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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, November 4, 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.
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  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, RIVERSIDE. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-08-055 with the Regents of the University of California, Riverside, to correct the fringe benefit overhead rates and redirect costs between tasks. There is no change in the total cost of the contract or the end date. (PIER electricity funding) Contact: Marla Mueller.
    2. INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERRED ADVANCED POWER GENERATION. Possible approval of a no-cost co-sponsorship and use of the Energy Commission's name to support the annual International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG) for three months. The conference is organized by the Advanced Power and Energy Program and the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. It will be held February 9-11, 2010, in Costa Mesa, California. The theme of ICEPAG 2010 is "Advanced Power Generation: 1 Megawatt to 1,000 Megawatts." Contact: Diana Mircheva.
    3. 2010 ENERGY COMMISSION BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULE. Possible approval of the 2010 Energy Commission Business Meeting Schedule. Contact: Harriet Kallemeyn.
  2. 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.
  3. KINGS RIVER CONSERVATION DISTRICT COMMUNITY POWER PROJECT (07 AFC-07). Possible adoption of a committee recommendation to terminate proceedings. On October 6, 2009, Applicant, Kings River Conservation District, filed a Notice pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1709.8, withdrawing the Application for Certification for the Community Power Plant Project. Contact: Ken Celli. (5 minutes)
  4. HIGH DESERT POWER PROJECT (97-AFC-1C). Possible approval of High Desert Power Project, LLC's petition to 1) eliminate the 2000 Decision's prohibition on use of recycled water for cooling; and 2) authorize construction of a pipeline to deliver recycled water for about one third of the power plant's cooling need. Contact: Jack Caswell. (10 minutes)
  5. CITY OF MONTEREY. Possible approval of a loan amendment to reduce the loan approved for the City of Monterey in October 2008 from $600,000 to $337,940. The city has determined that the original energy savings proposed would not be achieved and has requested eliminating one project and recalculating the loan. (ECAA program funds.) Contact: Mike Smith. (5 minutes)
  6. ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500 09 014 for $500,000 with Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., to develop a common California Smart Grid vision and roadmap(s). This project will identify electric and gas smart grid elements critical for achieving state policy targets through 2020 and develop a roadmap of possible alternatives that can achieve the 2020 vision. This agreement is consistent with Governor's Executive Order S-09-09. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Pedro Gomez. (5 minutes)
  7. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT-CIEE. Possible approval of two final projects under Work Authorization MR-026 under Contract 500-02-004. The Commissioners encumbered the funds for Work Authorization MR-026 for air quality research program in 2004. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (5 minutes)
    1. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE. Possible approval to use $600,000 allocated in Work Authorization MR-026 to assist California Air Resources Board by evaluating distributed generation (DG) testing methods, including current methods for measuring criteria pollutant concentrations, velocity, and flow rate to determine their ability to provide accurate data on a range of DG technologies.
    2. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE. Possible approval to use an additional $300,000 for an existing project under the current Work Authorization MR-026 with University of California, Irvine. This project is identifying the long-term air quality and energy impacts of widespread placement of DG/CHP in California urban areas. Time of day data regarding building load demands (electrical and thermal) are being measured in four California building sectors to establish accurately the efficiencies and emissions of various applications of DG/CHP systems, which will aid in optimal DG/CHP system design, placement and emissions. The additional funding allows for extending the testing to hospitals, health care facilities and hotels.
  8. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of eleven grant applications, totaling $1,038,797, from PIER Energy Innovations Small Grant's Solicitation 08-03. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Pedro Gomez. (10 minutes)
    1. 08-03-10, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, Fully Printed All Inorganic Nanoparticle-based Solar Cells, $95,000. This project will design and demonstrate a roof mountable, high efficiency solar cell using a print based manufacturing process to dramatically reduce costs compared to other solar cell technologies. The innovative manufacturing process allows for eliminating expensive steps in the conventionally used process, and uses simplified processes and potentially less expensive materials.
    2. 08-03-50, Applied Lighting Solutions, Sunnyvale, CA, High Efficiency LED Luminaries Using Low Cost Compact Cooling Technology, $95,000. This project will assess the potential of ionic cooling technology to dramatically increase the light output and energy efficiency of LED bulbs while simultaneously reducing their size by an order of magnitude. This innovative approach to LED bulb cooling may result in a higher success of LED bulb marketability.
    3. 08-03-53, Materials & Systems Research, Inc., Salt Lake City Utah, Development of Petcoke-fueld Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Power Generator, $94,931. This project will develop a cost-effective and highly-efficient power generation technology that converts the chemical energy of petcoke (a byproduct of the petroleum refinement process) into a clean energy source. The primary innovation is the process that partially oxidizes the petcoke to form a fuel mixture, followed by directly feeding the derived fuel into Solid Oxide Fuel Cell stacks to electrochemically generate electricity.
    4. 08-03-52, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, Direct Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, $95,000. This project will demonstrate a direct solid oxide fuel cell for clean and efficient generation of electricity from a broad spectrum of fuels. Direct solid oxide fuel cells can operate directly on a variety of fuels without the need of a separate reformer or fuel processor.
    5. 08-03-37, Aeigis Technology, Inc., Santa Ana, CA, High Efficiency, Compact Silicon Carbide Based Solar Inverter, $95,000. This project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of silicon carbide based solar inverters using commercially available silicon carbide devices. Current solar inverter technologies have limited potential in further increasing reliability and energy efficiency. Silicon carbide semiconductors have the potential for outstanding power conversion capabilities because they can operate at higher temperatures, higher power densities, and higher frequencies.
    6. 08-03-08, Broome & Associates, Woodside, CA, Verification Test Undershot Impulse – Jet Hydro-turbine $95,000. This project will test and verify the feasibility and efficiency of converting hydraulic energy into mechanical energy by using an undershot impulse-jet hydro turbine. The undershot impulse jet will be directed at the lowest blades of a commercial scale cylindrical turbine that spans the width of the irrigation canal.
    7. 08-03-14, Mark Convery, San Mateo, CA, Closed-loop Tracking for Solar Thermal Heliostats $89,000. This project will test a feedback system in a "Power Tower" type of solar thermal power plant that would detect light that is being reflected from the heliostats, but is missing central receiver. This feedback system would allow the system to correct itself by adjusting the appropriate mirrors to reflect the optimal amount of sunlight into the central receiver, thus increasing the efficiency of the system.
    8. 08-03-62, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Development of High-efficiency and Cost-effective Micro Wind Turbines, $94,868. This project will develop a new type of wind turbine using an innovative design. This innovative technology will significantly improve wind-to-electric conversion efficiency, reduce the equipment and operation costs of wind turbines, and make wind turbines operational at very low wind speeds.
    9. 08-03-27, Green Reactions, LLC. Carlsbad, CA, Ultra-efficient Mass Microalgae Culturing and Harvesting Device, $95,000. This project will fabricate and test the Osprey device, an ultra efficient mass microalgae culturing and harvesting device. This device combines several processes into a single device, which conserves significant amounts of energy, reducing the overall cost of microalgae culturing and harvesting.
    10. 08-03-32, Missouri S & T, Rolla, MO, Module-level Power Converters for Parrallel-connected Photovoltaic Arrays, $94,998. This project will establish the feasibility of a new power conversion approach that may significantly improve the average output power of a photovoltaic array. When one panel in an array is shaded or damaged, the total array power output decreases significantly. This project seeks to solve this issue by placing an integrated power converter on each panel to boost the voltage of the array.
    11. 08-03-34, Torrey Hills Technology, LLC., San Diego, CA, Low Cost Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, $95,000. This project will establish the feasibility of manufacturing a low cost dye sensitized solar cell by replacing current expensive ruthenium-based dye with new materials (natural pigments and synthetic organic dyes) that are less expensive.

    The comment period for the television energy efficiency standards closed on November 2, 2009.

    To fully consider the content of the 27 submissions received yesterday shortly before 5 p.m. on the California Energy Commission's proposed energy efficiency standards for televisions, we are re-scheduling the Negative Declaration for Energy Efficiency Standards for Televisions (agenda item 9) and Energy Efficiency Regulations for Televisions (agenda item 10) scheduled at the November 4, 2009, Energy Commission Business Meeting.

    Both items will be considered at the November 18 business meeting.

    NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR TELEVISIONS. Possible adoption of the proposed Negative Declaration, including a Finding of No Significant Impact under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), for the proposed energy efficiency standards for televisions. This adoption hearing comes after the end of the 30-day comment period necessary to comply with CEQA guidelines. Contact: Valerie Hall. (5 minutes)
  10. ENERGY EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS FOR TELEVISIONS. Possible adoption of proposed amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations in Title 20 of the California Code of Regulations relating to energy efficiency standards for televisions. This adoption hearing comes after the end of the 45-day comment period necessary to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act. Contact: Valerie Hall. (20 minutes)
  11. Minutes: Approval of the October 21, 2009, Business Meeting Minutes.
  12. Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion: A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  13. 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)].
  14. Executive Director's Report: A Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  15. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  16. 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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