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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, March 3, 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. BUTTE GLENN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. Possible approval of a $766,231 loan to Butte Glenn Community College District to upgrade lighting systems, mechanical, and HVAC systems at the Butte College campus. The projects will reduce annual energy use by 380,837 kilowatt hours of electricity and 2,738 therms of natural gas, reducing annual energy expense by $61,579. The simple payback is 12.4 years based on the loan amount. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Amir Ehyai. (5 minutes)
  2. CITY OF INDIAN WELLS. Possible approval of a $715,000 loan to the City of Indian Wells to install seven small photovoltaic arrays totaling 197 kilowatts at Civic Center facilities. The solar energy from this project is expected to zero out the city's electricity bills and save the city $55,000 annually. The simple payback is 13 years based on the loan amount. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Joseph Wang. (5 minutes)
  3. CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. Possible approval of a $657,461 loan to the City of South Lake Tahoe to implement a number of energy efficiency measures at the city's recreation and swimming pool complex. The project includes a 65-kilowatt microturbine cogeneration system, new boilers and a premium efficiency motor with pump speed control, a new filtration system, and upgraded interior lights. This project is estimated to save $60,531 in energy costs annually, with a simple payback of 10.9 years. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Joseph Wang. (5 minutes)
  4. MAKEL ENGINEERING, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-014 with Makel Engineering, Inc., for a $580,706 grant to develop and demonstrate a biogas-fueled combined heat and power system based on homogeneous charge compression ignition technology. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining. (5 minutes)
  5. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE. Possible approval of Agreement PIR 09 015 with the University of California at Irvine for a grant of $666,285 to develop a low-emission, flexible-fuel control system to manage exhaust quality and heat content in distributed generation and combined heat and power systems. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining. (5 minutes)
  6. MINUTES: Approval of the February 24, 2009 Business Meeting Minutes.
  7. COMMISSION COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  8. 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)].
  9. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  10. PUBLIC ADVISER'S REPORT: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  11. PUBLIC COMMENT. People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy Commission.
  12. 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.

If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at 916-654-5146, five days before the meeting.

News media inquiries should be directed to:
      Media and Public Communications - 916-654-4989

Questions about participation in the Business Meeting should be directed to:
Public Adviser's Office - 916-654-4489 or 800-822-6228.

Participating by Telephone at a Business Meeting
If you want to participate by telephone, call toll free 1-888-823-5065 on Business Meeting days after 10:01 a.m. (PDT). When asked, please answer "Business Meeting and Mr. Jerome Lee" and the operator will connect you into the meeting. Should you want to speak on a specific item, please inform the operator and provide the item number.

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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