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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, October 22, 2008

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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  1. 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.)

    1. E SOURCE COMPANIES LLC. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-016 for $17,900 with E Source Companies, LLC to continue the Energy Commission's membership in the E Source Technology Assessment Service for one year. Membership includes access to the E Source web site, participation in E Source web conferences, E Source publications and inquiry privileges. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Dustin Davis.
    2. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH. Possible approval of Contract 150-08-002 for $45,000 with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to provide writing and research services for planning and policy discussion documents regarding energy-related issues. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Elizabeth Stone. (5 minutes)
  2. LODI ENERGY CENTER 08-AFC-10. Contact: Rod Jones. (10 minutes)

    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for Northern California Power Agency's Application for Certification of the Lodi Energy Center, a nominal 255-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electrical generating facility to be constructed on land owned and incorporated by the City of Lodi, approximately 6 miles west of the Lodi city center.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Lodi Energy Center.
  3. GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT GRANT RECIPIENT CHANGE. Possible approval of a change from Potter Drilling, LLC to GroundSource Geothermal, Inc. as recipient of funding under the Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA). Under the 2007 GRDA Grant Solicitation, Potter Drilling, LLC was awarded $72,365 for a ground source heat pump market study. The company has since re-organized and formed two new companies, one of which, GroundSource Geothermal, Inc., will perform the grant work. The scope of work, personnel, and budget will not change. Contact: John Hingtgen. (5 minutes)
  4. BENICIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT. Possible approval of a $925,418 loan to the Benicia Unified School District to install several energy efficiency projects, including lighting, equipment controls, and heating, ventilation, & air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades/replacements. These projects will affect several school district facilities and save the district approximately 683,395 kWh and 2,366 therms or about $99,153 annually. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback is approximately 9.3 years. (ECAA and/or Bond Funded). Contact Jim Holland (5 minutes)
  5. CITY OF MONTEREY. Possible approval of a $600,000 loan to the City of Monterey to upgrade lighting and photovoltaic installation projects. These projects will affect four facilities and save the city approximately $60,000 annually. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback is 10 years. (ECAA and/or bond funded). Contact Joji Castillo (5 minutes)
  6. McGRAW-HILL CONSTRUCTION. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08 445.03-002 for $37,901 to McGraw-Hill Construction Company for floor space data to forecast residential and commercial energy demand for the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Sylvia Bender. (5 minutes)
  7. ABT SRBI. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 600-07-004 with Abt SRBI to add $196,516 and revise the scope of work. The project is a survey of California households and commercial fleets that purchase and operate light-duty vehicles (up to 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight). The amended scope of work will increase the sample size 20 percent to include cell phone only households. The survey data will be used to enhance and improve the Energy Commission's transportation forecast modeling capabilities. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Libbie Bessman. (5 minutes)
  8. PUBLIC SECTOR CONSULTANTS. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08-409.00-004 for $437,400 to Public Sector Consultants to provide technical project management and programming for the PIER Information Management System (PIMS). The contract is to maintain the system and to address new baseline requirements resulting from Energy Commission business changes. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  9. U. S. DEPARMENT OF ENERGY-PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-013 with U. S. Department of Energy-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for $228,337 to develop modeling capabilities for consistent analysis of California's energy system and the impacts of proposed supply and demand-side policies. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. 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 January 1, 2009. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (5 minutes)
  13. APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS A AND B. Possible adoption of proposed amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations A and B. The Notice of Proposed Action, dated August 29, 2008, stated that the full Commission would consider adopting proposed regulations (45 Day language) at this business meeting. Energy Commission staff is recommending that the 45-Day language dated August 29, 2008, not be adopted at this time and to release modified language through15-Day Language at a later date. Interested persons may make oral or written comments at this business meeting. Contact: Melinda Merritt. (10 minutes)
  14. RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT. Possible approval of the Renewable Energy Program 2008 Annual Report to the Legislature and its associated Appendix. The 2008 Annual Report is due to the Legislature by November 1, 2008, and reports on the results of the Renewable Energy Program's activities and status of funding for the period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. The 2008 Appendix contains detailed project descriptions, statistics, and financial data. Contact: Madeleine Meade. (10 minutes)
  15. Minutes

    Approval of the October 16, 2008 Special Business Meeting Minutes.
  16. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

    A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  17. 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)].
  18. Executive Director's Report

    Closed session may be held on personnel matters.
    [Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  19. Legislative Director's Report
  20. Public Adviser's Report
  21. 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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