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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2009


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

Note: this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
See broadcast information.

At the June 17, 2009, Business Meeting, the Energy Commission gave direction to carry forward specific items that were not taken up at the June 17 meeting.


  1. STAFF TECH, INC. Possible approval of Purchase Order Number 08-409.00-0018 for $150,000 with Staff Tech, Inc., to create a feasibility study for the Energy Commission that provides the best approach and solution for implementing the Planning Alternative Corridors for Transmission (PACT) model with the Energy Commission as a host and compatible with Energy Commission's technology standards. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  2. CAMBRIA SOLUTIONS. Possible approval of Purchase Order 08-409.00-015 for $333,813 with Cambria Solutions to assist staff in developing a performance metric and expenditure tracking and reporting system for funding awards under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and develop an early warning system to detect fraud and misuse of federal ARRA funds. The project will help ensure transparency and accountability by designing a system to properly track project performance metrics and develop fraud detection and risk measurement techniques to guide project selection and monitor performance. The tracking and early detection systems are needed to comply with federal U.S. Department of Energy and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) laws, regulations and guidelines. (ERPA/ARRA funding.) Contact: Mark Hutchison. (5 minutes)
  3. ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP. Possible approval of Contract 700-08-001 for $18,636,000 for three years to provide specialized engineering and environmental assistance to Energy Commission staff for the Siting, Regulatory and Planning Program. The team will support Commission staff with reviewing energy facility license applications, energy facility compliance, transmission corridor designation and other planning and permitting related tasks to support California's critical renewable energy development goals. Technical support is essential to the Commission's ability to license new power plants through the California Environmental Quality Act and to designate corridors for future transmission line routes in a timely manner. Existing program staffing levels are based on the Energy Commission's historical average of six cases per year; however, currently there are over two dozen active cases or major compliance amendments under review, and developers are expected to file as many as 13 new projects in the next six months. (ERPA and other funding.) Contact: Terry O'Brien. (10 minutes)
  4. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-08-052 for $1,959,879 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop an improved software tool to track and verify building energy savings. The project will develop publicly available building system diagnostic tools, measurement and evaluation systems and fan system tools, and integrate those elements into an upgraded universal translator framework that can be used by commissioning agents, utility program energy analysts and others to track and verify energy savings. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton. (10 minutes)
  5. BENNINGFIELD GROUP. Possible approval of grant PIR 08 016 for $178,370 to Benningfield Group to obtain real-world data to measure the performance of PIER-developed, high performance package air conditioning systems compared to conventional package air conditioning systems in two identical school buildings. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Chris Scruton. (5 minutes)
  6. CONSOL CONSULTING. Possible approval of grant PIR-08-021 for $292,173 to ConSol Consulting to estimate, through simulation and input from builders and designers, the most cost-effective ways to meet zero net energy goals for new residential buildings in 16 California climate zones. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Norm Bourassa. (5 minutes)
  7. H. T. HARVEY AND ASSOCIATES. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-027 for $732,411 to H. T. Harvey and Associates for research to test techniques to assess nocturnal bird and bat activity at wind energy facilities. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Linda Spiegel. (5 minutes)
  8. CALIFORNIA WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION. Possible approval of Grant PIR 08-028 for $442,078 to California Wind Energy Association for research to improve the accuracy of methods for estimating the number of bird and bat fatalities at wind energy facilities. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Linda Spiegel. (5 minutes)
  9. EDM INTERNATIONAL, INC. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-026 for $165,516 to EDM International, Inc., to evaluate the effectiveness of an avian electrocution risk calculator and of distribution pole retrofitting methods used by utilities. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Linda Spiegel. (5 minutes)
  10. LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-031 for $2 million to Los Angeles Community College District for energy efficiency upgrades and curriculum development. Solar PV, solar thermal, lithium-ion batteries, hot water storage, T8 LED lighting retrofits and management and control technologies will be installed on campus to reduce energy consumption during peak demand. The project also will develop certification programs and course materials for energy technology education. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (10 minutes)
  11. SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-038 for $1 million to Sonoma County Water Agency to develop and demonstrate a model that integrates five mature renewable resources and conversion technologies with efficiency measures and demand response. The project is designed to prepare Sonoma County to implement a locally-owned, cost-effective renewable energy portfolio. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (10 minutes)
  12. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-037 for $200,000 to Southern California Edison for a study of high penetration of renewable energy on Santa Catalina Island. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
  13. LOCAL POWER, INC. Possible approval of grant PIR 08 032 for $198,167 to Local Power, Inc., to facilitate local renewable energy development in San Luis Obispo County. The project will identify barriers, assess supply and demand of local resources, construct a framework analysis and an energy supply model, and prepare alternative technology configurations. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
  14. REDWOOD COAST ENERGY AUTHORITY. Possible approval of grant PIR-08-034 for $199,988 to Redwood Coast Energy Authority to develop a strategic energy plan for Humboldt County. The goal is to meet 75- to 100 percent of local electricity demand and a significant fraction of heating and transportation energy needs by using an integrated mix of local renewable energy resources, energy efficiency and demand management. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
  15. SUMMERS CONSULTING, LLC. Possible approval of grant PIR-08-041 for $999,925 to Summers Consulting, LLC, to develop independent, scientific performance data related to dairy biogas power systems for renewable energy generation and environmental pollution control. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
  16. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of grant PIR 08 044 for $1 million to Gas Technology Institute to develop a heavy-duty natural gas engine using advanced technologies to improve performance and reduce emissions. Exhaust gas recirculation, three-way catalyst and spark ignition technology will be incorporated in a new heavy duty truck (Class 8) engine. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (10 minutes)
  17. COMMITTEE ASSIGMENT FOR AVENAL ENERGY PROJECT (08-AFC-01). Possible appointment of Chairman Karen Douglas as Associate Member of the siting committee for the Avenal Energy Center Project, replacing Commissioner Rosenfeld. Commissioner Byron is the Presiding Member. Contact: Gary Fay. (5 minutes)
  18. 2010 PEAK DEMAND FORECAST. Possible approval of a revised forecast of 2010 peak demand. This forecast would be used as the reference case for California Public Utilities Commission-jurisdictional forecasts used to establish 2010 Resource Adequacy requirements. Contact: Sylvia Bender. (5 minutes)

    Memo from Deputy Director Syvlia Bender to Executive Director Melissa Jones, dated 6/16/09. Re: Possible adoption of 2010 peak demand forecast for resource adequacy. (PDF file, 7 pages, 128 kb)

  19. Minutes: Approval of the June 17, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
  20. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion: A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  21. 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)].
  22. Executive Director's Report: Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  23. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  24. 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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