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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, May 19, 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.
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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. TETRA TECH, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 600-09-003 with Tetra Tech, Inc., to revise the scope of work to allow the contractor to assist the Energy Commission in evaluating the localized health (air contaminant) impacts of projects proposed for Program funding; and conducting other analyses and preparing technical and environmental reports to support the evaluation of proposals submitted for funding. There is no change in the total cost of the contract, nor the term end date. Contact: Charles Mizutani.
    2. SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT. Possible approval of the Executive Director's recommendation that Sacramento Municipal Utility District's twenty-one-year Power Sale Agreement with Patua Project LLC, a proposed 120 megawatt geothermal electric generation facility to be constructed in Nevada, 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.
    3. STATE CONTROLLER'S OFFICE. Possible approval of Amendment 1 adding $3,660 to Contract 200-07-003 with the State Controller's Office to maintain the California Leave Accounting System (CLAS) records of Energy Commission employees. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Emily Oren.
    4. 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. ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS. Possible approval of Contract 400 09-021 for $10.75 million with the Association of Bay Area Governments to provide comprehensive residential energy retrofits to 17,000 single family and multifamily homes in the Bay Area and surrounding communities. The process is expected to create 1,739 jobs in the surrounding communities. The contract team consists of the Association of Bay Area Governments, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Counties of Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Solano, the City and County of San Francisco, and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority. (ARRA-SEP funding.) Contact: Sam Lerman. (10 minutes)
  3. QUANTUM ENERGY SERVICES & TECHNOLOGIES. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-011 for $4,852,181 with Quantum Energy Services and Technologies, Inc., to provide workforce development and create green jobs through energy efficiency retrofits in municipal and commercial buildings in Oakland, California. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Tony Wong. (5 minutes)
  4. ENERGY SOLUTIONS. Possible approval of Contract 400-09-012 for $5,949,739 with Energy Solutions to provide workforce development and create green jobs through energy efficiency retrofits in municipal buildings in Northern and Southern California. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Tony Wong. (5 minutes)
  5. PORTLAND ENERGY CONSERVATION, INC. Possible approval of Contract 400 09 014 for $18,808,717 with Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., to provide workforce development and create green jobs through commercial retail refrigeration energy efficiency retrofits across California. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Gabe Taylor. (5 minutes)
  6. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE. Possible approval of Contract 600-09-015 for $4 million with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to fund the initial steps to establish measurement and standards requirements for hydrogen and biodiesel fuels. Testing procedures and quality standards will be established for commercially available gaseous hydrogen as a transportation fuel, and test methods will be developed for biodiesel blends greater than 20 volume percent. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen. (5 minutes)
  7. CITY OF HAYWARD. Possible approval of Agreement 004-09-ECA for a loan of $2.45 million to the City of Hayward to construct a 1,000 kilowatt solar photovoltaic project at the City's Water Pollution Control Facility. This project will save the City approximately $222,726 annually in reduced energy costs, with a simple payback of 11 years based on the loan amount. (ECAA funding.) Contact: Akasha Khalsa. (5 minutes)
  8. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. Possible approval of Amendment 6 to Contract 500-99-013 with the Regents of the University of California, Sponsored Projects Office, UC Berkeley-CIEE for a six-month, no-cost time extension to December 31, 2010. This time extension will allow several critical research projects to be completed in the areas of Smart Grid, Agricultural Food Processing, Avian Mortality, Cool Cars and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research, Climate Change, Community Systems, Buildings End-Use Efficiencies and Emerging Technologies. Contact: Thom Kelly. (10 minutes)
  9. BEVILACQUA-KNIGHT, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-045 for $3,941,354 with Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc., to build upon work carried out in WESTCARB Phase I and Phase II, and continue this preliminary work into Phase III. This preliminary work will include analysis of industrial carbon dioxide point sources, capture technologies, and geologic storage locations; updating economic evaluations of carbon capture and storage; providing technical assistance in evaluation of natural gas combined cycle power plants with carbon capture and storage technologies; and performing public outreach activities for WESTCARB Phase III. (Federal funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (5 minutes)
  10. ALTEX TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION. Possible approval of Agreement PIR 09 012 for $1,493,581 with Altex Technologies, Incorporated to develop and demonstrate boiler burner system technology for fire tube boilers. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Ken Koyama. (5 minutes)
  11. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-044 for $1,988,502 with Gas Technology Institute to develop new commercial appliances and investigate commercial water heater energy efficiency improvements. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Joseph Fleshman. (5 minutes)
  12. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-008 for a grant of $381,402 to develop and demonstrate a solar-assisted gas water heating system for small food processors. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  13. US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (USDA-ARS) WESTERN REGIONAL RESEARCH CENTER. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-005 for a grant of $235,000 to the USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center to develop and demonstrate an infrared dry-blanching and drying system to produce high quality processed fruits or vegetables. This method is estimated to reduce energy use by 40 percent compared to traditional freeze drying. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  14. GRIMMWAY ENTERPRISES. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-002 for a grant of $399,949 to Grimmway Enterprises to demonstrate a technology that allows a higher yield extraction of lipids and nutrients from fruits and vegetables, using 25 percent less electricity and 5 percent less natural gas compared to conventional technology. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  15. ABENGOA SOLAR. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-003 for a grant of $396,984 to Abengoa Solar for a pilot scale demonstration of direct steam generation (DSG) technology at the Frito Lay Plant in Casa Grande, California. The commercialization of DSG could reduce energy use and costs while improving environmental quality by reducing air emissions and greenhouse gas production. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  16. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-001 for a grant of $324,250 to the Regents of the University of California, Davis to develop and demonstrate infrared heating, dry peeling technology for tomatoes. This technique has the potential to reduce energy consumption and use less water while preserving product quality. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Michael Lozano. (5 minutes)
  17. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-09-041 for $2.78 million with the University of California, Davis Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center to investigate ways to restructure the cost of automotive batteries, examine optimal interaction between plug-in vehicles and smart-grid systems, and analyze consumer behavior and grid connected vehicles. A plug-in vehicle strategic deployment plan for on-road light-duty vehicles will be developed. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Dan Gallagher. (10 minutes)
  18. Minutes: a. Approval of the April 28, 2010 Business Meeting Minutes. b. Approval of the May 12, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  19. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  20. 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)].
  21. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  24. 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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