California Energy Commission
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
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THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- 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.)
- CITY OF CARLSBAD. Possible approval of amendment 1 to Loan Agreement 004-09-ECE-ARRA for a six-month no-cost time extension to allow the City of Carlsbad to complete its street light conversion project. Delays in delivery of fixtures made it impossible to complete installation by the existing agreement date. Contact: Adel Suleiman.
- LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Agreement PIR-08-031 to modify the scope of work to change the campus building that will be fitted with photovoltaic and solar arrays, hot water storage tanks, and related equipment. The original building selected was determined to be seismically inadequate to support the retrofit. Contact: Pablo Gutierrez.
- INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS. Possible approval of Amendment 5 for a no-cost time extension to Contract 200-07-004 with Inter-Con Security Systems under the Master Service Agreement with the California Highway Patrol. Contact: Emily Oren.
- LIFE CYCLE ASSOCIATES. Possible approval of Amendment 1 for a no-cost time extension to Contract 600-07-009 with Life Cycle Associates. The term end date will be extended from March 3, 2011 to September 2, 2011. Contact: Miles Roberts.
- UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500 10 028 for $1,995,032 with the Regents of the University of California, Davis, to develop and demonstrate whole building retrofit solutions for multi-tenant light commercial buildings. The project goal is to increase energy efficiency, reduce peak electricity demand, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Golam Kibrya. (5 minutes)
- FEDERSPIEL CONTROLS. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-052 for a grant of $250,000 to Federspiel Controls to demonstrate and field test energy efficient cooling control technologies at multiple State of California data centers. This funding will qualify as cost share to the $548,078 grant that Federspiel Controls received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Kiel Pratt (5 minutes)
- PORTLAND ENERGY CONSERVATION, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR 10-051 for a grant of $120,000 to Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. to develop an educational curriculum for building commissioning. This funding will qualify as cost share to the $749,153 grant that Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Joseph Fleshman. (5 minutes)
- U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-027 for $223,755 with the U.S. Geological Survey to provide new and enhanced habitat suitability models for predicting the potential distribution and habitat of the Mohave ground squirrel. The Mohave ground squirrel is state-listed as threatened. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Misa Milliron. (5 minutes)
- UTILITY SAVINGS AND REFUND, LLC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-023 for a competitive grant of $400,000 to Utility Savings and Refund, LLC to demonstrate the integration of battery storage and fuel cell power generation. The project, fueled by digester gas, will be demonstrated at the Dublin/San Ramon Services District's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Pleasanton, California. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Paul Roggensack. (5 minutes)
- G4 INSIGHTS. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-023 for a grant of $1,229,966 to G4 Insights, Inc. to demonstrate a forest waste biomass to methane fuel conversion process in Placer County. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Bill Kinney. (5 minutes)
- MENDOTA ADVANCED BIOENERGY BEET COOPERATIVE. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-028, for a grant of $1,499,000 to Mendota Advanced Bioenergy Beet Cooperative to conduct lab tests, pilot tests, and feasibility studies for an advanced bioenergy center in Mendota. The facility will convert sugar beets and agricultural waste into ethanol, compressed natural gas, green electricity, and other co-products. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Bill Kinney. (5 minutes)
- CLEAN WORLD PARTNERS, LLC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-026 for a grant of $1,315,800 to Clean World Partners, LLC to conduct technical and economic feasibility studies for a proposed biorefinery that will convert food and green waste into compressed natural gas. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Rhetta deMesa. (5 minutes)
- WRIGHTSPEED, INC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-025 for a grant of $1,197,064 to Wrightspeed, Inc. to verify the manufacturing, testing, and installation of a range-extended electric vehicle drive system for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Mike Trujillo. (5 minutes)
- BIODIESEL INDUSTRIES. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-024 for a grant of $886,815 to Biodiesel Industries, to conduct pilot studies on the feasibility of an integrated biorefinery. The biorefinery will use algae and various waste streams for a future biodiesel production facility. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Joanne Vinton. (5 minutes)
- CAL POLY STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN LUIS OBISPO. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-027 for a grant of $250,000 to Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo to conduct and assess pilot-scale production of low-cost, oil-rich algae biofuel feedstock using wastewater nutrients. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Joanne Vinton. (5 minutes)
- PACIFIC ETHANOL MADERA, LLC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-029, for a zero cost Participant Agreement with Pacific Ethanol Madera, LLC to establish the program requirements for participation in the California Ethanol Producer Incentive Program (CEPIP). The program requirements will include the participant's eligibility for CEPIP payments from and reimbursements to the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Finance Authority (CAETFA). Contact: Larry Rillera. (5 minutes)
- PACIFIC ETHANOL STOCKTON, LLC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV 10 030, for a zero cost Participant Agreement with Pacific Ethanol Stockton, LLC, to establish the program requirements for participation in the California Ethanol Producer Incentive Program (CEPIP). The program requirements include the participant's eligibility for CEPIP payments from and reimbursements to the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Finance Authority. Contact: Larry Rillera. (5 minutes)
- COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA. Possible approval of the County of Santa Clara's locally adopted energy standards for residential and nonresidential newly constructed buildings and additions, and alterations to existing buildings, to require greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Joe Loyer. (5 minutes)
- TOWN OF SAN ANSELMO. Possible approval of the Town of San Anselmo's locally adopted energy standards for residential and nonresidential newly constructed buildings and additions, and alterations to existing buildings, to require greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Joe Loyer. (5 minutes)
- RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE. Possible approval of the Renewable Energy Program 2010 Annual Report to the Legislature and associated Appendix. The 2010 Annual Report summarizes the results of the Renewable Energy Program's activities and status of funding for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. The 2010 Appendix contains detailed project descriptions, statistics, and financial data. Contact: Madeleine Meade. (5 minutes)
- Postponed to December 15, 2010. RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD ELIGIBILITY GUIDEBOOK, FOURTH EDITION. Possible approval of the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidebook, Fourth Edition. This guidebook implements the energy Commission's responsibilities under the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). These responsibilities include certifying RPS-eligible facilities and verifying procurement for RPS compliance. Contact: Kate Zocchetti. (5 minutes)
- Postponed to December 15, 2010. OVERALL PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. Possible approval of the Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program, Third Edition. This guidebook governs the Renewable Energy Program and its various program elements to assist interested applicants in applying for program funds and Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) certification, and to assist in verifying RPS compliance. Contact: Kate Zocchetti. (5 minutes)
- POWER PLANT SITING LESSONS LEARNED (DOCKET 10-SIT-OII). Possible adoption of an Order Instituting Informational (OII) proceeding to examine the lessons learned in the review of both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) solar projects and the natural gas-fired power plants reviewed by the Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division during 2009 and 2010. Contact: Mike Monasmith. (20 minutes)
- BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT PHASE II (02-AFC-1C). Possible approval of a petition to extend the deadline for commencement of construction from December 14, 2010, to December 14, 2011. Contact: Christina Snow. (20 minutes)
- CALICO SOLAR PROJECT (Docket No. 08-AFC-13). Possible approval of a Petition for Reconsideration or the Energy Commission's own motion for reconsideration, or both, asking the Energy Commission to reconsider the effective date of its decision of October 28, 2010 to coincide with the date of re-filing of the Notice of Decision. Contact: Kristen Driskell. (20 minutes)
- CALICO SOLAR PROJECT (Docket No. 08-AFC-13). Possible approval of amending the effective date of the Commission's decision of October 28, 2010 to coincide with the date of re-filing of the Notice of Decision and termination of the temporary stay. This item is contingent on approval of the petition for reconsideration of the effective date or the Commission's motion for reconsideration of the effective date, or both. Contact: Kristen Driskell. (20 minutes)
- CPV SENTINEL ENERGY PROJECT (DOCKET 07-AFC-3). Possible adoption of the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on the CPV Sentinel Energy Project, and Errata. CPV Sentinel is a nominal 850 megawatt simple-cycle (peaking) power plant facility located within unincorporated Riverside County, adjacent to the northern city limits of Palm Springs. Contact: Ken Celli. (45 minutes)
- Possible approval of November 3, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
- Possible approval of November 8, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
- Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
- 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:
- California Communities Against Toxics et al v. South Coast Air Quality Management District (Los Angeles County Superior Court, BS124624);
- Western Riverside Council of Governments v. Department of General Services (Riverside County Superior Court RIC10005849);
- In the Matter of U.S. Department of Energy (High Level Waste Repository),(Atomic Safety Licensing Board, CAB-04, 63-001-HLW);
- 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).
- California Energy Commission v. Superior Court (WRCOG) (California Court of Appeal E052018).
- Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
- Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
- Public Comment: 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.
- 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.
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.
In addition to the agenda that was distributed on November 19, 2010, the Commission will take a vote to consider whether there exists a need for immediate action on the following items. (Gov. C. § 11125.3, Subd. (a)(2).) If the commission determines that such a need exists, the Commission may consider the following:
- AE ADVANCED FUELS KEYES, INC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-031, for a zero cost Participant Agreement with AE Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc. to establish the program requirements for participation in the California Ethanol Producer Incentive Program (CEPIP). The program requirements include the participant's eligibility for CEPIP payments from and reimbursements to the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Finance Authority. Contact: Larry Rillera. (5 minutes)
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