California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, August 13, 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.)
- U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of a time extension to March 31, 2010 and a change in recipient for PIER Grant PIR 04-004 from Livermore Site Office to Berkeley Site Office due to the transfer of the principal investigator from the Livermore site to the Berkeley Site. The project, Structure of Salton Sea Geothermal Field from Passive Seismic Measurements, is on budget and expected to finish within the extended time frame. There is no change in the Energy Commission share or match funding, and no change in the scope of work. Contact: Gail Wiggett.
- DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AWARD FOR THE WEST COAST REGIONAL CARBON SEQUESTRATION (WESTCARB) PARTNERSHIP, PHASE III. Possible acceptance of an award for $65.6 million over ten years from the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory for the WESTCARB partnership to conduct a large volume, commercial scale, carbon dioxide capture and geologic storage test near Bakersfield, California. Proposed co-funding is $5.27 million from the Energy Commission. (PIER funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (10 minutes)
- CITY OF LOS ALTOS. Possible approval of the City of Los Altos' locally adopted energy standards for residential and nonresidential new construction requiring greater energy efficiency than the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, effective August 25, 2008. Contact: Devorah Eden. (10 minutes)
- MALBURG GENERATING STATION PROJECT (01-AFC-25C). Possible approval of Bicent (California) Malburg, LLC's amendment petition to increase hourly, daily, and annual emission limits for carbon monoxide (CO) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) to reflect higher-than- expected emissions during cold startups of the combustion turbines. The level of increased emissions would not be significant and would require no additional mitigation measures. Contact: Steve Munro. (10 minutes)
- WILLOW PASS GENERATING STATION (08-AFC-6). Contact: Michelle Woods (10 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Mirant Willow Pass, LLC's Application for Certification of the Willow Pass Generating Station, a nominal 550-megawatt (MW) natural gas electric generating facility proposed on a 26-acre site in the City of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County, California.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for Willow Pass Generating Station.
- SES SOLAR TWO PROJECT (08-AFC-5). Contact: Christopher Meyer. (5 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Stirling Energy Systems Solar Two, LLC's Application for Certification for the SES Solar Two Project, a nominal 750-megawatt facility approximately 14 miles west of El Centro in Imperial County, California.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for the SES Solar Two project.
- EL SEGUNDO POWER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP. Possible approval a Petition transfer the Project's assets, ownership, and operational control from El Segundo Power II, LLC to El Segundo Energy Center, LLC. Contact: Kevin W. Bell (5 minutes)
- EAST ALTAMONT ENERGY CENTER (01-AFC-4C). Possible approval to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of the East Altamont Energy Center from August 19, 2008, to August 19, 2011. Contact: Donna Stone. (30 minutes)
- Approval of the July 30, 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 & Public Communications - 916-654-4989
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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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