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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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.
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  1. ORANGE GROVE POWER PLANT PROJECT. (08 AFC-04). Commission consideration of an Appeal from the Orange Grove Power Plant Project Committee's denial of a Petition to Intervene filed by Petitioner DFI Funding, Inc. Contact: Jonathan Blees. (10 minutes)
  2. 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.
  3. BR LABORATORIES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-08-003 for $170,000 with BR Laboratories, Inc. to conduct testing to ensure that appliances sold or offered for sale in California comply with energy efficiency standards. The test results are used as the basis for enforcement action against non-complying manufacturers and sellers. Contact: Tovah Ealey. (5 minutes)
  4. ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP. Possible approval of Work Authorization 1910.002 for $86,081.76 under Contract 400-07-032 with Aspen Environmental Group to update the Cost of Generation (COG) model and compare the COG Model to other models. (ERPA funding.) Contact Joel Klein. (10 minutes)
  5. ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM. Possible approval of $340,000 for four proposals responding to Solicitation Cycle 07-01G of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Matt Coldwell. (5 minutes)
    1. 07-01-06G, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama: Reducing Natural Gas Consumption by Modifying Containers of Water Heaters, $95,000.
    2. 07-01-09G, Randal Perisho, Conway, Missouri: Low Cost Parabolic Trough, $55,000.
    3. 07-01-11G, University of Arkansas, Little Rock: Production of Syngas From Dairy Manure to Replace Natural Gas, $95,000.
    4. 07-01-51, Energetics, Inc., Orange, California: Algae Biomass Gasification, $94,560.
  6. ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM. Possible approval of $722,219 for eight proposals responding to Solicitation Cycle 07-03 of the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Matt Coldwell (10 minutes)
    1. 07-03-54, Miami University, Miami, Florida: Novel Heat Exchanger Fin Surface Design for Improved Condensate Management, $77,993.
    2. 07-03-12, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia: A New Approach to CO2 Capture, $88,972.
    3. 07-03-43, University of California, Davis: Tandem Organic Solar Cell Using CNT and Mixed Quantum Dots, $81,463.
    4. 07-03-51, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania: High G-load Combustor for Micro-turbines, $95,000.
    5. 07-03-20, Exergy Controls, LLC, Signal Hill, California: Demand Response Load Shedding System For Lighting, $94,895.
    6. 07-03-42, Hydrogen Solutions International, Inc., Winchester, Virginia: Rice Straw as a Renewable Hydrogen Source Proof of Concept, $95,000.
    7. 07-03-02, Energy Concepts CO., LLC, Annapolis, Maryland: Charge Air Chiller, $95,000.
    8. 07-03-01, BioEnergy Solutions, LLC, Bakersfield, California: Low-Cost Hydrogen Sulfide Reduction in Biogas Energy Systems, $93,896.
  7. CALRES 2008 Possible approval of CALRES 2008 as the public domain computer program for demonstrating compliance for newly constructed buildings with the 2008 Low-Rise Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Robert Hudler. (10 minutes)
  8. EXISTING RENEWABLE FACILITIES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK. Possible adoption of the Committee Draft Existing Renewable Facilities Program Guidebook. The Guidebook describes the Energy Commission's process for awarding production incentives to existing in-state renewable energy generating facilities. Contact: Jason Orta. (15 minutes)

    Link to draft report.
  9. This item has been postponed to the February 11, 2009, Business Meeting
    EMERGING RENEWABLES PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK. Possible adoption of revisions to the Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook. The Guidebook addresses the requirements for receiving incentives to install eligible fuel cell systems and small wind generating systems that receive electricity from specified investor-owned utilities. Contact: James Lee. (10 minutes)

    Link to draft report.
  10. Minutes: Approval of the January 14, 2008, Business Meeting Minutes.
  11. 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)].
  12. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  15. 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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