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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A - First Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
10 a.m.
(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. THERMOELECTRICS APPLICATION WORKSHOP. Possible approval of a co-sponsorship with Courtesy Associates for $4,950 for the Thermoelectrics Application Workshop supporting Vehicle Technologies to be held in San Diego January 3-6, 2011. The Thermoelectric Application Workshop is internationally recognized for the application of thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery and vehicle climate control. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Reynaldo Gonzales.
    2. PORTVISION. Possible approval of Purchase Order 10-445.03-008 for $20,000 to PortVision for a one-year subscription for marine vessel tracking and historical data. PortVision Advantage is a Web-based service that will enable Energy Commission staff to verify tanker activities in California ports and terminals in real-time. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Andre Freeman.
    3. UNITED STATES CARBON SEQUESTRATION COUNCIL. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-029 for $35,000 for Energy Commission membership in the United States Carbon Sequestration Council for one year. Membership provides access to scientific and technical information and the most recent research results about carbon sequestration, to industry members, policy makers and the public. (Federal funding.) Contact: Elizabeth Keller.
    4. LOCALLY ADOPTED BUILDING ENERGY STANDARDS. Possible approval of locally adopted building energy standards for the Cities of Burlingame, Daly City, Goleta, Sonoma, and San Carlos, the town of Portola Valley, and the City and County of San Francisco. The proposed standards will require greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Joe Loyer.
  2. SOLARIA CORPORATION. Possible approval of amending Agreement 009-10-CEB to increase the loan amount from $753,992 to the requested amount of $2,768,122. Loan proceeds will be used to purchase and install equipment to expand the manufacture of photovoltaic solar panels at Solaria's Fremont, California manufacturing facility. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Marcia Smith. (5 minutes)
  3. CITY OF ARROYO GRANDE. Possible approval of Agreement 002-10-ECE-ARRA for a loan of $158,156 to the City of Arroyo Grande to implement energy efficiency measures. Projects include HVAC equipment and control upgrades, lighting equipment and controls, vending machine misers, LCD computer monitors and controls, and LED streetlights. These projects will save the city approximately $14,431 in annual energy costs. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Haile Bucaneg. (5 minutes).
  4. OIL PRICE INFORMATION SERVICE (OPIS). Possible approval of Purchase Order 10 445.03-007 for $138,929 to renew the Energy Commission's subscription to OPIS for two years. OPIS offers one of the most comprehensive sets of daily and weekly retail, wholesale, and spot prices for transportation fuels. Staff use the data to assess market conditions, potential supply issues and as baseline data for petroleum and renewable fuel price forecasts for the Integrated Energy Policy Report. (ERPA funding.). Contact: Andre Freeman. (5 minutes)
  5. SOLADIGM, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-049 for a grant of $400,000 to Soladigm, Inc. to conduct research and development to improve the manufacturing process of solid-state dynamic windows. These windows block direct sunlight and radiant heat in the summer, transmit radiant heat in the winter, and transmit ambient light from indirect sunlight year-round. With wide-scale adoption, California could save as much as 14,000 gigawatt hours of energy per year, with a summer peak-load reduction of more than nine percent. This award will qualify as cost-share to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding that Soladigm has received. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Joseph Fleshman. (5 minutes)
  6. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT. Possible approval of Work Authorization MRA-02-088 for $324,998 with the Regents of the University Of California, California Institute for Energy and Environment for a strategic analysis of energy storage technology. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining. (5 minutes)
  7. SOLAR OFFSET PROGRAM. Possible adoption of proposed regulations (15-Day Language) that will govern the requirements of the Homebuyer Solar Option and Solar Offset Program, as required by California Public Resources Code section 25405.5, enacted by Senate Bill 1 (Murray, Chapter 132, Statutes of 2006). Contact: Sherrill Neidich. (10 minutes)
  8. Minutes: Possible approval of the December 15, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  9. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  10. 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).
    5. California Energy Commission v. Superior Court (WRCOG) (California Court of Appeal E052018).
  11. 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: A 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: 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.
  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.

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Questions about participation in the Business Meeting should be directed to:
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Participating by Telephone at a Business Meeting
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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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