California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2009
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Note: this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
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THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- 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.)
- ENERGY PRO 5: NONRESIDENTIAL. Possible approval of Energy Pro 5 as a privately developed computer program for demonstrating compliance with the 2008 Nonresidential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. EnergyPro 5 updates EnergyPro 4.4, which the Energy Commission approved for showing compliance with the 2005 Nonresidential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Bill Pennington.
- GREEN TECH CONNECT FORUM. Possible approval of use of the Energy Commission's name and logo for no-cost co-sponsorship of the Green Tech Connect Forum being held August 3-4, 2009, in Pasadena. Contact: Mike Smith.
- WATSON COGENERATION STEAM AND ELECTRIC RELIABILITY PROJECT (09-AFC-01). Contact: Eric Knight. (10 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project, a nominal 85 megawatt proposed expansion of a steam and electrical generating (cogeneration) facility located in the City of Carson, Los Angeles County.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project.
- MARIPOSA ENERGY PROJECT (09-AFC-03). Contact: Eric Knight. (10 minutes)
- Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Mariposa Energy Project, a nominal 200 megawatt simple-cycle generating facility to be located in northeastern Alameda County.
- Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Mariposa Energy Project.
- STARWOOD POWER PROJECT (06-AFC-10C). Possible approval of Starwood Power-Midway LLC's amendment petition to change one of the two monitoring sites and the duration of the Noise Survey required by Condition of Certification NOISE-4. Contact: Chris Davis. (10 minutes)
- AVENAL ENERGY PROJECT (08-AFC-1). Consideration of Intervenor Rob Simpson's appeal of the Avenal Siting Committee's denial of his request to stay the proceeding. Contact: Dick Ratliff. (15 minutes)
- CITY OF LOS ANGELES. Possible approval of a $3 million loan to the City of Los Angeles to convert a portion of the city's residential street light fixtures from incandescent lamps to induction lamps. This project is estimated to save the city approximately 3 million kWh, or $300,000 annually in reduced energy cost with a simple payback of approximately 10 years based on the loan amount. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Mike Smith. (5 minutes)
- CITY OF CARLSBAD. Possible approval of a $1,543,000 loan to the City of Carlsbad to convert the city's residential and commercial street light fixtures from High Pressure Sodium lamps to induction lamps. This project is estimated to save the city approximately 3 million kWh, or $300,000 annually in reduced energy cost with a simple payback of less than 5 years based on the loan amount. The City of Carlsbad will use this loan request to match the City's Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant of $938,900. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Mike Smith. (5 minutes)
- NHTSA TIRE FUEL EFFICIENCY CONSUMER INFORMATION PROGRAM. Possible approval of delegation of authority to the Energy Commission's Transportation Committee to participate in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed rulemaking for the Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program. NHTSA is proposing a federal program similar to the Energy Commission's Fuel Efficient Tire Program under AB 844 (Chapter 645, Statutes of 2003). Staff recommends that the Energy Commission reserve the right to participate in the federal rulemaking and provide comments on the draft rules. Contact: Matt DalSanto. (10 minutes)
- LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-005 for $400,000 with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to prepare a report on how the state can develop parameters to accelerate the adoption of cost-effective geologic carbon sequestration. As required by AB 1925, the report will recommend strategies for long-term management of industrial carbon dioxide. This agreement received fiscal approval consistent with the Governor's Executive Order S 09 09. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Linda Spiegel. (5 minutes)
- U C RIVERSIDE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-008 for $994,524 with UC Riverside Center for Environmental Research and Technology to develop and demonstrate a new technology and process that will produce transportation fuel from waste biomass. This interagency agreement is consistent with the Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
- MAKEL ENGINEERING. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-042 for $300,000 to Makel Engineering to develop and demonstrate a market-ready generation system that produces low cost, high efficiency electricity from biogas. Makel Engineering will apply for $1.7 million in ARRA funding using this project as match share. This contract received fiscal approval consistent with the Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
- NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-047 for $793,576 to NASA Ames Research Center to advance and develop algae fuel technology. Ames Research Center will apply for $25 million in ARRA funding using this project as match share. This contract received fiscal approval consistent with the Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
- SOLAZYME, INC. Possible approval of Grant PIR-08-048 for $789,697 to Solazyme, Inc. for a pilot project aimed at creating commercially viable algae-based biofuel from cellulosic feed stock. Solazyme will apply for $25 million in ARRA funding using this project as match share. This contract received fiscal approval consistent with the Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
- Minutes: Approval of the July 15, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
- Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion: A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
- 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)].
- Executive Director's Report: A Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
- Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
- 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.
IN ADDITION TO THE AGENDA THAT WAS DISTRIBUTED JULY 16, 2009, THE COMMISSION WILL TAKE A VOTE TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEM. ONCE THE VOTE IS TAKEN THE COMMISSION WILL POSSIBLY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
- ICF INCORPORATED, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 600-09-002 for $721,388 with ICF Incorporated, LLC, to provide technical analysis support for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The work includes evaluation of four aspects of the alternative and renewable fuel industry: infrastructure and distribution development; investments; vehicle market assessments; and, existing sustainability certification programs. The Energy Commission will use these analyses to develop strategies to expand the growth of alternative and renewable fuel markets in California. This contract is consistent with the Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Mike Smith. (5 minutes)
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