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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, August 15, 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. ARROWHEAD 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: Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Connection, “Planning for Growth: Demographics, Employment, Housing and Resources” in Lake Arrowhead, California, October 14-16, 2007. Contact: Panama Bartholomy.
    2. 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 16-17, in Ontario, California. Contact: Asish Gautam.
    3. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS – CENTER FOR AQUATIC BIOLOGY. Possible approval of use of the Energy Commission logo on materials for a conference presenting the results of PIER-funded research on the ecological effects of pulsed flow discharges from hydropower plants. Contact: Joseph O'Hagan.
    4. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to PIER Work Authorization MR-051 with the U. S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley 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, for a no cost time extension of twelve months from August 31, 2007 to August 31, 2008, for Transmission Cost Allocation Methodologies. Contact: Jamie Patterson.

  2. CALIFORNIA RESOURCES AGENCY. Possible approval of Amendment 1 adding $135,000 to Contract 200-07-001 with the California Resources Agency. The additional funding is for the Resources Agency's Climate Change Executive. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Cheryl Raedel/Randy Roesser. (5 minutes)
  3. SHANDAM CONSULTING. Possible approval of Purchase Order 07 409.00-003 for $200,000 to Shandam Consulting for information technology network engineering and architecture services that are highly specialized where the knowledge and expertise is not available within Commission staff. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Derek Davis. (5 minutes)
  4. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY-CENTER FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-049 for $600,000 with the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment. The project is expected to: (1) improve commissioning and energy analysis tools for underfloor air distribution systems for building ventilation; (2) investigate comfort and energy aspects of efficient radiant building cooling systems; (3) investigate and integrate a commercial fenestration design tool with the CBE thermal comfort simulation tool; and, (4) improve the usability of the thermal comfort simulation tool. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton. (5 minutes)
  5. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of seven grant applications, totaling $619,913, in response to Solicitation Cycle 06-01G of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER funding.) Contact: Dave Michel. (10 minutes)
    1. Altex Technologies Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA. (06-01-11G) High Efficiency and Power System for CCHP Applications, $94,915.
    2. Functional Coating Technology, LLC, Evanston, IL. (06-01-12G) Highly Efficient Production of Electricity and Syngas Using a Natural-Gas Fuel Cell, $94,998.
    3. Meruit, Inc., Santa Monica, CA. (06-01-06G) Testbed Design for Gas Turbine Exhaust Pressure Recovery, $50,000.
    4. Energy Concepts Company, LLC, Annapolis, MD. (06-01-05G) Solar Thermal Heat Pump/Chiller, $95,000.
    5. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. (06-01-30G) Enabling the Thermochemical Production Of Hydrogen From Water: Investigating Of The Bunsen Reaction In A Low Vapor Pressure Solvent, $95,000.
    6. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. (06-01-29G) A Pore Flow Reactor for Landfill Gas Clean-up, $95,000.
    7. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. (06-01-20G) Feasibility Assessment of Operating Gas Engines on Alternative Gas Fuels, $95,000.

  6. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU). Possible approval of nine grant applications, totaling $853,675, in response to Solicitation Cycle 06-03 of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER funding.) Contact: Dave Michel. (10 minutes)
    1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. (06-03-59) Carbon Molecular Sieve Membrane with Tunable Properties, $95,000.
    2. GC Environmental, Inc. Anaheim, CA. (06-03-40) UV-Photodecomposition of Siloxane, $95,000.
    3. Engsysco, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI. (06-03-56) Feasibility Analysis of Clean Room Airflow Reduction Based on Establishment of Theoretical Basis and Required Validation, $95,000..
    4. Clustered Systems, Menlo Park, CA. (06-03-24) Fanless Cooling System for Servers and Storage Systems, $95,000
    5. Nexajoule, Inc., Boulder, CO. (06-03-26) Residential Sub-Wetbulb Evaporative Chiller System, $95,000.
    6. Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV. (06-03-31) Utility Monitoring System Hardware Development, $94,859..
    7. University of California, Santa Cruz, Castro Valley, CA. (06-03-42) Evaluation of a CO2 Mitigation Option for California Coastal Power Plants, $95,000.
    8. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. (06-03-07) Feasibility Study of a Flexible Symmetrical Turbine Blade for Wind Energy Conversion, $94,856.
    9. EPB Consulting Group, Moraga, CA. (06-03-50) Residential Integrated Ventilation Energy Controller, $93,960.

  7. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-004 for $114,996 with the University of California, Davis to investigate climate-induced range shifts of commercially and ecologically important tree species in the Sierra Nevada. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  8. Minutes
    1. Approval of the June 20, 2007, Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Approval of the August 1, 2007, Business Meeting Minutes.
  9. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

  10. 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)].

  11. Executive Director's Report

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

  12. Legislative Director's Report

  13. Public Adviser's Report

  14. 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:
     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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