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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

THURSDAY, November 20, 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. ARCHITECTURAL ENERGY CORPORATION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-04-016 with Architectural Energy Corporation for a no-cost time extension of eight months to complete the integration of building commissioning processes into the Department of General Services' building construction process. There are no changes to the budget or contract rates. Contact: Norm Bourassa.
    2. UC DAVIS. Possible approval of Amendment 12 to Contract 300-97-009 with the University of California, Davis for a no-cost time extension of one year for student interns to provide support for electricity, natural gas and petroleum forecasting, and demand and infrastructure analysis, and legal support for power plant licensing cases, contracts, loans, grants and Public Records Act requests. Contact: Kae Lewis.

  2. STARWOOD POWER-MIDWAY, LLC- STARWOOD POWER PROJECT (06 AFC 10C). Possible approval of an amendment petition to increase stack height, allow construction of a new well for a backup water supply, reposition buildings in the site plan, and add a second evaporation pond to retain storm water. Contact: Chris Davis (10 minutes).
  3. 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.

  4. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-021 for $274,067 with California Department of Conservation to extend previous West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration (WESTCARB) work on the potential for geologic sequestration in California's underground sedimentary basins. Earlier work found that some on-shore formations extend off-shore onto the continental shelf. This contract will complete the off-shore characterization, including formation depth, thickness, permeability, and porosity. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Linda Spiegel. (5 minutes)
  5. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-008 for $300,000 with Southern California Edison for Self-Audit of Wastewater Treatment Processes to Achieve Energy Optimization, Phase 1. The project will develop software tools to assess and improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Paul Roggensack. (5 minutes)
  6. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-019 for $505,000 with U. S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at two towers -in San Francisco (Sutro Tower) and just south of Sacramento (Walnut Grove Tower) -to assess the accuracy of existing emission estimates. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes).
  7. SB 107 JOINT COMMISSION REPORT. Possible adoption of the Joint Commission Staff Report on Tracking System Operational Determination. Senate Bill 107 (Chapter 464, 2006 Statutes) granted the California Public Utilities Commission the ability to authorize the use of renewable energy credits (RECs) toward Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligations. Before authorizing tradeable RECs, the two commissions must agree that a tracking system is operational, and is capable of independently verifying that all renewable energy used for RPS compliance is generated by an eligible facility and delivered to the retail seller, and can ensure that RECs are not double counted. The Joint Commission Report proposes criteria and evaluation methods that will be used to make these determinations and concludes that the tracking system meets these requirements. Contact: Angela Gould. (10 minutes)
  8. HOME ENERGY RATING SYSTEM. Informational item regarding proposed adoption of regulations regarding home energy ratings. The regulations will not be adopted at this hearing; rather, revised language ("15-day language") will be released for review and comment by the public in the days following this hearing. The 15-day language is scheduled for adoption on December 17, 2008. Interested persons may comment at either hearing, and written comments on the 15-day language may be filed at any time prior to the December 17 adoption. Oral comments will also be heard on that date. Contact: Helen Lam. (5 minutes)
  9. AB 1632 NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ASSESSMENT. Possible adoption of the Electricity and Natural Gas Committee's report, An Assessment of California's Nuclear Power Plants: AB 1632 Committee Report. Assembly Bill 1632 (Blakeslee, Chapter 722, Statutes of 2006) directs the Energy Commission to adopt this assessment in November 2008 and include it in the 2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Contact: Barbara Byron. (10 minutes)
  10. 2008 INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT UPDATE. Possible adoption of the 2008 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Contact: Suzanne Korosec. (30 minutes)

  11. Minutes

    Approval of the November 5, 2008, Business Meeting Minutes.
  12. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

    A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  13. 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)].
  14. Executive Director's Report

    Closed session may be held on personnel matters.
    [Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  15. Legislative Director's Report
  16. Public Adviser's Report
  17. 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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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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