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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

WEDNESDAY, September 29, 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. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION EXPO. Possible approval of $4,950 and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo for co-sponsorship of the City of Santa Monica AltCar Expo. The event showcases the latest technologies and innovation in alternative transportation and fuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Aleecia Macias.
  2. STATE ENERGY PROGRAM GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of a resolution to revise the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program Guidelines (Publication CEC-150-2009-004-CMF-REV3) to allow the ARRA Committee to modify the interest rate charged under the Low-Interest Energy Efficiency Financing Program (EEFP). The EEFP is one of several program elements funded under the Energy Commission's State Energy Program. The EEFP will provide up to $25 million in ARRA SEP funds as low-interest loans to eligible applicants for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects that provide energy cost savings sufficient to repay the loan principal and all accrued interest within a maximum repayment term of 15 years. Contact: John Butler. (5 minutes)
  3. IMPERIAL VALLEY SOLAR PROJECT (08-AFC-5). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Imperial Valley Solar Project and Errata. The Imperial Valley project would utilize SunCatcher technology with a generating capacity of approximately 750 megawatts to be built in two phases. The proposed facility would be located approximately 14 miles west of El Centro, in Imperial County on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Contact: Raoul Renaud. (35 minutes)
  4. GENESIS SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT (09-AFC-8). Possible adoption of the Committee's Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the Genesis Solar Energy Project and errata. The proposed project would be a solar electric generating facility using solar parabolic trough technology with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts. The project is located approximately 25 miles west of Blythe, California, in Riverside County, on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sonoran Desert. Contact: Ken Celli. (35 minutes)
  5. Minutes: Possible approval of the minutes of the September 22, 2010, Business Meeting.
  6. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  7. 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.
  8. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  9. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 Harriet K" and the operator will connect you into the meeting. Should you wish 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. Fax (916) 654-4493 or e-mail

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