California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, July 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/
Please note: If you are planning to attend this meeting, please be aware that drivers can expect traffic congestion and delays due to repair work on Interstate 5 in the downtown Sacramento area. Information on road closures and alternate routes is available at http://www.fixi5.com, or you can call 511 to get information in English and Spanish.
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.)
- ICF RESOURCES, LLC. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500 06 011 with ICF Resources, LLC for a one-year time extension to provide technical, administrative, and project management support for the Public Interest Energy Research Program, Geothermal Resources Development Account Program, and other energy-related research and development activities. Contact: Jesselyn Rosales.
- SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (SAIC). Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500-06-013 with SAIC for a one-year time extension to provide technical, administrative, and project management support for the Public Interest Energy Research Program, Geothermal Resources Development Account Program, and other energy-related research and development activities. Contact: Jesselyn Rosales.
- NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500-06-012 with Navigant Consulting, Inc. for a one-year time extension to provide technical, administrative, and project management support for the Public Interest Energy Research Program, Geothermal Resources Development Account Program, and other energy-related research and development activities. Contact: Jesselyn Rosales.
- KEMA, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500-06-014 with KEMA, Inc., for a one-year time extension to provide technical, administrative, and project management support for the Public Interest Energy Research Program, Geothermal Resources Development Account Program, and other energy-related research and development activities. Contact: Jesselyn Rosales.
- INTERNATIONAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE SIMULATION ASSOCIATION-USA. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-003 for $15,000 with International Building Performance Simulation Association-USA (IBPSA) to co-sponsor the SimBuild 2008 conference in Berkeley July 30-August 1. The IBPSA is a non-profit international society of building performance researchers, developers and practitioners dedicated to improving the build environment. (PIER funding.) Contact: Norm Bourassa.
- LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-001 for $10,000 with U. S. Department of Energy-Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to co-sponsor the International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands to be held in California in September 2009. The conference will provide a forum for representatives of local, state and regional governments, California utilities and non-governmental organizations to discuss heat island research and mitigation. Participation in the conference will provide an opportunity to highlight and discuss the Energy Commission's heat island research with worldwide experts. (PIER funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton.
- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC POWER AUTHORITY. Compliance determination regarding the Emission Performance Standard for a Northern California Power Authority (NCPA) contract with Western GeoPower. The Commission is asked to rule on the compliance contract between NCPA and Western GeoPower for delivery of as-available energy from a geothermal facility at the Geysers with the Emission Performance Standard for Publicly Owned Utilities. Contact: David Vidaver. (5 minutes)
- ANDES CONSULTING, LLC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08-409.00-001 for $250,000 with Andes Consulting, LLC for programming services and database development for the Energy Commission's essential information technology systems. (ERPA funding.) Contact: George Gaborek. (5 minutes)
- ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM. Possible approval of $860,822 for ten proposals from Solicitation Cycle 07-02 of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER funding.) Contact: Dave Michel. (5 minutes)
- 07-02-07. New Mexico State University: Fault location in Power Distribution System with Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources. $50,000
- 07-02-26. Michael Lambert, Ph.D., San Diego, California: Solar and Gas Powered Adsorption (Solid-Vapor) Heat Pump. $95,000
- 07-02-13. University of California, Berkeley: Novel Adaptation of 3-Way Catalyst for NOx Reduction in Exhaust of Landfill Gas Engines. $92,500
- 07-02-29. California Polytechnic State University: Biogas Generation from Algae Biomass Harvested at Wastewater Treatment Facilities. $86,000
- 07-02-49. University of California, Davis: Wind Turbine Load Limiting Algorithm Verification Testing. $94,859
- 07-02-10. CHA Corporation. Microwave-Induced Destruction of NOx and H2S in Dairy Digester Reciprocating Engines. $95,000
- 07-02-48. Prof. Michael Cohen, Rohnert Park, California. Aquatic Biomass to Fuel. $74,253.
- 07-02-44. University of Houston: A Reliable Low Cost Power Electronics Interface for Renewable Energy Systems Using A Single DSP Controller. $83,210
- 07-02-21. Evan Hughes, Menlo Park, California: Pomace and Woody Biomass for Renewable Biomass Power: Technical and Economic Feasibility. $95,000
- 07-02-05. EnStorage, Doar-Na-Shikmim, Israel: Energy Storage for Grid and Renewable Sources. $95,000.
- Approval of the May 21, 2008, Business Meeting Minutes.
- Approval of the June 18, 2008 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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Media and Public Communications - 916-654-4989
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