California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, November 7, 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.)
- INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 200-07-004 with Inter-Con Security Systems to increase the hourly rate for security guard services commensurate with the raise for State of California employees. There is no increase in the total contract amount. Contact: Emily Oren.
- TECOGEN, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-03-039 with Tecogen, Inc. for a one-year no cost time extension to March 31, 2009, to allow a demonstration of an inverter-based combined heat and power engine system to be completed. Contact: Jennifer Allen.
- GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-06-015 with Gas Technology Institute for a one-year no cost time extension. Additional time is needed due to delays in the manufacture of redesigned Reverse Annulus Single Ended Radiant Tubes modified to correct high temperature plastic deformation of outlet ports discovered in field trials. Contact: Michael Lozano.
- NEXANT, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 600-05-014 with Nexant, Inc. for a one-year no cost time extension to fully use federal funds that have been extended through September 2008 and to fulfill contract deliverables. Contact: Tambu Kisoki.
- WESTSTART-CALSTART. Possible approval of $4,950, staff time and use of the Energy Commission's name for co-sponsorship of the WestStart-CALSTART Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle 2007Conference February 20 - 22, 2008, in San Diego. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Asish Gautam.
- KINGS RIVER CONSERVATION DISTRICT COMMUNITY POWER PROJECT. (07-AFC-7) Contact: Che McFarlin. (10 minutes)
- Possible adoption of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Kings River Conservation District Community Power Project.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Kings River Community Power Project.
- RUSSELL CITY ENERGY CENTER AMENDMENT (01-AFC-7C). Consideration and possible action on petitions filed by the County of Alameda October 23, 2007, Chabot-Los Positas Community College District October 26, 2007, and Group Petitioners October 26, 2007, regarding the Russell City Energy Center Amendment. Contact: William Chamberlain. (20 minutes)
- Petitions for Intervention.
- Petitions for Reopening the Administrative Preceding, Reopening the Evidentiary Record, Reconsideration of the Energy Commission's Decision, and Request for Stay.
- VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to PIER Work Authorization MR-054 with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to add $10,000.00 and a time extension of twelve months. MR-054 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 Advanced Protection Systems using Wide Area Measurements. The additional funding will enable the University to expand their computer load flow analysis capabilities, and the additional time will allow the researchers to complete this new analysis. The U. S. Department of Energy is providing $8,000 in match funding for this effort. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Jamie Patterson. (5 minutes)
- UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 500-01-043 with the University of California, Office of the President to add $2.4 million, expand the scope of work and extend the contract by six months. This amendment will continue long-term research into demand response enabling technologies, award two grants for proposals that were selected by a competitive process, and expand the scope of work to allow research in enabling technologies to improve utility distribution system automation and end use devices in buildings. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Kristy Chew. (5 minutes)
- UC BERKELEY CENTER FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-018 for $30,000 with the Regents of the University of California for the Energy Commission's membership in the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment (CBE). Membership provides the Energy Commission access to leading researchers, architects and engineers, as well as a vote on research directions at CBE. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton. (5 minutes)
- ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 700 05 002 for $4,905,560 with Aspen Environmental Group for additional spending authority and funds to provide technical support to the Energy Commission's Power Plant Licensing Program for peak workload levels not anticipated when the contract was competitively bid and awarded. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Chris Tooker. (5 minutes)
- PACIFIC REGION COMBINED HEAT AND POWER APPLICATION CENTER NETWORK (PRAC). Possible approval for the Energy Commission to accept a $122,000 grant from the US Department of Energy's State Energy Program and to administer a sub-award to The Regents of the University of California. The grant is an augmentation to previous grants totaling $538,485. The PRAC promotes the adoption of combined heat and power systems by providing information, education and technical assistance. Contact: Arthur J Soinski. (5 minutes)
- COUNTY OF ALAMEDA. Possible approval of a $2.94 million loan to the County of Alameda to install high-efficiency boilers, pumps, motors, lighting, low-flow water fixtures and water flow controllers, and a laundry hot-water recovery system at the Santa Rita Jail Facility in Dublin. This project is estimated to save $294,425 annually and have a simple payback of 10 years. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Jim Holland. (5 minutes)
- CONTRA COSTA COUNTY. Possible approval of a $3 million loan to Contra Costa County to install a 255kW cogeneration system at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and a 170 kW cogeneration system at the county juvenile hall. These two cogeneration projects are estimated to save $383,000 annually and have a simple payback of 7.9 years. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Joseph Wang. (10 minutes)
- TOLLENAAR HOLSTEINS, Inc. Possible approval of a $500,000 loan to Tollenaar Holsteins Inc. to install an anaerobic digester unit to produce 229 kW. The dairy farm is located near Elk Grove, in Sacramento County, California. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the electricity supplier buying the generated electricity under a net-metering agreement. The project has a simple payback of 3.5 years. (PVEA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Ricardo Amón. (10 minutes)
- EXISTING RENEWABLE FACILITIES PROGRAM FUNDING AWARD NOTICES. Possible approval of Funding Award Notices pursuant to the Energy Commission's Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook, Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook, and Overall Program Guidebook. These Funding Award Notices commit funding to production incentives to the following facilities subject to the Guidelines and terms of their respective funding award notices. Contact: Jason Orta. (10 minutes)
- The Pacific Lumber Company
- Burney Forest Power
- Big Valley Power
- Woodland Biomass
- Rio Bravo Rocklin
- Rio Bravo Fresno
- GEOLOGIC CARBON SEQUESTRATION STRATEGIES FOR CALIFORNIA. Possible adoption of Geologic Carbon Sequestration Strategies for California in response to AB 1925 (Blakeslee, Chapter 471, Statutes of 2006). This report, produced by the Energy Commission in coordination with the Department of Conservation, is a technical evaluation and assessment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies, and of the economic, statutory and regulatory issues affecting adoption of geologic carbon sequestration in the state. Contact: Kelly Birkinshaw/Elizabeth Burton. (30 minutes)
- STRATEGIC TRANSMISSION INVESTMENT PLAN. Possible adoption of the Final Joint Committees Strategic Transmission Investment Plan, as required by Public Resources Code section 25324. The report identifies and recommends actions required to implement transmission investments needed to ensure reliability, relieve congestion, and meet future growth in load and generation, including renewable resources. Contact: Judy Grau. (10 minutes)
Approval of the October 31, 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. [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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