California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, October 8, 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.)
- INDUSTRY GROWTH FORUM. Possible approval of $4,995 to co-sponsor the 21st National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum in Denver, Colorado, October 28-30, 2008. The event is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy, and provides an opportunity for clean technology developers to present their ideas to a panel of venture financiers to secure funds for the next stage of technology development and commercialization. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Rajesh Kapoor.
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE ENERGY OFFICIALS. Possible approval of Contract 400-08-001 for $19,395 with the National Association of State Energy Officials to continue the Energy Commission's membership and the registration fee for one upcoming regional meeting. Membership provides access to educational and technical assistance programs and information about new funding and partnership opportunities. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Virginia Lew.
- GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500-06-015 with Gas Technology Institute for a no-cost time extension of seven months to provide additional time to complete the technical transfer section of the final report. All technical work has been completed. Contact: Michael Lozano.
- ACTERRA CALIFORNIA CLEAN TECH OPEN. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-014 for $10,000 with Acterra to co-sponsor the California Clean Tech Open, November 6, 2008. The event is an independent effort by entrepreneurs, researchers, environmentalists, investors and others to create economic growth and environmental sustainability by supporting clean technology ventures in California. Other sponsors include the U. S. Department of Energy, California electric utilities and private companies. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Pramod Kulkarni.
- BEHAVIOR, ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE. Possible approval of $4,950 and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo to co-sponsor the 2008 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento, November 16-19, 2008. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Sylvia Bender.
- INTERNATIONAL EFFICIENCY PROGRAM EVALUATION CONFERENCE. Possible approval of $4,950 and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo to co-sponsor the International Efficiency Program Evaluation Conference in Portland, Oregon, August 12-14, 2009. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Sylvia Bender.
- WILLOW PASS GENERATING STATION (08-AFC-6). Contact: Ivor Benci-Woodward. (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 the Willow Pass Generating Station.
- PALMDALE HYBRID POWER PROJECT (08-AFC-9). Contact: John Kessler. (10 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for City of Palmdale's Application for Certification of the Palmdale Hybrid Power Project. The proposed project is a combined-cycle generating facility integrating 250 acres of parabolic trough solar collectors that would contribute up to 50 megawatts (MW) of the total nominal generating capacity of 617 MW, in Los Angeles County, California.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Palmdale Hybrid Power Project.
- STIRLING ENERGY SYSTEMS SOLAR TWO PROJECT (08-AFC-5). Contact: Christopher Meyer. (10 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Stirling Energy Systems Solar Two, LLC's Application for Certification of Stirling Energy Systems Solar Two, a nominal 750-megawatt (MW) Stirling engine solar project proposed on a 6,500-acre site (approximately 6,140 acres of Bureau of Land Management land and approximately 360 acres of privately-owned land) in Imperial County, California.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for Stirling Energy Systems Solar Two.
- CHEVRON RICHMOND POWER PLANT REPLACEMENT PROJECT (07-SPPE-1). Possible adoption of the Committee Order Terminating Proceedings for the Chevron Richmond Power Plant Replacement Project. On September 10, 2008, Chevron Richmond filed a notice withdrawing the Application for a Small Power Plant Exemption for the project. Contact: Raoul Renaud. (5 minutes)
- ENERGY COMMISSION COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS. Possible approval of revised appointments to the Energy Commission's Standing Committees and Siting Committees. Contact: Tim Tutt. (5 minutes)
- COUNTY OF ALAMEDA. Possible approval to augment the County of Alameda's existing $1.89 million loan by $362,000 to install lighting upgrades at the Santa Rita Jail. The total loan amount is $2,252,000. The combined projects are estimated to save the county approximately 3.4 million kWh and $421,137 annually, resulting in a simple payback of 5.3 years based on the loan amount. (ECAA and/or bond funding.) Contact: Jim Holland. (5 minutes)
- WESTERN GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract RMB150-07-005 with Western Governors' Association (WGA) to receive up to $30,000 from WGA to continue state preparation for federal nuclear waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. Contact: Barbara Byron. (5 minutes)
- CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 150-07-006 for $29,500 with the California Highway Patrol to reimburse for travel expenses and training to continue state preparation for federal nuclear waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in New Mexico. (WGA reimbursement funding.) Contact: Barbara Byron. (5 minutes)
- EASTSHORE ENERGY CENTER (06-AFC-6). Possible adoption of the Eastshore Energy Center, Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, dated August 29, 2008. Contact: Susan Gefter. (30 minutes)
- ORDER INSTITUTING INVESTIGATION. Possible Adoption of an Order Instituting Investigation on Methods for Satisfaction of California Environmental Quality Act Requirements Relating to Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts of Power Plants, Docket 08 GHG-01, Contact: Dick Ratliff. (20 Minutes)
Approval of the September 24, 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
A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
- Legislative Director's Report
- Public Adviser's Report
- Public Comment
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