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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

October 10, 2007

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
10 a.m.
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
Please see information at: http://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. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 500-03-024 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a six month, no-cost time extension. Unexpected issues that caused delays have been resolved, but additional time is needed to complete the project. Contact: Bernard Treanton.
    2. UTILITY ENERGY FORUM. Possible approval of Contract 400-07-008 for $6,000 to co-sponsor the 28th Annual Utility Energy Forum. This contract will give the Energy Commission a seat on the steering committee and input to the forum's agenda and scope. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Maura Clark.
    3. ALLIANCE TO SAVE ENERGY. Possible approval of Contract 400-07-009 for $10,000 to co-sponsor the 2007 Energy Efficiency Global Forum and Exposition. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Panama Bartholomy.
    4. ACTERRA CALIFORNIA CLEAN TECHNOLOGY OPEN COMPETITION. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-010 for $15,000 to co-sponsor the California Clean Technology Open Competition 2007, October 29, 2007, in San Francisco. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Pramod Kulkarni.

  2. DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES. Possible approval of Contract 200 07-005 for $132,000 with the Department of Technology Services to perform data processing services for the Energy Commission to meet CALSTARS requirements. CALSTARS is a uniform statewide accounting system required by the Department of Finance. (ERPA funding.) Contact: James Lee. (5 minutes)
  3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY. Possible approval of Contract 400 07 007 with Southern California Edison Company for $280,000 to provide application processing and call center call center activities for the New Solar Homes Partnership within its service territory. (RRTF funding.) Contact: Jim Folkman. (5 minutes)
  4. SAN DIEGO GAS AND ELECTRIC. Possible approval of Contract 400-07-006 with San Diego Gas and Electric for $280,000 to provide application processing and call center activities for the New Solar Homes Partnership within its service territory. (RRTF funding.) Contact: Jim Folkman. (5 minutes)
  5. PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY. Possible approval of Contract 400 07 005 with Pacific Gas and Electric Company for $440,000 to provide application processing and call center call center activities for the New Solar Homes Partnership within its service territory. (RRTF funding.) Contact: Jim Folkman. (5 minutes)
  6. UC DAVIS WESTERN COOLING EFFICIENCY CENTER. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-011 with UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center for $200,000 to develop and promote, in conjunction with commercial partners and electric utilities, the use of building cooling systems that are especially appropriate in the California climate. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton. (5 minutes)
  7. HYDROLOGIC RESEARCH CENTER. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-013 with Hydrologic Research Center for $199,600 to investigate how the use of probabilistic hydrologic forecast and a modern decision support system could reduce the negative effects of climate change on water resources. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  8. SCRIPPS INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY. Possible approval of Contract 500 07 014 with UC San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography for $698,991 for California Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Air Pollution Profiling Study. The purpose is to study the movement of black carbon and other air pollutants from Asia using unmanned research aircraft. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  9. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE. Possible approval of Contract 500 07 012 with University of California, Riverside for $400,000 to evaluate the performance of natural gas vehicles using various natural gas blends and associated air emissions. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (5 minutes)
  10. CONTRA COSTA COUNTY. Possible approval of a loan of $180,000 to Contra Costa County to install energy efficient lighting systems at eight county buildings. This project is estimated to save $41,593 annually and has a simple payback of 4.3 years. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Joseph Wang. (10 minutes)
  11. TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY. Possible approval of a loan of $76,800 to the Town of Yucca Valley to install a 30kW photovoltaic system at its Community Development Building. This project is estimated to save $7,680 annually and has a simple payback of 10 years. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Joseph Wang (10 minutes)
  12. WALNUT CREEK ENERGY PARK (05-AFC-2). Possible approval of the Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision and Committee Revisions for the Walnut Creek Energy Park. Contact: Garret Shean. (15 minutes)
  13. IVANPAH SOLAR ELECTRIC GENERATING SYSTEM (07-AFC-5). Contact: Jack Caswell. (10 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Solar Partners I, II, IV, and VIII, LLC Application for Certification of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System project.

  14. EXISTING RENEWABLE FACILITIES PROGRAM FUNDING AWARD NOTICE. Possible approval of a Funding Award Notice pursuant to the Energy Commission's Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook, Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook, and Overall Program Guidebook. This Funding Award Notice commits funding to production incentives to HL Power Company subject to the Guidelines and terms of the funding award notice. Contact: Jason Orta. (10 minutes)
  15. STATE PLAN TO INCREASE THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION FUELS. Possible adoption of the State Plan to Increase the Use of Alternative Transportation Fuels in California in response to Assembly Bill 1007 (Pavley, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2005). This report describes actions and conditions needed to increase the use of alternative fuels to reduce petroleum use, curb greenhouse gases, and increase California biofuels production. Contact: Tim Olson. (60 minutes)
  16. Please note:

    The Energy Commission's Transportation Policy Committee, comprised of Commissioners Boyd and Byron, are extending the deadline for written comments on the Committee Draft of the AB 1007 State Alternative Fuels Plan to the close of business on Friday, October 12. The Committee will also recommend that the Commission defer consideration of the AB 1007 Committee Draft to the October 31 (Special) Business Meeting.

    This time extension will allow parties additional time to submit written comments, following the October 9 scheduled Joint Staff Workshop. Written comments submitted by the October 12 deadline will be considered for inclusion in the Final Committee Draft.

  17. Minutes

    Approval of the September 26, 2007, Business Meeting Minutes.

  18. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

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

  19. 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)].

  20. Executive Director's Report

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

  21. Legislative Director's Report

  22. Public Adviser's Report

  23. 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.


  25. APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION ADAPTORS (07-AAER-2). Possible adoption of proposed regulations for Digital Television Adapters originally published as Express Terms 45-Day Language on August 24, 2007, which consists of amendments to the appliance regulations in Title 20 California Code of Regulations to repeal the appliance efficiency standard for Digital Television Adapters. The Notice of the Proposed Action on August 24, 2007, included a Notice for October 10, 2007 as the date for the proposed adoption. Contact: William Staack. (5 minutes)

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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's Office - 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 wish 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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