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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, October 21, 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.


  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. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. Possible approval of a 12-month no-cost time extension for Work Authorization MR-048 under the UC Master Research Agreement with the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley. Additional time is needed to complete improvements to the Water-Energy Sustainability Tool (WEST), a decision support tool for local cities, counties and districts to quantify the life cycle costs, including energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, of constructing and operating water supply and wastewater systems. Contact: Joe O'Hagan.
    2. COMMERCE PRINTING SERVICES. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-007 for $25,470 with Commerce Printing Services to print 2,500 copies of the 2008 Residential Compliance Manual for the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Copies will be distributed to county and municipal building standards officials and made available to the public. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S 09 09. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Beverly Duffy.
  2. 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 Bernardino County.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Abengoa Mojave project.
  3. 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 MW 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.
  4. SOUTHEAST REGIONAL ENERGY CENTER (06-AFC-6). Possible adoption of the Committee Order Terminating Proceedings for the Southeast Regional Energy Center (formerly City of Vernon) Project. On September 29, 2009, applicant City of Vernon filed a notice withdrawing the Application for Certification for the project. Contact: Raoul Renaud. (5 minutes)
  5. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE ENERGY OFFICIALS. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-06 for $59,670 with National Association of State Energy Officials for renewal of the Energy Commission's membership at $19,890 per year for three years. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Valerie Hall. (5 minutes)
  6. US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-012 for $449,684 with the US Geological Survey to determine greenhouse gas emissions released from soil due to intentional flooding of cornfields in the Sacramento Delta. This project will determine the effectiveness of farm-scale carbon sequestration projects. Modeling emissions will enable comparison of the experimental plots to nearby lands and support projections of regional conditions if larger-scale carbon farming is adopted. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  7. Minutes. Approval of the October 7, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
  8. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion: A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  9. 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)].
  10. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  13. 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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Participating by Telephone at a Business Meeting
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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.

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