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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, August 25, 2010

The Business Meeting will reconvene at 5:30 today (8/25/10)

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. SONOMA GEOTHERMAL POWER PROJECT (80-AFC-1C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the Commission Decision by the Department of Interior U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) requesting to remove the USGS as the primary compliance agency of authority for the Commission License and terminate the Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Understanding with the Commission. Contact: Christine Stora.
    2. ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 400-07-032 with Aspen Environmental Group for a one-year no-cost time extension from March 31, 2011, to March 31, 2012, to continue technical assistance and training support to the Electricity Supply Analysis Division for demand forecasting method improvements, scenario planning, probability analysis and risk assessment, and natural gas assessment. Contact: Paul Deaver.
    3. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-08-018 with the Regents of the University of California, Davis, to allow reallocation of budget funds among technical tasks within the contract. This agreement is to assess the effects of varying flows from hydropower facilities on an amphibian species of special concern. There will be no changes to the total cost, scope of work or term of the contract. Contact: Joe O'Hagan.
    4. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Work Authorization MRA-02-064 under contract 500-02-004 with The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley - California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) for a no-cost time extension of nine months to continue development of Fault Current Controller Technology. Contact: Jamie Patterson.
    5. DE SOLUTIONS, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Grant Agreement PNG-06-002 with DE Solutions, Inc., for a six-month no-cost time extension. The project is developing and testing emission control technology for reciprocating engine-based combined heat and power. Delays caused by grid-connection issues, repairs at the project host site, and other unexpected issues that extended laboratory tests necessitate this time extension. Contact: Rizaldo Aldas.
    6. CALIFORNIA HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING SERVICES (CHEERS). Possible approval of the request from the CHEERS Board of Directors to be decertified as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Provider for field verification and diagnostic testing for newly-constructed buildings and the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) programs. Contact: Jim Holland.
    7. STANDING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT. Possible approval of amending Energy Commission Order 10-0122-1 to appoint Robert Weisenmiller Presiding Member of the Siting Committee (in place of Karen Douglas) and Karen Douglas Associate Member (in place of Robert Weisenmiller). The Siting Committee provides oversight and policy direction to the Energy Commission's power plant siting process. Contact: Galen LeMei.
  2. CITY OF SIMI VALLEY. Possible approval of the City of Simi Valley's proposed locally adopted energy standards. The proposed standards for residential and nonresidential newly constructed buildings and additions and alterations to existing buildings would require greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Joe Loyer. (5 minutes)
  3. CALISOLAR, INC. Possible approval of Agreement 004-10-CEB for a $5 million loan to CaliSolar, Inc., to purchase equipment to expand the manufacture of solar cells at CaliSolar's Sunnyvale, California, factory. The project will expand production capacity from 60 megawatts (MW) annually to 155 MW annually by December 2011. The project will create or retain an estimated 181 full-time equivalent jobs. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Larry Rillera. (5 minutes)
  4. PROPEL FUELS, INC. Possible approval of Grant Agreement ARV-10-002, awarding $1 million to Propel Fuels, Inc., to build 10 ethanol (E85) dispensers at publicly-accessible fueling stations throughout California. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen. (5 minutes)
  5. EURISKO SCIENTIFIC. Possible approval of Grant Agreement ARV-10-003, awarding $1,830,132 to Eurisko Scientific to install an anaerobic digester for wastewater sludge and effluent at the Elk Grove Wastewater Treatment Facility using a process developed at the Argonne National Laboratory to sequester CO2 during the digestion process. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen. (5 minutes)
  6. CITY OF REEDLEY. Possible approval of Grant Agreement ARV-10-004, awarding $480,400 to the City of Reedley, to install a solar electric vehicle charging system and a clean natural gas fueling station at the new Central Valley Transportation Center, which is being built in collaboration with the Kings Canyon Unified School District. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen. (5 minutes)
  7. FOOTHILL TRANSIT. Possible approval of Grant Agreement ARV-10-005, awarding $200,000 to Foothill Transit for the procurement and installation of 2 electric drive charging stations which will be installed at the Pomona Transit Center. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Jennifer Allen.(5 minutes)
  8. STATE CONTROLLER'S OFFICE. Possible approval of Amendment 4 to Contract 200 98-012 for $300,000 with the State Controller's Office to continue to provide auditing services and support to the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The amendment will extend the term of the Interagency Agreement for an additional three years and update rates. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Kyle Emigh. (5 minutes)
  9. AMERICAN BIODIESEL, INC., dba COMMUNITY FUELS. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-016 for a grant of $349,524 to American Biodiesel, Inc., dba Community Fuels to demonstrate, document and validate the performance and water savings from an integrated water treatment system. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Anish Gautam. (5 minutes)
  10. CO2NEXUS, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-017 for a grant of $396,200 to CO2Nexus, Inc., to demonstrate, document and validate the performance and energy savings of a commercial supercritical-carbon dioxide textile cleaning machine. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Anish Gautam. (5 minutes)
  11. MC2 CONSULTING, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-018 for a grant of $399,565 to mc2 Consulting, Inc. to measure the effectiveness of the combined use of optimization software and drag reducing agents for transporting fluids in pipelines. This technology has statewide energy savings potential of 23 gigawatt hours per year and 50 megawatts in demand reduction. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Anish Gautam. (5 minutes)
  12. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-017 for $580,907 with the Regents of the University of California, Davis, to provide new location data and enhanced habitat suitability models for predicting the potential distribution and habitat of the Mojave and Colorado Desert rare plants. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Misa Milliron. (5 minutes)
  13. KENNEDY/JENKS CONSULTANTS, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR 10 008 for a grant of $299,956 to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Inc. to research the use of innovative additives that can reduce the water content of sewage sludge. This project could reduce the energy needed to dry the sludge and the fuel used for shipping and disposal. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Paul Roggensack. (5 minutes)
  14. EQUEST 3.64 AND D2 COMPLY 3.64. Possible approval of adding eQUEST 3.64 and D2 Comply 3.64 to the Energy Commission's list of computer simulation programs used to demonstrate compliance with the 2008 Non-Residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: S. T. Seran. (5 minutes)
  15. BEACON SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT (08-AFC-2). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Beacon Solar Energy Project, and errata. The proposed project is a concentrated solar electric generating facility with a nominal 250 megawatt output. It will be located on a 2,012-acre site in eastern Kern County near California City. Contact: Ken Celli. (10 minutes)
  16. MARSH LANDING GENERATING STATION (08-AFC-3). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Marsh Landing Generating Station. The proposed project is a nominal 930 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. It will be located on a 27-acre site in Contra Costa County north of the city of Antioch. Contact: Paul Kramer. (10 minutes)
  17. Minutes:
    1. Possible approval of the July 28, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Possible approval of the August 11, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  18. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  19. 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.

  20. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  23. 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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