Diboride-Based Superconductor/Metal Matrix Composite Components for Use in Superconducting Fault Current Limiters. $95,000.

    2. 06-01-40, William Pietrucha (Individual), Fair Oaks, California. A Novel Non-Pyrolytic Tires to Syngas Process to Recover Renewable Fuels for Power Generation. $95,000.

    3. 06-01-39, Gaia Power Technologies, New York, New York. Time Shifting of PV Generation Using Dispatchable Distributed Energy Storage. $76,731.

    4. 06-01-48, CSET-Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Wheat Straw Utilization to Produce Syngas/Hydrogen Fuel for Power Generation. $95,000.

    5. 06-01-06, ASC Power Consulting, Santa Clara, California. Electric Service Reliability Analysis Tool. $50,000.

    6. 06-01-12, Extreme Energetics, Livermore, California. Solid-State Electro-Fluidic Solar Tracker. $95,000.

    7. 06-01-37, ALZETA Corp., Santa Clara, California. Ultra-Low NOx Duct Burner for Small High Efficiency CCHP Systems. $94,880.

    8. 06-01-27, San Diego State University, San Diego, California. Solar and Gas Powered Adsorption (Solid-Vapor) Heat Pump. $94,394.

    9. 06-01-49, Priyam Inc., Hayward, California. Cost Reduction in Solar Cell Electricity by Using Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation Technology. $95,000.

    10. 06-01-56, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. Innovative Economic Design of High-Solids Digestion Systems for Renewable Energy Production. $93,595.

    11. 06-01-29, ITN Energy Systems Inc., Littleton, Colorado. Development of an Ordered Thin-Film Palladium Alloy Membrane for Hydrogen Separation. $94,977.

  17. SAN FRANCISCO ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY PROJECT. (04-AFC-1) Consideration of two petitions granted by the Energy Commission at its November 29, 2006, Business Meeting. The Commission will consider whether to rescind or modify the final decision on the San Francisco Electric Reliability Project. Contact: Dick Ratliff.

    1. Petition for Reconsideration of Final Commission Decision from Californians For Renewable Energy.

    2. Petition for Reconsideration of Final Commission Decision from Robert Sarvey.

  18. Minutes

    Approval of the November 29, 2006, Business Meeting Minutes.

  19. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

  20. 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)].

  21. Executive Director's Report

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

  22. Legislative Director's Report

  23. Public Adviser's Report

  24. 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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