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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, September 8, 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.


THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  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. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, NATIONAL FUEL CELL RESEARCH CENTER. Possible approval of a revision to Agreement PIR-09-018 with the Regents of the University of California, Irvine, National Fuel Cell Research Center to modify the matching funds language in the Work Statement. This will address the expected timing of the match funds from other sources. The proposed revision will not change the scope of work, budget, or term of the grant. Contact: Rizaldo Aldas.
    2. CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-06-043 with the California Air Resources Board for a one-year no-cost time extension to develop emission-control technologies for natural gas- and biodiesel-powered medium- to heavy-duty engines. Additional time is needed to complete data collection for the project and resolve discrepancies observed in the data set. Contact: Diana Mircheva.
  2. STION CORPORATION. Possible approval of Agreement 002-10-CEB for a $5 million loan to Stion Corporation to expand the manufacture of thin film solar modules at Stion's San Jose factory. The project will expand capacity by 140 megawatts per year and is expected to be completed by December 2011. The project will create or retain an estimated 73 full-time equivalent jobs. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Marcia Smith. (5 minutes)
  3. ENERGY INNOVATIONS, INC. Possible approval of Agreement 006-10-CEB for a loan of $3,493,797 to Energy Innovations, Inc., to purchase equipment for a concentrated solar energy system factory in Poway, California. The factory will have an annual capacity of 60 megawatts and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. The project will create or retain an estimated 240 full-time equivalent jobs. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Marcia Smith. (5 minutes)
  4. SOLIANT ENERGY, INC. Possible approval of Agreement 003-10-CEB for a loan of $2,089,711 to Soliant Energy, Inc., to purchase equipment for a concentrated solar photovoltaic solar panel factory in San Bernardino. The factory will have a capacity of 40 megawatts annually and is expected to be completed as early as October 2011. The project will create or retain an estimated 118 full-time equivalent jobs. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Marcia Smith. (5 minutes)
  5. BENNINGFIELD GROUP. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-019 for $1,270,830 with Benningfield Group to research energy use in multifamily buildings. The data will provide information leading to more appropriate building envelope requirements and analytical tools related to ventilation and fenestration in multifamily buildings, resulting in estimated energy savings of 30 percent or more. (PIER electricity and natural gas funding.) Contact: Golam Kibrya. (5 minutes)
  6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-020 for $238,310 with the Regents of the University of California, Davis to determine habitat use and suitability of young desert tortoises. The project will assess methods to increase survival and mitigate energy development in California deserts. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Misa Milliron. (5 minutes)
  7. ELK HILLS POWER PROJECT (99-AFC-1C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the Elk Hills Power Project, changing three air quality conditions of certification. The changes modify the cooling tower PM10 emission limit due to increased levels of total dissolved solids in the source water supply for the facility, and for consistency with the air district's permits. Contact: Mary Dyas. (10 minutes)
  8. ABENGOA MOJAVE SOLAR PROJECT (09-AFC-5). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project and errata. The Abengoa project will occupy a 1,765-acre site in unincorporated San Bernardino County near Hinkley, California. The project will have a combined nominal electric output of 250 megawatts from two independently operable solar fields. Contact: Kourtney Vaccaro. (35 minutes)
  9. MINUTES: Possible approval of the August 25, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  10. COMMISSION COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  11. 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.

  12. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT. Closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  13. PUBLIC ADVISER'S REPORT: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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 for your pass code and call leader's name, please answer "Business Meeting and Mr. Jerome Lee" and the operator will connect you into the meeting. Should you wish to comment on a specific item, please inform the operator and provide the item number. Please note that the Business Meeting WebEx service is for audio and viewing presentations only. Those who wish to comment on an item must participate by telephone.

The Energy Commission affords members of the public the opportunity to participate by telephone; however, 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. Fax (916) 654-4493 or e-mail publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us.


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You may also go to https://energy.webex.com/ec and enter Meeting Number 928 463 379
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