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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, September 23, 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 using WebEx.
See broadcast information.


THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  1. ABENGOA MOJAVE SOLAR PROJECT (09-AFC-05). Contact: Eileen Allen. (10 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project. The proposed 250 MW solar project, using parabolic trough technology, would be located on approximately 1,765 acres of privately-owned land northwest of the Town of Hinkley in San Berndardino County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Abengoa Mojave project.
  2. CONTRA COSTA GENERATION STATION (09-AFC-04). Contact: Eileen Allen. (10 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Contra Costa Generating Station, a nominal 624 megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility located in the City of Oakley in eastern Contra Costa County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Contra Costa Generating Station project.
  3. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-010 for $900,000 with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop a graphical interface for the building energy simulation tool, EnergyPlus. The upgrade will allow EnergyPlus to be used more easily and effectively by building designers and other professionals. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Norm Bourassa. (5 minutes)
  4. DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES. Possible approval of Contract 600-09-005 for $25 million with Department of General Services for administration of the Energy Efficient State Property Revolving Loan Program. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Mark Hutchison. (10 minutes)
  5. WESTERN GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 150-07-005 with Western Governors Association, adding $103,649 to continue preparation for federal nuclear waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (Reimbursement funding.) Contact: Barbara Byron. (5 minutes)
  6. CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL. Possible approval of Amendment 3 adding $103,649 to Contract 150-07-006 with the California Highway Patrol to reimburse expenses to continue preparation for federal nuclear waste shipments to the Waste isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. Costs include escort and training, including Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance training, and shipment inspections. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (Reimbursement funding.) Contact: Barbara Byron. (5 minutes)
  7. ANDES CONSULTING. Possible approval of Purchase Order 09-409.00-014 for $225,000 to provide programming for application and database development and support for the Energy Commission's Program Development and Support office. This contract is for short-term projects and/or overflow from current projects where there is a need for additional resources and specific expertise. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  8. METAVISTA CONSULTING GROUP. Possible approval of Purchase Order 09 409.00 15 for $400,000 with MetaVista Consulting Group to provide technical programming maintenance support for the Program Information Management System (PIMS) and training for Energy Commission staff. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Larry Smith. (5 minutes)
  9. ANDES CONSULTING. Possible approval of Purchase Order 09-409-06 for $175,230 with Andes Consulting, LLC, to manage and coordinate the continued design, development, testing and pilot phases of the Dynamic Simulation Transportation Energy Model (DynaSim) project. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. Contact: Mike Smith. (5 minutes)
  10. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of ten grant applications, totaling $901,278, from PIER Energy Innovations Small Grant's Solicitation 08-02. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S 09 09. (PIER funding.) Contact Matt Coldwell.
    1. 08-02-78, Sunprint, Inc., Berkeley, CA, Printing Low Cost Solar Cells with Ultrasonic Ejection, $93,350. This project will develop an ultrasonic ejection process for printing thin film solar cells, which will further reduce its cost, making widespread use of photovoltaics more cost effective. The ultrasonic ejection process precisely prints a uniform film a few microns thick by focusing ultrasonic energy on the free surface of the PV ink.
    2. 08-02-10, ThermAvant Technologies, San Francisco, CA, Heat-Activated Ejector Cooling System, $95,000. This project will determine the feasibility of a highly efficient jet ejector cooler for buildings using low-grade thermal energy as its power source. This heat activated ejector cooling system will use the heat transfer from two environmentally-friendly working fluids to produce the low-grade thermal energy.
    3. 08-02-58, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, Developing Ultrahigh-Efficiency Thermal-to-Electric Energy Conversion Technique, $95,000. This project proposes to prove the feasibility of converting heat to electricity based on the capacitive effect, in other words, using two nanoporous electrodes placed at different temperatures that will adsorb different amounts of ions from an electrolyte solution creating a net output voltage.
    4. 08-02-83, Pacific Consolidated Industries, LLC., Riverside, CA, Renewable Energy through Purification of Low-BTU Landfill Gas, $95,000. This project will research a gas separation process that increases the methane concentration in methane deficient landfill gas to a level acceptable to an internal combustion engine or microturbine.
    5. 08-02-13, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, Nitric Oxide Reduction using Oxy-Combustion in Stationary Power Engines, $95,000. This project will determine the feasibility of reducing NOx emissions in a natural gas powered engine using oxygen enrichment techniques with nitrogen levels reduced to 4.5 percent in the reactants. This process will be coupled with re-circulating the exhaust gas to maintain the appropriate combustion temperature that would otherwise increase due to reducing the nitrogen content.
    6. 08-02-82, University of San Diego, La Jolla, CA, Novel Energy Saving Light Bulb, $94,909. This project will test an innovative design to light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs that operates at a lower temperature, maintains a superior level of efficiency, and has improved light emitting qualities compared to current LED technology.
    7. 08-02-71, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Innovative Biogas Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Technology, $95,000. This project proposes to remove hydrogen sulfide in a more cost effective way, using an innovative approach that will integrate a small sulfide-oxidizing unit into an existing anaerobic digester. The resulting biogas will be free from hydrogen sulfide, which causes significant problems in biogas utilization, and increases operation and maintenance costs in a biogas engine.
    8. 08-03-34, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, Improving High Solids Biomass Conversion Efficiency Using Spray Dried Enzymes, $93,019. This project proposes to experiment with a novel approach to convert lignocellulosic residues (agricultural waste, animal waste, municipal waste) to a form of renewable energy. The approach may be beneficial because it will reduce the cost of producing biomass, and reduce the use of water and generation of wastewater in the process.
    9. 08-02-29, Nanotron, Fallbrook, CA, Nanowire Thermoelectrics for Industrial Waste Heat Recovery, $95,000. This project proposes a low-cost, high volume manufacturing process for nanowire-based thermoelectric materials (solids that produce an electric current as heat passes through) using existing fiber optic manufacturing technologies.
    10. 08-02-11, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, Transient Operation and Control of Fuel Cell Temperature Variations, $50,000. This project seeks to develop control systems and strategies to maintain cell temperature profiles during transient periods and disturbances. This will minimize thermal stresses in the fuel cell and avoid cell degradation.
  11. TESLA POWER PLANT (01-AFC-21C). Possible adoption of the Siting Committee's proposed decision on Pacific Gas & Electric Company's petition for a license extension for the Tesla Power Plant to June 16, 2014. Contact: Gary Fay. (1 hour)
  12. Minutes:
    1. Approval of the September 9, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Approval of the September 16, 2009, Special Business Meeting Minutes.
  13. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion: A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  14. 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)].
  15. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  16. LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT
  17. PUBLIC ADVISER'S REPORT
  18. 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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