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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, July 28, 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. AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT ECONOMY. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-016 for $30,000 with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy to co-sponsor two conferences that provide an opportunity to showcase the Public Interest Energy Research Program's successful emerging technologies and energy efficiency research and to facilitate their commercialization and marketability. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Dustin Davis.
    2. PERRY SMITH, LLP. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 150 09 004 with Perry Smith, LLP, to add conflict of interest terms and conditions to the original agreement. Contact: Mark Hutchison.
  2. INLAND EMPIRE ENERGY CENTER (01-AFC-17C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the California Energy Commission decision for the Inland Empire Energy Center to adjust the air quality conditions of certification to be consistent with the South Coast Air Quality Management District RECLAIM/Title V permit for the project. Contact: Dale Rundquist. (10 minutes)
  3. TURBO AIR, INC. DECERTIFICATION. Possible adoption of the proposed Order and Decision of the Efficiency Committee recommending that two models of Turbo Air, Inc., commercial refrigerators be removed from the Energy Commission's appliance database. Interested parties may participate, but any submissions are limited to the existing evidentiary record (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, section 1236(b).) Contact: Pippin Brehler. (15 minutes)
  4. STATE ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM (CASH FOR APPLIANCES). Possible adoption of revised guidelines for the Cash for Appliances Program to expand the rebate program by offering new appliance categories with the goal of distributing available stimulus funds. Revisions would extend rebates to dishwashers, freezers, central air conditioners and heat pumps, furnaces, and solar water heating systems. Revisions would also add rules for verifying the proper installation, disposal, and recycling of central heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and solar water heating systems that are required under the current Guidelines for white good appliances. Contact: Lorraine White. (10 minutes)
  5. STATE ENERGY PROGRAM: Possible adoption of resolution to cancel Program Opportunity Notice (PON) No. 400-09-401 (Municipal Financing Program), and Notice of Proposed Awards, in response to direction of the United States Department of Energy (DOE). DOE directed the states to consider financing options in addition to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The DOE issued this direction in response to regulatory uncertainty created by recent determinations by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) affecting PACE financing. Staff recommends cancellation of PON 09-401 because the 400-09-401 solicitation only allowed for financing through first-priority liens, such as PACE, which FHFA has opined violates the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Uniform Security Instrument prohibitions against senior liens. Contact: Claudia Chandler. (10 minutes)
    • Staff Paper:
      Proposed Cancellation of Program Opportunity Notice 400-09-401
      Publication # CEC-400-2010-009 (PDF file, 258 kb)
  6. POWER SOURCE DISCLOSURE PROGRAM - ORDER INSTITUTING RULEMAKING. Possible approval of an Order Instituting Rulemaking to modify existing regulations to govern the requirements of the Power Source Disclosure Program. The new regulations will allow for necessary formatting changes to clarify the Power Content Labels that retail sellers of electricity are required to disclose to their customers under the California Public Utilities Code sections 398.2-398.5, enacted by Assembly Bill 162 (Ruskin, Chapter 313, Statutes of 2009). Contact: Lorraine Gonzalez. (5 minutes)
  7. RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD 2006 PROCUREMENT VERIFICATION REPORT. Possible approval of the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 2006 Procurement Verification Report. This report transmits the RPS procurement verification findings for 2001-2006 to the California Public Utilities Commission. Contact: Gina Barkalow. (10 minutes)
  8. CLIPPERCREEK, INC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-001for a grant of $1.9 million to ClipperCreek, Inc. to update approximately 3,000 existing California electric vehicle charging stations to the new SAE-J1772. In addition, ClipperCreek will refurbish inductive and paddle infrastructure that will remain on site where they are being used by current electric vehicles. ClipperCreek will install meters on the charging infrastructure, as directed by the local utility, to allow monitoring and utility control. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen. (5 minutes)
  9. ALTEX TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION. Possible approval of Grant Agreement PIR-09-016, awarding $1,435,693 to Altex Technologies Corporation to develop a waste vegetable oil-driven combined heat and power system for fast food restaurants. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Jean Baronas. (5 minutes)
  10. POTTER DRILLING, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-09-019 for a cost-share grant of $380,000 to Potter Drilling, Inc. to develop and test a non-contact geothermal well drilling technology. Potter Drilling received a DOE ARRA grant under FOA-0000075 for this project. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: John Hingtgen. (5 minutes)
  11. ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-022 for a grant of $400,000 to Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., (EPRI) to demonstrate the effectiveness of airflow management in data centers to reduce air conditioning costs. The project is estimated to reduce data center electricity consumption by 15 percent annually. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Anish Gautam. (5 minutes)
  12. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of eight grant applications, totaling $617,245, from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program's Energy Innovations Small Grant's Solicitation 09-01. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Matt Coldwell. (10 minutes)

    1. 09-01-27, Robert A. Hogue, Menlo Park, CA, Low Cost Energy Storage for Solar Thermal Power Plants, $42,245. This project will model the feasibility of using the ground underneath solar collectors as an energy storage medium, which would replace conventionally used thermal storage.
    2. 09-01-51, University of California, Davis, Light-assisted Biomass Fuel Cell, $95,000. This project will test the feasibility of a light-assisted biofuel cell that converts chemical energy stored in biomass from municipal waste water into usable electricity.
    3. 09-01-30, Lightwave Photonics, Inc., Encinitas, CA, Growth of Cavity Light Emitting Diode on a Reflective Substrate, $95,000. This project will test the feasibility of removing a conventional secondary processing step in LED manufacturing, by bonding a highly reflective surface into the LED to increase light extraction and electrical efficiency, while reducing manufacturing costs.
    4. 09-01-19, Semprius, Inc., Durham, NC, Concentrated Photovoltaic Module with Low-Cost Thermal Management, $95,000. This project will to test the feasibility of eliminating the need for conventional thermal management in concentrated photovoltaic applications by using the solar interconnects between cells for heat-transfer.
    5. 09-01-73, Wind Harvest International, Davis, CA, Modeling of Straight Bladed Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines, $50,000. This project's objective is to improve the design of the company's currently marketed vertical-axis wind turbine by modeling the performance of tightly spaced turbines and establishing the proper blade angles and connecting structures.
    6. 09-01-28, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Modeling of Wind Power Generation on High-Rise Buildings, $50,000. This project's objective is to model and test the feasibility of developing a system of wind deflectors and wind fences to control the turbulent air flow on top of urban high-rise buildings and evaluate the use of wind deflectors and wind fences for the reduction of turbine noise and improving public safety.
    7. 09-01-66, Thermofluidics, United Kingdom, Solar Heat Engine Driven Hydraulic Ram for Low-Cost Irrigation, $95,000. This project will test the feasibility of a pollution free and sustainable method for pumping irrigation water without electricity by developing a solar heat engine-driven hydraulic ram.
    8. 09-01-49, Paula Moon & Associates, Naperville, IL, Co-Production of Electrical Power and Lithium from Geothermal Fluids, $95,000. This project will test the feasibility of a process to extract lithium from geothermal fluids. If successful, this project could help geothermal energy become more cost-competitive with other energy sources, and lower the cost of lithium for battery applications.
  13. CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED ENERGY RATING AND TESTING SERVICES (CalCERTS). Possible approval of CalCERTS as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider for HERS Raters conducting California Whole-House Home Energy Ratings and California Home Energy Audits, and CalRatePro as HERS Rating Software. Contact: Jim Holland. (5 minutes)
  14. Minutes: July 14, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  15. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  16. Chief Counsel's Report: The Energy Commission may adjourn to closed session with its legal counsel [Government Code Section 11126(e)] to discuss any of the following matters to which the Energy Commission is a party:

    1. California Communities Against Toxics et al v. South Coast Air Quality Management District (Los Angeles County Superior Court, BS124624);
    2. Western Riverside Council of Governments v. Department of General Services (Riverside County Superior Court RIC10005849);
    3. In the Matter of U.S. Department of Energy (High Level Waste Repository), (Atomic Safety Licensing Board, CAB-04, 63-001-HLW);
    4. Public Utilities Commission of California (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Docket No. EL10-64-000); and Southern California Edison Company, et al. (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Docket No. EL10 66 000).

      The Energy Commission may also discuss any judicial or administrative proceeding that was formally initiated after this agenda was published; or determine whether facts and circumstances exist that warrant the initiation of litigation; or that constitute a significant exposure to litigation against the Commission.
  17. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  18. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  19. Public Comment: People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy Commission, with the exception of items appearing elsewhere on this agenda or items related to pending adjudicative (certification or enforcement) proceedings.
  20. 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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