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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, March 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. GWF TRACY COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT. (08-AFC-7). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's proposed Decision (PMPD) on the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant and Errata. The project is to modify the existing Tracy Peaker Plant into a combined cycle power plant. Contact: Raoul Renaud. (10 minutes)
  2. HANFORD COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT (01-EP-07C). Possible approval of a petition by GWF Energy, LLC, to convert the Hanford Energy Park Peaker 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 approximately three miles south the City of Hanford in Kings County. Contact: Matt Trask. (10 minutes)
  3. HENRIETTA COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT. (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 MW steam turbine-generator. The facility is located near the City of Lemoore and the Lemoore Naval Air Station in rural Kings County. Contact: Matt Trask. (10 minutes)
  4. CITY OF BRISBANE. Possible approval of a $189,930 loan to the City of Brisbane to upgrade streetlight fixtures. This will save the city approximately $14,610 annually, with a simple payback of approximately 13 years based on the loan amount. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Adel Suleiman. (5 minutes)
  5. SIDLEY AUSTIN, LLP. Possible approval of Contract 140-09-001 for $30,000 with Sidley Austin, LLP to provide bond and tax legal assistance for two years for the Energy Conservation Assistance Account Bond Program. (Bond administration funding.) Contact: Elizabeth Flores. (5 minutes)
  6. KEMA, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-09-012 for $4.1 million with KEMA, Inc., to provide monitoring, verification, evaluation and reporting of the Energy Commission's American Reinvestment and Recovery Act-fund projects and programs. Contractors will plan, design and perform procedures to confirm that the appropriate end-use technologies were installed, that reported energy savings are accurate, and that programs are cost-effective. (ARRA and ERPA funding.) Contact: Monica Rudman. (15 minutes)
  7. USDA FOREST SERVICE, SIERRA NEVADA RESEARCH CENTER. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-031 for $1,149,389 with the United States Forest Service to assess the effects of fuel reduction treatments for biofuel feedstock production. The purpose of this study is to improve the ability to reliably predict the effects of different types of treatment in conifer forests on various measures of biological diversity, and to support sustainable forest biofuel management. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Joe O'Hagan. (10 minutes)
  8. PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-032 for $800,000 with the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest national Laboratory to examine the interaction between airborne particles, clouds, and precipitation. The researchers will use a research aircraft to measure cloud properties aloft. The data will be available to test and improve regional climate models. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  9. PARAGO PROMOTIONAL SERVICES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-009 for $419,840 with Parago Promotional Services, Inc., to provide rebate processing services to the Energy Commission for the California Cash for Appliances Program. The program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will provide rebates to eligible consumers for the purchase of qualified energy efficient home appliances. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Lorraine White. (10 minutes)
  10. STATE ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of revisions to the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program Guidelines (Guidelines). The Guidelines were developed to implement and administer the California "Cash for Appliances" program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Contact: Lorraine White. (10 minutes)
  11. ORDER INSTITUTING INFORMATIONAL PROCEEDING. Possible approval of an Order Instituting Informational Proceeding to gather and assess information for preparation of the 2010 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update and the 2011 IEPR as required by Public Resources Code sections 25302(a) and 25302(d). Contact: Suzanne Korosec. (10 minutes)
  12. PUBLIC INTEREST ENERGY RESEARCH ANNUAL REPORT. Possible approval of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) 2009 Annual Report to the Legislature. Contact: Thom Kelly. (10 minutes)
  13. Minutes: Approval of the March 17, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  14. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  15. 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)].
  16. Executive Director's Report. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  17. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  18. Public Comment: People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy Commission.
  19. 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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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. Fax (916) 654-4493 or e-mail

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