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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, October 7, 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.

THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  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. GOLDEN STATE WATER COMPANY. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation that the contract between Golden State Water Company (dba Bear Valley Electric Service) and Sanitation District No. 2 of Los Angeles County's Palos Verdes Landfill be found compliant with the Emission Performance Standard for Local Publicly Owned Electric Utilities pursuant to SB 1368 (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 2900-2913). Contact: Marc Pryor.
  2. RIDGECREST SOLAR POWER PROJECT (09-AFC-09). Contact: Eric Solorio. (10 minutes)
     
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Ridgecrest Solar Power Project, a 250 megawatt solar facility using solar parabolic trough technology. The project would be located within a 3,290 acre right-of-way grant on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, approximately two miles southwest of the City of Ridgecrest in Kern County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Ridgecrest project.
  3. BLYTHE SOLAR POWER PROJECT (09-AFC-6). Contact: Alan Solomon. (10 minutes)
     
    1. a. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Blythe Solar Power Project, a nominal 1000 megawatt project using solar parabolic trough technology, to be located near the City of Blythe in Riverside County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Blythe project.
  4. PALEN SOLAR POWER PROJECT (09-AFC-7). Contact: Alan Solomon. (10 minutes)
     
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Palen Solar Power Project, a nominal 500 megawatt facility using solar parabolic trough technology, to be located near Palen Dry Lake in Riverside County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Palen project.
  5. GENESIS SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT (09-AFC-8). Contact: Mike Monasmith. (10 minutes)
     
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Genesis Solar Energy Project, a nominal 250 megawatt large solar electrical generating facility to be located 25 miles east of the city of Blythe in the Sonora Desert of Riverside County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Genesis project.
  6. UNITED INNOVATIONS, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-011 for $226,691 with United Innovations, Inc., for production of an operating photovoltaic sub-module for integration into a high-efficiency power conversion unit. This technology was funded at the proof-of-concept state by the Energy Commission's Energy Innovations Small Grant Program. The current project represents the next stage of development toward commercialization and includes over $900,000 in cost share provided by project partners. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (5 minutes)
  7. CAMBRIA SOLUTIONS. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-013 for $179,762 with Cambria Solutions to develop a comprehensive administrative policies and procedures manual for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program and provide training to PIER managers. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Thom Kelly. (5 minutes)
  8. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-004 for $992,903 with Gas Technology Institute to develop and test a cost-effective technology to produce transportation-quality liquefied natural gas (LNG) from landfill gas. LNG has potential as an alternative to diesel fuel with greenhouse gas reduction benefits. Critical components in this bio-waste to energy technology will be developed and demonstrated at the Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility in Livermore. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Philip Misemer. (5 minutes)
  9. REVISED ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of revised guidelines for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. Based on necessary program modifications, the revised guidelines are being proposed by the Energy Commission's Ad Hoc Committee on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). These guidelines describe the eligibility and procedural requirements for receiving EECBG Program funds under ARRA. Contact: John Sugar. (15 minutes)
  10. Minutes:
    1. Possible approval of the September 23, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Possible approval of the September 30, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
  11. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion: A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  12. 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)].
  13. Executive Director's Report: A Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  14. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  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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Please note that while the Energy Commission affords members of the public the opportunity to participate by telephone, the Commission strongly encourages public comments to be made in person because there are occasional technical problems with the Commission´s telephone link. The Commission will make every effort to avoid these problems; however, it is the responsibility of the person wishing to make a comment to ensure that such comment is received by the Commission. If you intend to make comments by phone, the Commission recommends that a written comment also be submitted either by facsimile or e-mail to the Public Adviser by 5 p.m. two days before the scheduled business meeting. Fax (916) 654-4493 or e-mail publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us.

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