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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, January 14, 2009

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. INDEPENDENT POOL AND SPA SERVICE ASSOCIATION (IPSSA) ENERGY CONFERENCE 2009. Possible approval of a no-cost co-sponsorship and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo for the IPSSA Energy Conference, February 5, 2009, in Long Beach. The conference will bring industry members together to present information about implementation of the newly adopted Appliance Efficiency Standards for pool pump motors. Contact: Kenneth Rider.
    2. PERFORM 2008. Possible approval of Perform 2008 as the public domain program for demonstrating compliance with the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for nonresidential buildings. Contact: Robert Hudler.
    3. BAY AREA CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. Possible approval of $4,950, staff time and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo to co-sponsor the Bay Area Center for International Trade Development Conference: Implementation of Renewable Energy in the Emerging Markets of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The event will focus on strategies for infrastructure development, carbon trading, renewable energy credits, financing utility-scale projects, current technologies and other opportunities for California/US companies to access the emerging markets through partnerships. Contact: John Sugar.
  2. CITY OF RIVERSIDE. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation that the City of Riverside's contract with Shoshone Renaissance Geothermal Project, Northern Utah, be found compliant with the Emission Performance Standard for local publicly-owned utilities under SB 1368 (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 2900-2913.) Contact: Marc Pryor. (5 minutes)
  3. SAN JOAQUIN SOLAR 1 & 2 POWER PROJECT (08-AFC-12). Contact: Joseph Douglas. (10 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the San Joaquin Solar 1 & 2 hybrid project. The project consists of two hybrid design solar thermal electric generating plants, comprising a solar field and biomass facility for each plant and will produce up to a nominal 106.8 megawatts (MW) net of renewable energy.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the San Joaquin project.
  4. CPV VACA STATION POWER PLANT (08-AFC-11). Contact: Rod Jones. (5 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the CPV Vaca Station Power Plant, a nominal 660-megawatt combined cycle facility located on land owned by the City of Vacaville at the intersection of Lewis and Fry roads within the city limits.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for CPV Vaca Station.
  5. STIRLING ENERGY SYSTEMS SOLAR ONE PROJECT (08-AFC-13). Contact: Christopher Meyer. (10 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Stirling Energy Systems Solar Three, LLC and Stirling Energy Systems Solar Six, LLC Application for Certification of the Stirling Energy Systems Solar One Project, a nominal 850-megawatt Stirling engine solar project proposed on 8,230 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in San Bernardino County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Solar One Project.
  6. ROBERT J. WATSON ENTERPRISES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 150-08-003 for $193,201 with Robert J. Watson Enterprises, Inc., dba Resolution, to provide facilitated opportunities for learning and developing communication skills, problem prevention and conflict resolution for Energy Commission staff. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Christina Edwards. (5 minutes)
  7. NEW POINT GROUP. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08-409.00-007 for $218,475 with New Point Group to develop a Feasibility Study Report for a fully integrated enterprise system that encompasses all of the programmatic and administrative processes for tracking Energy Commission projects. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  8. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-022 for $1,000,000 with the Curators of the University of Missouri, Columbia to develop an Advanced Adsorbed Natural Gas Tank for natural gas vehicle on-board and fueling station storage applications. The University of Missouri will refine its corn-cob activated carbon material and design low-pressure (500 psi), flat-panel tanks for use in natural gas vehicles and fueling stations. Successful implementation of the material advances and design innovations could reduce storage tank costs by up to 70 percent. The project includes $300,000 in cost share from the University of Missouri. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: McKinley Addy. (10 minutes)
  9. UC SANTA CRUZ. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-03, awarding $68,275 to the Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz to resurvey the historic valley oak woodland and initiate monitoring in new areas. The work will allow researchers to analyze changes over the past half-century in the context of climate change, to evaluate current bio-climatic models for this species and to make better predictions for future scenarios. (PIER funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  10. UC DAVIS. Possible approval of competitive Grant Agreement PIR-08-007, awarding $262,323 to the Regents of the University of California, Davis to use case studies of greenhouse gas emission opportunities in five California cities to increase knowledge of how local government can use their land use planning and other decision-making power to help California move toward a lower-carbon future. (PIER funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  11. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-024 for $1,213,787 with Portland State University to apply advanced analytic techniques to the best available data on residential energy use to improve assessment of changing residential energy consumption, and to develop next-generation models to support effective carbon-reduction policies and programs. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: David Michel. (10 minutes)
  12. ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION-RELATED DATA REQUESTS. Possible adoption of Forms and Instructions for Submitting Electric Transmission-related Data. This publication represents formal data requests to California's electric transmission system owners for data on the bulk transmission networks and on specific projects identified in their transmission expansion plans, as well as on anticipated transmission corridor needs. These data will be used to prepare analyses and recommendations for the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report and the 2009 Strategic Transmission Investment Plan. Contact: Mark Hesters. (10 minutes)
  13. NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING STANDARDS COMPLIANCE MANUAL. Possible approval of the Non-Residential Building Standards Compliance Manual. Contact: Maziar Shirakh. (10 minutes)
  14. MINUTES. Possible approval of the Minutes of the December 17, 2008, Business Meeting.
  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. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  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.

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