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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008

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

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:

  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. ENERGY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS. Possible approval of a no-cost co-sponsorship and use of the Energy Commission’s name and logo for the Energy Management Workshop for Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, December 16, 2008, in Sacramento. The workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, will focus on reducing energy use and increasing savings at water and wastewater treatment facilities. Contact: Shahid Chaudhry.
    2. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Work Authorization MR-045 under Master Research Agreement 500-02-004 with the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President, CIEE for a no-cost time extension of 15 months to complete Task 2 of the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, Phase II project. The time extension is needed because the original industry partner for the pilot storage well in northern California was unable to fulfill its role due to business difficulties. A replacement partner has been found and has agreed to complete Task 2, but the change caused considerable delay. Contact: Linda Spiegel.
    3. WESTERN UNITED RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. Possible approval of Amendment 4 to Agreement 400-01-001 with Western United Resource Development, Inc., for a no-cost time extension of 60 months. This extension will enable the contractor to continue monitoring and administering incentive and buy down biogas projects awarded under the Dairy Power Production Program. Contact: Valentino Tiangco.
  2. CALSTART. Possible approval of Contract 600-08-003 for $50,000 with CALSTART to co-sponsor the Target 2030: Meeting the California Transportation Energy and Climate Challenges Conference January 14-15, 2009, in Sacramento. The conference will highlight the Energy Commission’s work on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118) and the regulations adopted by the Air Resources Board as part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). (ERPA funding.) Contact: Mike Trujillo. (10 minutes)
  3. ICF CONSULTING, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 600-08-004 for $98,347 with ICF Consulting, LLC to provide vehicle technology data for CALCARS forecasts of transportation energy demand. The contractor will collect data on an expanded range of alternative fuel and higher efficiency vehicles, reflecting the impacts of climate change legislation and higher fuel prices. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Laura Lawson. (5 minutes)
  4. UC DAVIS. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-004, awarding $499,960 to the Regents of the University of California, Davis to conduct field data collection and analysis of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from the application of fertilizers in agricultural soils to improve N2O emissions estimates. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  5. UC IRVINE. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-005, awarding $199,737 to the University of California, Irvine to conduct a case study to estimate the water usage and reduce future water demand from urban landscaping. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  6. UC DAVIS. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-006, awarding $199,997 to the University of California, Davis to provide an assessment of greenhouse gas emissions associated with deforestation caused by urban development, and assess economic and policy implications of future development. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  7. UC SANTA BARBARA. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-020 for $300,000 with the Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara to use the BioMove model, created under a previous PIER contract, to refine and enhance projections of changes in the geographical distribution of vegetative species due to climate change. Results will provide terrestrial inputs for advanced climate models that will inform planners on future energy demand and water supplies for electricity generation. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  8. 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 (CPUC) the ability to authorize the use of renewable energy credits (RECs) toward Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligations. Before authorizing tradable RECs, the Energy Commission and CPUC must agree that a tracking system is operational, 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)
  9. FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR PART A OF THE 2008 APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS. Possible certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Part A amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations under the California Environmental Quality Act. Part A includes new lighting efficiency standards for general purpose lighting and for portable lighting fixtures. Contact: William Staack. (15 minutes)
  10. NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR PART B OF THE 2008 APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS. Possible adoption of the proposed Negative Declaration, including a Finding of No Significant Impact under the California Environmental Quality Act, for the proposed Part B amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations. Part B includes revised standards for metal halide fixtures; a new voluntary test procedure for battery charger systems; clarification of the current regulations for residential pool pumps, including standards for replacement of pool pump motors; clarification of the current test method for portable electric spas; and updates and revisions to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations necessary for consistency with federal laws. Contact: Peter Strait. (10 minutes)
  11. 2008 APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS, PARTS A AND B. Possible adoption of proposed amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations in Title 20 of the California Code of Regulations. Part A includes lighting efficiency standards for general purpose lighting and portable lighting fixtures. Part B includes revised standards for metal halide fixtures; a new voluntary test procedure for battery charger systems; clarification of the current regulations for residential pool pumps, including standards for replacement of pool pump motors; clarification of the current test method for portable electric spas; and updates and revisions to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations necessary for consistency with federal laws. Contact: Melinda Merritt. (15 minutes)
  12. GUIDELINES FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC INCENTIVE PROGRAMS. Possible approval of Guidelines for California’s Solar Electric Incentive Programs (Senate Bill 1), Second Edition Committee Final Guidelines. Senate Bill 1 requires the Energy Commission to establish eligibility criteria, conditions for incentives and rating standards for electric ratepayer-funded solar energy incentive programs in California. Contact: Lynette Green. (10 minutes)
  13. Minutes
    Approval of the November 20, 2008, Business Meeting Minutes.
  14. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion

    A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  15. 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)].
  16. Executive Director's Report

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

News media inquiries should be directed to:
      Media and Public Communications - 916-654-4989

Questions about participation in the Business Meeting should be directed to:
Public Adviser's Office - 916-654-4489 or 800-822-6228.

Participating by Telephone at a Business Meeting
If you want to participate by telephone, call toll free 1-888-823-5065 on Business Meeting days after 10:01 a.m. (PDT). When asked, please answer "Business Meeting and Mr. Jerome Lee" and the operator will connect you into the meeting. Should you want to speak on a specific item, please inform the operator and provide the item number.

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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