California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, January 2, 2008
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.)
- REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to PIER Work Authorization MR-044 for a no-cost time extension of one year with The Regents of the University of California - Office of the President under the UC Master Research Agreement Number 500 02 004 for Lighting Research Program Final Phase. Due to delays associated with manufacturing partnerships, additional time is needed to complete research and field testing. Contact: Michael Seaman.
- CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES, INCORPORATED (CADER, INC.). Possible approval of $4,999 to co-sponsor CADER's 10-Year Anniversary Symposium on Distributed Energy Resources: Turning on Distributed Energy Resources Locally, Nationally and Globally at Hyatt Regency La Jolla, San Diego, CA from January 30, 2008, to February 1, 2008. Contact: Avtar Bining.
- CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION SEMINARS. Possible approval of no-cost sponsorship and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo for educational seminars on carbon capture and sequestration. The seminars will be organized by the National Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense. Contact: Mary Jane Coombs.
- COMMUNITY POWER CORPORATION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-03-020 with Community Power Corporation for a two year no-cost time extension to March 31, 2010, to design, develop and demonstrate a 50 kW modular biomass gasification system for grid interconnection and combined heat and power at a new host site. Contact: Prab Sethi.
- SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FINANCE INITIATIVE ALLIANCE. Possible adoption of a resolution in support of the Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative Alliance (SEF Alliance). The SEF Alliance is an international organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of public and publicly-backed agencies to finance and transform clean energy markets. Contact: Heather Raitt. (5 minutes)
- GATEWAY GENERATING STATION PROJECT (00-AFC-1C). Possible approval of Pacific Gas & Electric's petition to add two water tanks at the Gateway Generating Station. Contact: Ron Yasny. (5 minutes)
- ELK HILLS POWER PROJECT (99-AFC-1C). Possible approval of Elk Hills Power's petition to modify air quality conditions of certification to conform to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Permit To Operate. Contact: Ron Yasny. (5 minutes)
- GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500 05-017, adding $24,573 to install a motorized chimney damper system necessary to complete field testing of a natural gas fired aluminum smelter burner. (2006 and 2007 PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
- ICF RESOURCES, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-028 for $159,998 with ICF Resources, LLC, to address improving estimates of CH4 emissions from natural gas systems in California, facilitate future tracking of emission reductions, and identify opportunities for mitigation. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
- STATE WATER PROJECT CONTRACTORS AUTHORITY. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-025 for $400,000 with State Water Project Contractors Authority to issue a competitive solicitation to select a contractor for Analysis and Optimization of Water and Energy Balances for Storage and Conveyance Systems. The project is to research and develop methods and tools to achieve energy efficiency, increased power generation, integration of renewable resources, peak load reduction and load shifting. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Richard Sapudar. (5 minutes)
- NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-05-027 with the U. S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, adding $651,296 for the second phase of the Advanced Power Electronic Interface (APEI) Initiative. The project is to develop a prototype power electronics module scalable up to 100 kW that will be based on a high volume product and will reduce costs and increase reliability. The prototype is planned for commercial applications and complements the subcontracted research on residential-scale modules initiated in phase 1. The APEI technologies will have applications on other platforms, including renewable energy and plug-in hybrids. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Bernard Treanton. (5 minutes)
- ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS DATA COLLECTION. Possible adoption of Electricity and Natural Gas Data Collection, Forms and Instructions. The forms are based on the Energy Commission's updated data collection regulations approved by the Office of Administrative Law in July 2007 (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 1). Contact: Andrea Gough. (5 minutes)
- ORDER INSTITUTING RULEMAKING FOR LOAD MANAGEMENT STANDARDS. Possible approval of an Order Instituting Rulemaking authorizing a proceeding to adopt load management standards for publicly owned utilities (POUs) and investor owned utilities (IOUs) under the Public Resources Code section 25403.5. Contact: E. V. (Al) Garcia. (10 minutes)
Approval of the December 19, 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. If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at 916-654-5146, five days before the meeting.
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