California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2007
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
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.)
- CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-05-028 with the California Department of Conservation for a one-year time extension and a rate increase as provided in the original agreement. The time extension will allow the contractor to complete development of gross sandstone isopach maps for three specific sandstone formations in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins for the West Coast Carbon Sequestration Partnership, Phase II. There is no change in the total cost of the contract. Contact: Mary Jane Coombs.
- EQUEST 3.6 AND D2COMPLY 3.6. Possible approval of eQUEST 3.6 and D2comply 3.6 computer programs for use in demonstrating compliance with the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for nonresidential buildings, high-rise residential buildings, and hotels and motels. Contact: Bruce Maeda. (10 minutes)
- VICTORVILLE 2 HYBRID POWER PROJECT.
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the City of Victorville's Application for Certification of the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project (07-AFC-1). Contact: John S. Kessler. (10 minutes)
- Possible committee assignment for the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project.
- INLAND EMPIRE ENERGY CENTER. Possible approval of a petition by Inland Empire Energy Center, LLC to modify the Inland Empire Energy Center Project (01 AFC-17C). The petition seeks to amend various air quality conditions of certification to make the Energy Commission's Decision consistent with the South Coast Air Quality Management District's facility permit for the project. Contact: Connie Bruins. (10 minutes)
- ROBERT CENZER CONSULTING. Possible approval of Information Technology Services Purchase Order 06.433.00.012 for $173,500 with Robert Cenzer Consulting to analyze the October 2006 and April 2007 vehicle registration databases from the Department of Motor Vehicles to support Energy Commission transportation activities. The standard set of 12 reports includes operational vehicle counts broken down by fuel type, vehicle class and geographic location, and input data files for the forecasting unit's models. (ERPA funding - $63,500; Department of Parks & Recreation RIA - $30,000; Spending Authority - $80,000) Contact: Gene Strecker. (10 minutes)
- PERSONAL ENTERPRISES, INC. Possible approval of adding $40,000 to Purchase Order 3-05-70-1605B with Personal Enterprises, Inc. for a Quality Assurance/ Configuration Management Consultant to provide continued services for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) project. The Quality Assurance/Configuration Management Consultant ensures that the WREGIS software vendor performs the appropriate quality assurance and user acceptance testing and also that all WREGIS documentation undergoes version control and adequate storage. Approval of the contract extension will enable WREGIS to meet the specifications of the functional requirements. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Angela Gould. (10 minutes)
- VISIONARY INTEGRATION PROFESSIONALS, LLC. Possible approval of adding $40,000 to Purchase Order 3-05-70-0399H for a Program Development Project Manager to provide continued services for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) project. The Program Development Project Manager (PDPM) ensures that the processes and fiscal and technical infrastructure needed to support the day-to-day administrative operation of WREGIS at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) are in place when the system becomes operational. The PDPM also ensures that the WREGIS program and administrative operations work is completed within scope, planned timeline and estimated budget. Approval of the contract extension will allow administrative operations at WECC to be ready on schedule. (ERPA Funding.) Contact: Angela Gould. (10 minutes)
- SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS. Possible approval of Contract 100 06-002 for $400,000 with San Diego Association of Governments to develop analytical tools for coordinated land use, energy, climate change and alternative fuels research. The research and tools developed under this contract will provide guidance and information for California's local governments to incorporate energy and climate considerations into their planning, development and infrastructure deployment programs. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Panama Bartholomy. (10 minutes)
- CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-042 with California Air Resources Board for $50,000 for co-sponsorship of the Haagen-Smit Symposium 2007, which will focus on climate change and its effects. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Brian Ellis. (10 minutes)
- U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-041 with U. S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for $500,000 to develop high performance building glazing and fašade systems for commercial construction. These materials will enable reliable, routine and cost-effective reductions in energy use and peak demand at the building envelope in commercial construction. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Michael Seaman. (10 minutes)
- REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT/CIEE. Possible approval of PIER Work Authorization MR066 under the UC Master Research Agreement 500-02-004 with the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President/CIEE for $180,055 for Blast Freezer Fan Modulation Technology for Refrigerated Warehouses. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Rajesh Kapoor. (10 minutes)
- GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-038 for $2,205,909 with Gas Technology Institute to develop and demonstrate Cummins QSK19G engine generator integrated with a thermo chemical recuperation (TCR) system that exceeds California's 2007 distributed generation emission standards and the Advanced Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (ARICE) 2009 efficiency goal. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining. (10 minutes)
- DE SOLUTIONS. Possible approval of a $749,013 grant to DE Solutions for Engine CHP Emission Control Technology. Working with two combined heat and power (CHP) system manufacturers, Tecogen and BluePoint Energy as subcontractors, DE Solutions will adapt automotive emissions control components for use on stationary natural gas engines used in CHP systems. The goal is to maintain emissions within California Air Resources Board 2007 regulations and provide cost effective, full time emissions monitoring and control to meet South Coast Air Quality Management District's Rulemaking requirements. (PIER natural gas and match funding.) Contact: John Henry Beyer. (10 minutes)
- NET SYSTEM POWER REPORT. Possible approval of Net System Power2006, as required by the Power Content Disclosure program. Contact: Adam Pan. (15 minutes)
- BIOFUELS RD&D GRANT RECOMMENDATIONS. Possible approval of three projects totaling $2,987,822, under the PIER Renewables Program Biofuels Research, Development and Demonstration Grant Solicitation. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Gerald Braun. (20 minutes)
- Metcalf & Eddy and San Francisco Public Utility Commission: Brown Grease Recovery and Biofuel Production Demonstration. ($995,791) The project will demonstrate the use of waste fats, oils, and greases to produce an economically viable feedstock for biodiesel fuel.
- Renewable Energy Institute International: Demonstration of an Integrated Biofuels and Energy Production System. ($996,093) This project will construct, demonstrate and validate various energy-efficient biomass conversion systems, including a thermochemical conversion system and catalyst to produce syngas for ethanol in an integrated biofuels and energy production system.
- Bluefire Ethanol: California Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Project. ($995,938) Bluefire will develop and test a pre-commercial biorefinery system using green and wood wastes to produce ethanol. The facility will be located next to an existing landfill gas to energy facility to take advantage of landfill gas for power and steam, easy access to feedstock and use of available infrastructure.
- SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP. Possible approval of Contract 140-06-002 for $90,000 with Sidley Austin LLP to provide bond and tax legal assistance for Energy Conservation Assistance Account bond-funded loans. (Bond administration funding.) Contact: Bill Chamberlain. (10 minutes)
- Minutes Approval of the March 28, 2007, 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.
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