California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, August 27, 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.)
- COLLABORATIVE FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS. Possible approval of $4,999 to co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Greentools for Healthy Schools Conference September 11-12, 2008 in Sacramento, CA. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Elizabeth Shirakh.
- YOUTH ENERGY SUMMIT. Possible approval of co-sponsorship, staff time and use of the Energy Commission's name for the inaugural Youth Energy Summit, January 23-24, 2009, at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) headquarters. The event is co-sponsored by SMUD, Lodi Electric, and Roseville Electric Utility. Contact: Chris Graillat
- GWF TRACY COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT (08-AFC-7). Contact: Christopher Meyer. (10 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for GWF Energy, LLC's Application for Certification of the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant Project. The existing 169-megawatt (MW) peaking power facility will be converted into a combined-cycle power plant with a new nominal generating capacity of 314 MW), in San Joaquin County, California.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant Project.
- SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 160-06-002 for a 9.5-month time extension; budget revision to correct hours and dollars allocated to each staff category; a revision to the scope of work to add more detail and definitions; and, a revision to the terms of the contract to allow the Contractor to engage the services of subcontractors. Contact: Joanne Vinton. (5 minutes)
- SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT. Possible approval of a $366,081 loan to the Santa Maria-Bonita School District to install several energy efficiency projects, including lighting, equipment controls and refrigeration improvements. These projects will affect several school district facilities and will annually save the district approximately 818,466 kWh or about $120,237. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback is approximately 3 years. (ECAA and/or bond funded). Contact Jim Holland. (5 minutes)
- ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY RESEARCH CONFERENCE. Possible approval of up to $30,000 allocated under Work Authorization MR-026, Contract 500-02-004, for the Energy Commission's Energy and Air Quality Research Conference, October 29 and 30, 2008 at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Co-sponsors are the California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and South Coast Air Quality Management District. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (5 minutes)
- UC ENERGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-006 for $2,394,375 with the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President to fund the Center for the Study of Energy Markets (CSEM) at the UC Energy Institute. CSEM will conduct research in market design and operation for 42 months, beginning October 1, 2008. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (10 minutes)
- UC DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-005 for $300,000 with the Regents of the University of California, Davis to expand and enhance CALVIN, a water resources management tool. The project will include a module to track the energy implications of measures the state may implement in the water sector to cope with climate change. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
- UC SANTA BARBARA, BREN SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & MANAGEMENT. Possible approval of Work Authorization MRA-02-078 for $397,000 under Contract 500-02-004 with The Regents of the University of California - Office of the President/CIEE. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will provide a statewide overview of potential effects on California's wildlife species and water use due to changes in crops and farming practices to generate renewable biofuel feedstocks. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Joe O'Hagan. (5 minutes)
a. Approval of the May 21, 2008, Business Meeting minutes.
b. Possible approval of the August 13, 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.
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