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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

FRIDAY, August 6, 2010

Note day of week.

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.


THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  1. REVISION OF STATE ENERGY PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of a resolution to revise the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Energy Program Guidelines (Publication CEC-150-2009-004-CMF-REV1) to expand the types of energy efficiency retrofit financing programs to be included in addition to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. This resolution responds to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's July 6, 2010 determination, and similar advice from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, that first-priority liens violate regulatory prohibitions against senior liens. Based on guidance by the United States Department of Energy to consider alternatives to PACE programs in light of those regulatory determinations, staff recommends adoption of the proposed Third Edition of the State Energy Program Guidelines to ensure that the Energy Commission can direct State Energy Program funding into sustainable energy efficient retrofit programs, within all deadlines and milestones of the federal grant. Contact: Betty LaFranchi. (10 minutes)

    Link to copy of proposed Guidelines
  2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of changes to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program Guidelines (Guidelines) to expand the types of energy efficiency retrofit financing programs to be included in addition to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. The proposed changes respond to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's July 6, 2010 determination, and similar advice from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, that first-priority liens violate regulatory prohibitions against senior liens. Based on guidance by the United States Department of Energy to consider alternatives to PACE programs in light of those regulatory determinations, staff recommends adoption of the proposed changes. Contact: John Sugar. (10 minutes)

    Link to copy of proposed Guidelines
  3. ICF CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-018 with ICF Consulting Services, L.L.C. for $197,224 to provide support for the planning and management of the legislatively directed Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program Advisory Board meetings, and make recommendations on methodologies that can be used to evaluate research and development projects and programs. (PIER Support funding.) Contact: Mike Gravely. (5 minutes)
  4. 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.
  5. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  6. LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT:
  7. PUBLIC ADVISER'S REPORT: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  8. 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.

    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.


WebEx Broadcast

The Business Meeting is broadcast via WebEx, the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service. To listen to the meeting and view any presentations, please click the following link or paste it into your browser: https://energy.webex.com/energy/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=927090740

You may also go to https://energy.webex.com/ec and enter Meeting Number 927 090 740. The meeting password is mtg@10am.


The Energy Commission now has wireless Internet access available in the atrium, coffee shop, and library.


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www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/

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