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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, August 11, 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. 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. CMC ENGINEERING. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Agreement PIR 07 005 with CMC Engineering to relocate the site for a packaged microturbine/boiler combined heat and power system to complete this research demonstration. There is no change in the budget or the contract term. Contact: Mike Kane.
    2. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Work Authorization UC MRA-02-045 under contract 500 02 004 with The Regents of the University of California, California Institute for Energy and Environment for additional time to acquire a new partner and a new site for West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration, Phase II. There is no change to the original tasks identified in Work Authorization 045. Contact: Consuelo Sichon.
    3. CITY OF INDIAN WELLS. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Agreement 018-09-ECE-ARRA to change the end term of the loan from June 30, 2012, to March 31, 2012. Contact: Joseph Wang.
  2. 2010-2011 INVESTMENT PLAN FOR THE ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE FUEL AND VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM. Possible adoption of the 2010-2011 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The purpose of the program is to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California's fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state's climate change goals. The Energy Commission is required to develop and adopt the Investment Plan to determine priorities and opportunities for the program, describe how funding will complement existing public and private investments, and serve as a guide for funding decisions. Contact: Pat Perez. (15 minutes)
  3. PIO PICO ENERGY CENTER (10-AFC-1). Contact Roger Johnson (10 minutes)
    1. Possible approval of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Pio Pico Energy Center, a 300 megawatt simple-cycle electrical generating facility to be located on 13 acres of undisturbed land along the southeastern city boundary of the City of Chula.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Pio Pico Energy Center.
  4. LA PALOMA GENERATING PROJECT (98-AFC-2C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the La Paloma Generating Project to modify the cooling tower PM10 emission limit contained in Condition of Certification AQ-51 due to increased levels of TDS in the source water supply for the facility. Contact: Mary Dyas. (10 minutes)
  5. RUSSELL CITY ENERGY CENTER (01-AFC-7C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the Russell City Energy Center project to include three additional laydown areas, re-route the potable water supply and sanitary sewer pipelines and updating the Conditions of Certification concerning air quality to meet current best available control technology standards. Contact: Mary Dyas. (30 minutes)
  6. BRUCE WILCOX. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-014 for $1,882,125 with Bruce Wilcox to study energy use in existing homes in or near Stockton, California. The research involves using building simulation modeling to determine building energy use with and without energy efficiency features, developing packages of cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades for the test homes, and developing improvements to the Home Energy Rating System. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: David Weightman. (5 minutes)
  7. DAVIS ENERGY GROUP, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-015 for $1,224,994 with Davis Energy Group, Inc., to create and demonstrate a large scale residential retrofit program in Stockton, Pleasanton and Dublin, California. This project has the potential of reducing household energy use by 50 percent, and will include retrofit designs based upon building science, retrofit contractor training, quality control, and financing. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Beth Chambers. (5 minutes)
  8. CASCADE CLEAN ENERGY, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-011 for a grant of $400,000 to Cascade Clean Energy, Inc., to demonstrate the use of different strains of bacteria to enhance methane production at a pilot-scale anaerobic digester located at a wastewater treatment plant in Dublin, California. This project could increase methane production by 30 percent and maximize the recovery of renewable energy from wastewater and sludge. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Kiel Pratt. (5 minutes)
  9. CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE. Possible approval of Contract 600-10-001 for $265,780 with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to develop a sustainability plan template. This template will serve as a high-level policy document or 'roadmap' to guide the California Community College Districts toward a sustainable future by addressing technical issues and developing strategies for sustainability. (PVEA-LJEAA funding.) Contact: Amir Ehyai. (5 minutes)
  10. Item postposed until August 25. PAX SCIENTIFIC, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-020 for a grant of $299,265 to develop server fans that will reduce fan power consumption in data centers by approximately 15 percent. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Paul Roggensack. (5 minutes)
  11. Minutes: August 6, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  12. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  13. 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.
  14. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  17. 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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