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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting


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. GLOBAL GREEN USA. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500 04 023 with Global Green USA for a no-cost time extension of 11 months for the Affordable Multi-family Zero Energy New Home (ZENH) project. The project was delayed because of the withdrawal and replacement of one key partner. Contact: Elaine Hebert.
    2. AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION RESEARCH FOUNDATION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-03-025 for a one-year, no-cost time extension to complete energy efficiency projects for water and wastewater utilities. Contact: Paul Roggensack.
  2. LIPPMAN CONSULTING, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08-445.03-008 for $39,000 to Lippman Consulting, Inc. for a one-year subscription to web-based natural gas databases and models. The Lippman database is unique, and includes natural gas pipeline and field production data not available elsewhere. Staff will use this information to develop inputs for the Energy Commission’s natural gas model and make assessments of natural gas supply. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Ruben Tavares. (5 minutes)
  3. NETWORK DESIGN ASSOCIATES, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08 409.00-005 for $100,000 with Network Design Associates, Inc. for project specific and desktop productivity application training and support, and Macintosh service support. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  4. ENTERPRISE NETWORKING SOLUTIONS, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08 409.00-006 for $250,000 with Enterprise Networking Solutions, Inc. to provide technical support and systems integration for the Energy Commission’s information technology infrastructure. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  5. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Work Agreement MRA-02-079 for $250,000 under Master Research Agreement 500-02-004 with the Regents of the University of California to update and improve the California Energy Balance (CALEB) database. The CALEB database provides reliable and concise energy statistics for energy policy analysis and forecasting. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  6. DESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-010, awarding $399,990 to Desert Research Institute to advance knowledge of appropriate methods for long-term monitoring of groundwater resources and recharge in the mountains of California. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  7. UC DAVIS. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-006, awarding $199,997 to the University of California, Davis to determine the historical changes in landscape vegetation in the Sierra Nevada, and prepare the State of California for effective monitoring of California’s forested regions under climate change. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  8. WINROCK INTERNATIONAL. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR 08 008, awarding $299,424 to Winrock International to provide a full assessment of deforestation caused by urban development and the associated greenhouse gas emissions since 2000. The project will also link analyses on the economic and policy implications of current and future deforestation for development. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  9. UC BERKELEY. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-001, awarding $199,999 to the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley to produce data on the history of bird occupancy in the coastal counties of California by resurveying sites in the historical Grinnell Survey. The information will be used to create a model to predict changes in species’ ranges due to climate change. Results will be used in future integrated climate models that will include both terrestrial and atmospheric inputs to predict changes in climate. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  10. UC BERKELEY. Possible approval of PIER Work Authorization MRA-02-080 for $124,747, under the UC Master Research Agreement 500-02-004 with the Regents of the University of California – Office of the President/CIEE to build and test models designed to estimate changes in the distribution of small mammals in the Sierra Nevada using the historical Grinnell Survey database. Results will be used in future integrated climate models that will include both terrestrial and atmospheric inputs to predict changes in climate. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  11. ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. Possible approval of Amendment1, adding $1,225,602 to Contract 500-06-052 with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to continue participation in collaborative research projects. Participation allows Energy Commission staff ready access to current research, information and expertise regarding current and future energy research projects. Research projects added by this amendment include: Efficient Transmission and Distribution Systems for a Low-Carbon Future, Intelligrid, Energy Storage, Power Quality for Improved Power Delivery Performance, and Coal Fleet for Tomorrow – Future Generation Operations. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (5 minutes)
  12. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-023 for $479,650 with Gas Technology Institute to develop and demonstrate the Transport Membrane Condenser at a California industrial drying host site. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  13. RESIDENTIAL COMPLIANCE MANUAL FOR 2008 BULDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. Possible certification of the Residential Compliance Manual for the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Pursuant to Public Code sections 25402(a)(1) and25402.1(e), the Compliance Manual must be certified by the Energy Commission at least six months prior to the August 1, 2009, effective date for the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Mazi Shirakh. (10 minutes)
  14. HOME ENERGY RATING SYSTEM (HERS) REGULATIONS. Possible adoption of proposed amendments to the California HERS Program Guidelines and the HERS Technical Manual, which is proposed for adoption by reference in the regulations. These documents are published collectively as 15-Day Language Express Terms dated December 1, 2008. Contact: Helen Lam. (15 minutes)
  15. DEMAND FORECAST AND RESOURCE PLAN DATA REQUEST. Possible adoption of forms and instructions for the Demand Forecast and Resource Plan Data Request in support of the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Contact: Andrea Gough. (10 minutes)
  16. 2008 RULEMAKING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF WASTE HEAT AND CARBON EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACT. Possible adoption of proposed order to institute a rulemaking proceeding to implement the Energy Commission's obligations under the Waste Heat and Carbon Emissions Reduction Act (Assembly Bill 1613, Blakeslee, Chapter 713, statutes of 2007). Public Utilities Code section 2843 directs the Energy Commission to adopt by January 1, 2010 guidelines establishing technical criteria for eligibility of new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems of not more than 20 megawatts for programs to be developed under the Act by the Public Utilities Commission, to incent the development of CHP in California. The proposed order delegates oversight authority over this proceeding to the Electricity and Natural Gas Committee. Contact: Galen Lemei. (5 minutes)
  17. MINUTES. Approval of the December 3, 2008, Business Meeting Minutes.
  18. COMMISSION COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSION. A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  19. 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)].
  20. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  23. 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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