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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, April 21, 2010

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

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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. ENERGY BOARD. Possible approval of Contract 150-09-005 for $18,000 to continue the Energy Commission's membership in the Western Interstate Energy Board for one year. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Grace Anderson.
    2. DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH. Possible approval of an amendment to Agreement 002-09-ECD to extend the period of an existing $1.6 million loan to the Department of Mental Health. This loan was approved at the Energy Commission's August 26, 2009, Business Meeting to repair and replace broken steam pipes in the Metropolitan State Hospital's steam distribution system. The simple payback for this project is 10 years based on the energy cost savings. Contact: Haile Bucaneg.
  2. LODI ENERGY CENTER (08-AFC-10). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Lodi Energy Center. The Lodi Energy Center is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle nominal 255 megawatt power plant to be located on 4.4 acres of land owned and incorporated by the City of Lodi and approximately two miles north of the City of Stockton. Contact: Ken Celli. (10 minutes)
  3. HUMBOLDT BAY GENERATING STATION. Possible approval of a petition to amend 101 air quality and two public health conditions of certification to match North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District modifications to two permits: the Title V Permit to Operate and the Authority to Construct/Temporary Permit to Operate. The revisions would not change emission limits; however, would change how PG&E demonstrates compliance. Contact: Chris Davis. (10 minutes)
  4. COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-013 for $16,049,050 with the County of Sacramento to establish CaliforniaFIRST as the first statewide AB 811 municipal financing program designed to increase the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy products, services and practices throughout California. (ARRA SEP funding.) Contact: Angela Gould. (5 minutes)
  5. FIRSTCARBON SOLUTIONS. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-020 for $874,559 with FirstCarbon Solutions to provide rebate processing services to the Energy Commission for the California Cash for Appliance Program. The State of California is participating in the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program administered by the Department of Energy and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This program is to provide rebates to eligible California consumers for the purchase of qualified, energy efficient home appliances. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Lorraine White. (5 minutes)
  6. COUNTY OF SAN BENITO. Possible approval of Agreement 025 09 ECE-ARRA for a $125,000 loan to the County of San Benito to install a new 60 ton chiller, retrofit lighting and replace street lights with energy efficient induction lamps. This project is estimated to save about $20,971 annually, with a simple payback of six years. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Karen Perrin. (5 minutes)
  7. CITY OF HOLLISTER. Possible approval of Agreement 027-09-ECE-ARRA for a $30,868 loan to the City of Hollister for energy efficiency upgrades. This loan helps replace oversized, 30-year-old HVAC with 24.5 ton high efficiency HVAC systems with economizers on the roof of the Hollister Community Center. This project will save the city approximately $2,953 annually, with a simple payback of 10.5 years. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Akasha Khalsa. (5 minutes)
  8. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT AWARDS. Possible approval of 19 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program grant agreements awarding $2,791,346 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds. These awards provide grant funding to eligible small cities and counties in California to install eligible cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits within their jurisdictions. The EECBG program allows for the purchase and installation of specific energy efficiency measures. The following proposals are Direct Equipment Purchase projects. Contact: Deborah Godfrey. (10 minutes)
    1. CITY OF FARMERSVILLE. Grant agreement CBG-09-073, awarding $57,350 to replace 40.5 tons of air conditioning from 1985 with modern, efficient units; install six energy-saving LED Exit signs, upgrade lighting and heating controls, and replace 130 inefficient T12 fluorescent fixtures with efficient T8 fluorescent fixtures.
    2. CITY OF DIXON. Grant agreement CBG-09-037, awarding $97,561 to retrofit existing street lights with more energy efficient LED lighting.
    3. CITY OF SAN JUAN BATISTA. Grant agreement CBG-09-075, awarding $25,000 to replace existing High Pressure Sodium street lights and Incandescent street lights located within the public right of way with Induction lights.
    4. CITY OF GRIDLEY. Grant agreement CBG-09-097, awarding $35,407 funds to update 57 of the city's high pressure sodium streetlights to LED.
    5. CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE. Grant agreement CBG-09-096, awarding $34,836 to replace 57 high pressure sodium and metal halide parking lot lights with LED lights. In addition, the City of Big Bear Lake proposes to replace 263 32-watt T8 lamps with 28-watt T8 lamps and replace 35 timed lighting controls with dual technology occupancy sensors.
    6. CITY OF GONZALES. Grant agreement CBG-09-074, awarding $47,225 to retrofit existing streetlights with more energy efficient LED lighting.
    7. COUNTY OF MERCED. Grant agreement CBG-09-021, awarding $511,566 to replace existing metal halide, high pressure sodium lighting with energy efficient induction lighting and replace high watt fluorescent lighting in public parking lots with low watt fluorescent lighting.
    8. CITY OF SHASTA LAKE. Grant agreement CBG-09-099, awarding $58,555 to install four variable frequency drives (VFD) on existing pumps at two city lift stations. The VFDs will be installed on two 200-hp pumps and two 75-hp pumps.
    9. CITY OF EL PASO ROBLES. Grant agreement CBG-09-028, awarding $156,083 to replace High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) street lights with LED lighting fixtures.
    10. COUNTY OF SAN JOAQUIN. Grant agreement CBG-09-010 awarding $836,781 to install HVAC upgrades and variable frequency drives.
    11. CITY OF LEMOORE. Grant agreement CBG-09-050, awarding $136,469 to replace High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) street lights with LED lighting fixtures.
    12. CITY OF MILLBRAE. Grant agreement CBG-09-094, awarding $112,630 to replace High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) street lights with LED lighting fixtures.
    13. CITY OF BEAUMONT. Grant agreement CBG-09-041, awarding $172,103 to upgrade interior and exterior lighting, and HVAC units, as well as install programmable thermostats.
    14. CITY OF MENLO PARK. Grant agreement CBG-09-040, awarding $163,154 to replace High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) street lights with LED lighting fixtures.
    15. CITY OF SIGNAL HILL. Grant agreement CBG-09-068, awarding $60,853 to replace eight standard efficiency motors in water wells located throughout the city totaling 910 horse power with premium efficiency motors.
    16. CITY OF BRISBANE. Grant agreement CBG-09-087, awarding $25,000 to replace high pressure sodium vapor street lights with LED lighting fixtures
    17. CITY OF LA PALMA. Grant agreement CBG-09-083, awarding $85,346 to replace HVAC units at City Hall and the police department, as well as upgrade interior and exterior light fixtures and install occupancy sensors.
    18. CITY OF SONORA. Grant agreement CBG-09-098, awarding $7,500 to replace two furnaces at the police department.
    19. Northern California Power Agency Collaborative. Grant agreement CBG-09-102 awarding $167,927 for the cities of Biggs, Healdsburg, and Ukiah to replace High Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) street lights with LED lighting fixtures.
  9. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT AWARDS. Possible approval of 13 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program grant agreements awarding $2,127,989 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. These awards provide grant funding eligible small cities and counties within California to install eligible cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits within their jurisdictions. The EECBG program allows for the purchase and installation of specific energy efficiency measures. The following Energy Efficiency Projects are proposed for the following jurisdictions. Contact: Deborah Godfrey. (10 minutes)
    1. COUNTY OF NEVADA. Grant agreement CBG-09-017, awarding $373,291 to replace HVAC equipment and controls, lighting retrofit, and the domestic boiler.
    2. CITY OF MILL VALLEY. Grant agreement CBG-09-080, awarding $71,550 to retrofit lighting at the Public Safety Building and the Mill Valley Middle School and a condensing unit upgrade at the Library.
    3. CITY OF CORTE MADERA. Grant agreement CBG-09-100, awarding $34,800 to upgrade HVAC equipment and install HVAC controls at the City Fire Department and upgrade interior lighting at the Fire Department, Town Hall and Recreation Center.
    4. COUNTY OF PLACER. Grant agreement CBG-09-006, awarding $606,540 to install various energy efficiency projects at six county buildings. The project includes lighting retrofit and controls, HVAC replacement and commissioning and controls and vending machine controls.
    5. COUNTY OF MONO. Grant agreement CBG-09-026, awarding $49,649 to replace thermostats, mixed-air temperature sensors, motors and drivers, and upgrade controls for the boilers in Courthouse Annex 1 and Courthouse Annex 2
    6. CITY OF LA VERNE. Grant agreement CBG-09-019, awarding $184,473 to install various energy efficiency projects at three city buildings. The project includes parking lot light, traffic signal and interior lighting retrofit, city hall HVAC replacement and energy management system.
    7. CITY OF SONOMA, Grant agreement CBG-09-033, awarding $54,346 to upgrade five HVAC units and related controls, and replace interior lighting and control systems
    8. COUNTY OF SAN BENITO. Grant agreement CBG-09-064, awarding $107,874 to install a 60 ton chiller at the County Courthouse, upgrade interior and exterior lights at various County buildings (Public Works, jail, Juvenile Hall and Administration) and replace street lights with induction lights.
    9. COUNTY OF CALAVERAS, Grant agreement CBG-09-020, awarding $180,480 to upgrade interior lighting in 12 buildings and install a central control system for HVAC units.
    10. CITY OF WALNUT. Grant agreement CBG-09-038, awarding $172,264 to retrofit lighting and mechanical systems and controls at multiple city owned facilities to a more energy efficient systems.
    11. CITY OF LIVE OAK. Grant agreement CBG-09-076, awarding $45,998 to upgrade pumps and motors assemblies at four water wells and a booster station.
    12. CITY OF NORCO. Grant agreement CBG-09-046, awarding $153,259 to replace existing equipment with energy efficient pumps and motors assemblies at two booster pump stations. The project also includes retrofitting energy efficient lighting at the Sports Complex.
    13. TOWN OF MORAGA, Grant agreement CBG-09-101 awarding 93,465 to upgrade HVAC systems, upgrade parking and street lights and install lighting controls.
  10. SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT. Possible approval of Grant agreement ARV-09-003, awarding $5 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District to demonstrate plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology for a very broad range of Class 2-5 vehicles. The U. S. Department of Energy is providing $27,994,490 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen. (5 minutes)
  11. CITY OF SAN DIEGO. Possible approval of Agreement 003-09-ECA for a $3 million loan to the City of San Diego to upgrade street light fixtures. This project will save the city approximately $350,000 annually with a simple payback of 8.6 years based on the loan amount. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Adel Suleiman. (5 minutes)
  12. KERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. Possible approval of Agreement 002 09 ECC for a $2.2 million loan to the Kern Community College District to install a one megawatt photovoltaic system. This project will save the district 1.7 million kilowatt hours, or $199,928 annually in reduced energy costs with a simple payback of approximately 11 years based on the loan amount. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Joji Castillo. (5 minutes)
  13. UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISES. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-039 with University Enterprises for $2,000,000 to establish a Smart Grid Center at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) to increase smart grid cyber security and functionality. A California Smart Grid Center is needed to research and develop smart grid technologies and services to provide increased environmental benefits, greater system reliability, and lower system costs, and to demonstrate tangible benefits to California ratepayers from these technologies. Center activities will include monitoring of nationwide smart grid research and ARRA-funded installations to identify areas where research is needed. CSUS is one of only two California universities that offer an electrical power engineering curriculum and have the faculty resources to operate a Smart Grid Center. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact Pedro Gomez. (10 minutes)
  14. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY (CIEE). Possible approval of Contract 500-09-038 for $2,535,927 with the Regents of the University of California, CIEE to conduct statewide, local and regional vulnerability and adaptation assessments for man-made infrastructure (such as energy and water systems) that will be affected by climate change. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (10 minutes)
  15. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY (CIEE). Possible approval of Contract 500-09-037 for $1,257,586 with the Regents of the University of California to identify strategies for natural and managed ecosystems in California, such as agriculture and urban forests, to adapt to climate changes. The results of this study will help the California Natural Resources Agency to identify policy measures to protect California's natural resources as mandated by Executive Order S-03-08. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  16. ALTEX TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION. Possible approval of Agreement PIR 09 012 with Altex Technologies for a grant of $1,493,581 to develop and demonstrate boiler burner energy system technology for fire tube boilers. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
  17. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-004 for a grant of $400,000 to Gas Technology Institute to develop and demonstrate the DOME technology, an integrated waste heat and wastewater recovery and utilization system. At 50 percent penetration in the food processing sector, annual potential savings are estimated to be 220 million gallons of clean water, 15 million therms, and over 90 million kilowatt hours per year of electricity. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  18. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-036 for $300,000 with the US Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to improve and conduct modeling of particle mass (PM) 2.5 formation. The research would establish with greater accuracy and precision the PM air pollution implication of power generation and power generation growth options in the Central Valley. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (5 minutes)
  19. MINUTES:
    1. Approval of the March 24, 2010 Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Approval of the April 7, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  20. COMMISSION COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  21. 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)].
  22. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  23. PUBLIC ADVISER'S REPORT: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  24. PUBLIC COMMENT. People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy Commission.
  25. 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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