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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, August 1, 2007

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. NEW POWER TECHNOLOGIES. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-04-008 for a two-year, no-cost time extension. Additional time is needed due to delays in processing an extremely large amount of data from Southern California Edison. The Amendment will allow adequate time for planning and executing the demonstration of this work. Contact: Rachel MacDonald

  2. GATEWAY GENERATING STATION PROJECT (00-AFC-1C). Possible approval of Pacific Gas & Electric's petition to amend the existing certificate to change from once through cooling to dry cooling, eliminating the use of San Joaquin River water as the cooling water source, and to complete associated project design changes. Contact: Christopher Meyer. (15 minutes)
  3. LA PALOMA GENERATING STATION (98-AFC-2C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the existing certificate to allow use of injection wells as the primary method of wastewater disposal and use of the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) system as a backup disposal option. The proposed change would differ from the language in the original Decision, wherein the project owner was required to select either ZLD or injection wells as the wastewater disposal method. Contact: Christopher Meyer. (5 minutes)
  4. DYNEGY MOSS LANDING POWER PLANT PROJECT (99-AFC-4C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the existing certificate to permit the addition of a temporary pilot desalination plant to the project site. The pilot project will not require additional water intake from or additional discharge to Monterey Bay and will not affect power plant operations. Contact: Donna Stone (15 minutes)
  5. RUSSELL CITY ENERGY CENTER (01-AFC-7C). Possible approval of a Petition for Ownership change from Calpine Corporation to Russell City Energy Company, LLC. Russell City Energy Company, LLC is jointly owned by Calpine Russell City, LLC, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Calpine Corporation (65%) and Aircraft Services Corporation, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of General Electric Company (35%). The project name will not change and because the project is not yet under construction, there will be no operational changes to it. Contact: Lance Shaw. (5 minutes)
  6. CHEVRON RICHMOND POWER PLANT REPLACEMENT PROJECT - SMALL POWER PLANT EXEMPTION (07-SPPE-1). Possible committee appointment for the proposed Chevron Richmond Power Plant Replacement Project to add an additional 60 megawatts net generation to its existing Refinery electrical generation located within Chevron's Richmond Refinery in Contra Costa County. Contact: Mary Dyas. (5 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for CPV Sentinel, LLC's Application for Certification for the CPV 850 megawatt Sentinel Energy Peaker Project. (07-AFC-3)
    2. Possible appointment of a Committee for the CPV Sentinel Energy Project.

  8. ORANGE GROVE POWER PLANT PROJECT - SMALL POWER PLANT EXEMPTION (07-SPPE-2). Possible committee appointment for the proposed Orange Grove Power Plant Project to construct a new 96 megawatt (MW) net generation peaking facility to supply electric power locally to San Diego Gas & Electric customers. The project is located in northern San Diego County near the township of Pala. Contact: Felicia Miller. (10 minutes)
  9. EASTERN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT. Possible approval of a $3,000,000 loan to Eastern Municipal Water District to install a 750 kW digester gas-fueled fuel cell cogeneration system at its Moreno Valley water reclamation facility. This project is estimated to save about $534,777 annually and has a simple payback of 9.5 years. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Joseph Wang. (5 minutes)
  10. CITY OF ALHAMBRA. Possible approval of a $1,178,410 loan to the City of Alhambra to retrofit the city's traffic signal from Incandescent to LED, and to convert the city's street lighting system from series to parallel. This project is estimated to save the city approximately 708,000 kWh or $117,841 annually in reduced energy costs with a simple payback of approximately 10 years. (ECAA and/or Bond Funded). Contact Adel Suleiman. (5 minutes)
  11. CREATUS, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order (PO) 07-409.00-005 for $250,000 to provide services for application and database development and support where the specific programming knowledge and technical expertise are not available from civil service staff at the Commission. This PO will provide the Information Technology Services Branch with a vehicle to obtain timely development and support services for the Commission's essential application and database systems. (ERPA funded, FY 2007/2008) Contact: Rita Gass. (5 minutes)
  12. ENTERPRISE NETWORKING SOLUTIONS, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 07-409.00-004 for no more than $90,000 with Enterprise Networking Solutions, Inc. to migrate the existing MS Access database portion of the New Solar Home Partnership (NSHP) database into web-enabling software and programming technology to enable web-based functionality. These necessary additions and enhancements to the NSHP application will benefit program participants, the Renewables Office staff, and the partner utility agencies who will soon be administering the program. Contact: Payam Narvand/ Deb Osfeld. (5 minutes)
  13. DGS CONTRACTED FISCAL SERVICES. Possible approval of Contract 400-07-001 for $135,000 with the department of General Services' Office of Fiscal Services for accounting support in preparation of the annual independent audits related to the Energy Commission's Tax Exempt Revenue Bond Program. (Bond administrative sub-account funded.) Contact: Jane Heinz. (5 minutes)
  14. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE. Possible approval of Amendment 2 for an augmentation of $1,142,408 to PIER Work Authorization MR-026 with the Regents of the University of California, Riverside under the UC Master Research Agreement Number 500-02-004 with The Regents of the University of California - Office of the President/CIEE. This amendment funds three research projects under the Air Quality Research Program:
    • A tracer study to produce data needed for improving near-field air quality models for Distributed Generation (DG). ($400,000)
    • Development of test protocols needed to accurately measure low emission levels required for California Air Resources Board certification of DG. ($842,408)
    • A scoping study to examine the feasibility of energy efficiency as a measure in State Implementation Plans to meet federal air quality standards. ($200,000)(PIER electricity funded.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (5 minutes)

  15. EKSTER & ASSOCIATES. Possible approval of Work Authorization MR-72 for $75,000.00 with Ekster & Associates under the UC Master Research Agreement Number 500-02-004 with The Regents of the University of California - Office of the President/CIEE. The project, Field Demonstration of Automation of Sludge Thickening Process, will develop an automatic control system to maintain the concentration of feed sludge. (PIER electricity funded.) Contact: Rajesh Kapoor. (5 minutes)
  16. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 2 adding $250,000 and six months to the term of Contract 500-05-001 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The amendment is needed to continue the field testing and demonstration of automated Demand Response communications and control devices to operate existing residential air conditioning load control devices to provide electrical system reliability resources, such as spinning reserve. The amendment also includes conducting surveys of participating air conditioner load control program customers. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Kristy Chew. (5 minutes)
  17. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500 07 001 for $150,000 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to evaluate the capability of fine-grid Global Circulation Models (GCMs) to address urban reflectivity. The researchers will perform limited fine-scale global climate modeling to quantify the effect of increasing urban albedo on mitigating climate change. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Mary Jane Coombs. (5 minutes)
  18. LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Work Authorization MR-073 for $150,000 with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, under the UC Master Research Agreement Number 500-02-004 with The Regents of the University of California - Office of the President/CIEE. The project, Research Activities for the AB1925 Report to the Legislature on Accelerating Geologic Carbon Sequestration Strategies, will evaluate California's needs in facilitating the adoption of cost-effective commercial-scale geologic sequestration. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Mary Jane Coombs. (5 minutes)
  19. CALIFORNIA STATE CONTROLLER'S OFFICE. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 200-98-012 with the California State Controller's Office, adding $300,000 ($100,000 FY 07/08, $100,000 FY 08/09, and $100,000 FY 09/10) and extending the term of the agreement for three years to continue auditing services and support to the PIER Audit Program. The changes will amend the Scope of Work to clarify the contract assessment/audit process and update rates. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Susan Aronhalt. (5 minutes)
  20. JOHN MAULBETSCH. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-003 for $540,000 with John Maulbetsch to quantify the adverse effects of wind on air-cooled condenser fan performance and evaluate potential mitigation measures to reduce these effects. The project will consist of data collection at an operating power plant using a full scale air-cooled condenser, and is a continuation of earlier PIER funded research on wind effects on power plant air-cooled condensers. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Joe O'Hagan. (5 minutes)
  21. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500 05 011 with Gas Technology Institute, to add $446,494 and three additional tasks, adjust the schedule and extend the term by 21 months to December 31, 2009. The additional tasks will explore improving the energy efficiency of commercial under- and over-fired charbroilers by 25% and develop systems and/or mechanical improvements to remedy deficiencies in tankless water heaters identified in the earlier contract phase. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton. (5 minutes)
  22. RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD 2005 PROCUREMENT VERIFICATION. Possible approval of the Renewables Portfolio Standard Procurement Verification Report. Senate Bill 1078 (Sher, SB 1078, Chapter 516, Statutes of 2002) directs the Energy Commission to design and implement a tracking system to verify compliance with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This report transmits the RPS procurement verification findings for 2004 and 2005 to the California Public Utilities Commission. Contact: Jason Orta. (5 minutes)
  23. Minutes
    1. Approval of the June 20, 2007 Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Approval of the June 27, 2007, Special Business Meeting Minutes.
    3. Approval of the July 11, 2007, Special Business Meeting Minutes.
  24. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

  25. 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)].

  26. Executive Director's Report

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

  27. Legislative Director's Report

  28. Public Adviser's Report

  29. 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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