California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, December 16, 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.)
- COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA. Possible approval of the County of Santa Clara's proposed Locally Adopted Energy Standards for residential newly constructed buildings and additions and alterations to existing buildings which are 500 square feet or greater. This local ordinance, which requires greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is proposed to become effective on January 1, 2010. Contact: Joe Loyer.
- CITY OF SAN JOSE. Possible approval of the City of San Jose's proposed Locally Adopted Energy Standards for residential and nonresidential newly constructed buildings. This local ordinance, which requires greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is proposed to become effective on January 1, 2010. Contact: Joe Loyer.
- SONOMA COUNTY. Possible approval of Sonoma County's Locally Adopted Energy Standards for newly constructed commercial and residential buildings and additions to existing commercial buildings, which are 5,000 square feet or greater, to require greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, effective January 1, 2010. Contact: Joe Loyer.
- CITY OF CHULA VISTA. Possible approval of the City of Chula Vista's proposed Locally Adopted Energy Standards for commercial and residential newly constructed buildings and additions and alterations to existing buildings. This local ordinance, which requires greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is proposed to become effective on January 1, 2010. Contact: Joe Loyer.
- CITY OF PALO ALTO. Possible approval of the City of Palo Alto's proposed Locally Adopted Energy Standards for residential and non-residential newly constructed buildings and additions and alterations to existing buildings. This local ordinance, which requires greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is proposed to become effective on January 1, 2010. Contact: Joe Loyer.
- CITY OF RICHMOND. Possible approval of the Richmond's proposed Locally Adopted Energy Standards for residential and nonresidential newly constructed buildings and additions and alterations to existing buildings. This local ordinance, which requires greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is proposed to become effective on January 1, 2010. Contact: Joe Loyer.
- SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation that Sacramento Municipal Utility District's 20-year contract with Buena Vista Biomass Power LLC's new, 16 MW biomass plant be found compliant with the emission performance standard for local publicly owned electric utilities under SB 1368 (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, sections 2900-2913). Contact: Marc Pryor.
- STANFIELD SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED. Possible approval of Amendment B to Contract 07-3360-56 with Stanfield Systems, Incorporated, for a two-year no-cost time extension, reallocation of funds between tasks, and combination of specific tasks and deliverables into a single release cycle. There is no change to project costs or services. The contract work is to design, develop, implement and test DynaSim, a new and updated modeling tool for the Fuels and Transportation Division. The new tool will be used to forecast transportation fuel demand and evaluate certain policy scenarios. Contact: Malachi Weng-Gutierrez.
- MICROPAS 8.0. Possible approval of MICROPAS 8.0 as a computer program for demonstrating compliance with the 2008 Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Robert Hudler.
- ENERGY PRO 5.0. Possible approval of Energy Pro 5.0 as a computer program for demonstrating compliance with the 2008 Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Robert Hudler.
- ECOLOGICAL BUILDING NETWORK, UTILITY ENERGY FORUM, AND CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION. Possible approval of use of the Energy Commission's name and logo for three no-cost co-sponsorships: Build Well 2010 Symposium, January 27-30, 2010, by the Ecological Building Network; the 30th Utility Energy Forum, May 5-7, 2010 by the Utility Energy Forum; and the 2010 California Preservation Conference, May 12-15, 2010, by the California Preservation Foundation. These co-sponsorships provide an opportunity to highlight the Energy Commission's programs, network with participants and collaborate on similar energy research activities. Contact: Elaine Hebert.
- STRATEGIC TRANSMISSION INVESTMENT PLAN. Possible adoption of the Strategic Transmission Investment Plan prepared jointly by the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee and the Siting Committee as part of the 2009 IEPR proceeding. The report recommends transmission investments to ensure reliability, relieve congestion, and meet future growth in load and generation, including renewable resources. The report is required by Public Resources Code section 25324. Contact: Terry O'Brien. (10 minutes)
- 2009 INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT. Possible adoption of the Committee Final 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Senate Bill 1389 requires the Energy Commission to "conduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery and distribution, demand, and prices. The Energy Commission shall use these assessments and forecasts to develop energy policies that conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety." (Public Resources Code § 25301[a].) Contact: Suzanne Korosec. (30 minutes)
- AVENAL ENERGY PROJECT (Docket 08-AFC-1). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) on the Avenal Energy Project, and Errata dated November 10, 2009. The Avenal project is a 600-megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant proposed within the City of Avenal. The PMPD contains the Committee's rationales in determining that the proposed Avenal Energy Project will, as mitigated, have no significant impacts on the environment and will comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards. Contact: Gary Fay. (10 minutes)
- NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible approval of the proposed Negative Declaration, including a finding of No Significant Impact under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), for the proposed guidelines for the California State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. This adoption hearing comes after the end of the 30-day comment period necessary to comply with CEQA guidelines. Contact: Lorraine White. (5 minutes)
- ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of guidelines for the California State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP). These guidelines are being proposed by the Energy Commission's Ad Hoc Committee on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The guidelines describe the eligibility and procedural requirements for residential consumers to receive rebates for selected appliances through the SEEARP in California under ARRA. Contact: Lorraine White. (15 minutes)
- AMENDMENTS TO CONFLICT OF INTEREST REGULATIONS. Possible adoption of proposed amendments to the California Energy Commission's Conflict of Interest Regulations in Title 20, California Code of Regulations, section 2402, relating to requirements that Commission personnel declare potential conflicts of interest. The amendments update the list of designated positions and associated reporting requirements. This adoption hearing comes after the end of a 45-day comment period necessary to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and the Fair Political Practices Act. Contact: Robin Mayer. (5 minutes)
- PORTOLA VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT. Possible approval of loan number 007 09 ECE-ARRA for $1,091,657 to Portola Valley School District to install a 280-kilowatt photovoltaic system at two schools. The project is estimated to save $83,973 in annual energy costs and has a simple payback of 13 years based on the loan amount. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Mike Smith. (10 minutes)
- CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-006 for $993,284 with California Department of Food and Agriculture to determine crop-based biofuel production options suitable for application in California's marginal agricultural lands. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Philip Misemer. (5 minutes)
- BEVILAQUA-KNIGHT, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-09-007 for $263,400 with Bevilaqua-Knight, Inc. (BKI) for the Energy Commission's membership in the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) for three years. The CaFCP has entered into a management services agreement with BKI to facilitate and coordinate the efforts of the CaFCP. Membership affords the Energy Commission a seat on the CaFCP's Steering Committee and input on the direction of CaFCP's future programs. (ARVTF funding.) Contact: Mike Trujillo. (5 minutes)
- U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, SOUTHWEST BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE CENTER. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-020 for $322,569 with U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center to research desert tortoise survival and reproduction at a wind farm in Southern California. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Linda Spiegel. (5 minutes)
- FRUITRIDGE PRINTING CO. Possible approval of Contract 150-09-002 for an amount not to exceed $20,780 with Fruitridge Printing for offset printing of 1,500 copies of the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Contact: Carolyn Walker. (5 minutes)
- Minutes: Approval of the December 2, 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.
Internal Organization and Policy. 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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