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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2008

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. BEACON SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT (08-AFC-2). Contact: Bill Pfanner. (15 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Beacon Solar, LLC's Application for Certification of the Beacon Solar Energy Project, a nominal 250 megawatt concentrated solar electric generating facility proposed on an approximately 2,012-acre site in eastern Kern County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Beacon Solar Energy Project.

  2. GRATON COMMUNITY DISTRICT. Possible approval of a $392,630 loan to Graton Community District to build two new variable speed pump stations for wastewater discharge and irrigation. These energy-efficient pump systems are estimated to save about $39,263 annually and have a simple payback of 10 years. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Monica Rudman. (10 minutes)

  3. WHITE BOX TECHNOLGIES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-033 for $300,000 with White Box Technologies, Inc., to review available weather data and develop a new set of standard California Climate Thermal Zone weather files for use in the mandated Energy Commission Title 24 compliance and New Solar Homes Partnership incentive calculations. The current weather files, last revised in 1992, are out of date. Updates and improvements will include more recent weather data and more detailed solar radiation data. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Norm Bourassa. (5 minutes)
  4. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-046 for $870,000 with U. S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to conduct research on energy use and air flows of ventilation systems in school buildings and potential new specifications for Title 24 ventilation requirements. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Bradley Meister. (10 minutes)
  5. REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-07-045 with the University of California, Davis, for $120,000. Under this contract, UC Davis will install specialized monitoring stations in the Sierra Nevada to determine the chemical composition of particulate matter in ambient air, which will be used to estimate what, how much, and how often air pollution originating in Asia may affect hydroelectric generation available to California through changes in snow conditions in the Sierra Nevada and other climate changes. (PIER electricity funding) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  6. NEW POWER TECHNOLOGIES. Possible approval of a Work Authorization for $1,925,293, as envisioned in the original contract 500-04-008 for $5.4 million with New Power Technologies, to demonstrate, monitor and verify the New Power Technologies Energynet Simulation method on a utility system in California. The first phase of this planned dual-phase project developed a simulation model of a complex distribution system in Southern California Edison's service area. The originally-anticipated final phase field trial will complete the five-year project begun in 2004. The method includes characterization and analysis of transmission and distribution systems as a single, integrated power delivery network. Contact: Rachel MacDonald. (10 minutes)
  7. ANDES CONSULTING, LLC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 07-409.00-023 for $178,500 with Andes Consulting, LLC, to provide quality management services for the Dynamic Transportation Energy Simulation Model (DynaSim) Project, the framework of transportation fuel forecasting models. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Bob McBride. (5 minutes)
  8. Minutes

    Approval of the April 23, 2008, 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.


  16. ORANGE GROVE PROJECT (07-SPPE-2). Possible adoption of the Committee Order Terminating Proceeding on the Orange Grove Small Power Plant Exemption. Contact: Felicia Miller. (5 minutes)

News media inquiries should be directed to:
Media and Public Communications- 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 want 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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