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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2010

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. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA POWER AGENCY. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation that Northern California Power Agency's Power Sale Agreement for the Lodi Energy Center be found compliant with the emission performance standard for local publicly-owned electric utilities under Senate Bill 1368 and California Code of Regulations, Title 20, sections 2900-2913. The Lodi Energy Center is a proposed 280-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired electric generation facility, currently under review in the Energy Commission's Docket 08-AFC-10. Contact: Marc Pryor.
  2. HENRIETTA PEAKER PROJECT (01-AFC-18C). Possible approval of a petition by GWF Energy, LLC, to convert the Henrietta Peaker Project to the Henrietta Combined-Cycle Power Project by adding two once-through steam generators, an air-cooled condenser and a 25-megawatt steam turbine-generator. The facility is located near Lemoore, and the Lemoore Naval Air Station, in rural Kings County. Contact: Matt Trask. (10 minutes)
  3. HANFORD ENERGY PARK PEAKER PROJECT (01-EP-7C). Possible approval of a petition by GWF Energy, LLC, to convert the Hanford Energy Park Peaker Project to the Hanford Combined-Cycle Power Project by adding two once-through steam generators, an air-cooled condenser and a 25-megawatt steam turbine-generator. The facility is located in Hanford, Kings County. Contact: Matt Trask. (10 minutes)
  4. AES HIGHGROVE POWER PLANT PROJECT (06-AFC-02). Possible adoption of a committee recommendation to terminate proceedings for the AES Highgrove Power Plant Project. On February 2, 2010, AES Highgrove, LLC, filed a notice pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 20, section 1709.8, withdrawing the Application for Certification. Applicant's Notice of Withdrawal complies with Section 1709.8(a) of the Energy Commission's regulations. Contact: Paul Kramer. (10 minutes)
  5. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of three grant applications totaling $239,909 from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program's Energy Innovations Small Grant Solicitation 09-01T. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Tony Tully. (5 minutes)
    1. 09-01-21T, University of California, Los Angeles, Validated Multi-Scale Analysis Tool for Mechanical Response of Open-Cell Aluminum Foam,. $49,999. This project will increase efficiency of a broad range of transportation systems. It will create a computer-simulation analysis tool to predict the mechanical component response of aluminum foams used in structural design of fuel-efficient vehicles.
    2. 09-01-12T, XCell Power, LLC, Fremont, CA, Metal-Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for APU Applications, $94,910. This project will increase the durability and reduce the costs of solid oxide fuel cell technology for auxiliary power unit applications in long haul trucks. The key concept uses a novel fabrication technique in which fuel cell components are manufactured as one unit instead of four separate units.
    3. 09-01-20T, The Curators of the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Lower Cost and Higher Density PHEV Battery, $95,000. This project will increase battery durability and reduce costs. The key concept uses a new battery design that uses increased distance between electrodes to reduce the likelihood of short circuits without negatively affecting battery performance. In addition, the surface area of the electrode is increased to create faster reactions and higher power output.
  6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Possible approval of $800,000 for Work Authorization MRA-02-084 under contract 500-02-004, with the Regents of the University of California/California Institute for Energy and the Environment. This agreement continues collaboration with University of California, California State University, and California Community College facilities deploy energy efficient technologies through demonstrations at campuses, State, Federal, commercial, and industrial facilities. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: David Weightman (5 minutes).
  7. ORDER INSTITUTING RULEMAKING - AB 758 COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS. Possible approval of an Order Instituting Rulemaking to begin a public proceeding to develop strategies for a comprehensive program to improve the energy efficiency of existing residential and nonresidential buildings in response to AB 758 (Skinner, Statutes of 2009). The proceeding will ultimately result in newly developed and adopted regulations. Contact: Bill Pennington. (10 minutes)
  8. Minutes: Approval of the February 17, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  9. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  10. 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)].
  11. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  14. 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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