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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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. NAVIGATING THE AMERICAN CARBON WORLD. Possible approval of $4,000, staff time, travel expenses and use of the Energy Commission's name and logo for co-sponsorship of the Climate Action Reserve and Point Carbon annual conference, "Navigating the American Carbon World," to be held April 13-15, 2011 in Los Angeles. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Pierre du Vair.
    2. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ. Possible approval of a no-cost amendment to Agreement PIR 08-003 with the University of California, Santa Cruz to add a post-doctoral position requiring advanced statistical skills. The total cost and term of the contract will not change. Contact: Sarah Pittiglio.
    3. CITY OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO. Possible approval of an amendment to Agreement CBG-09-018 with the City of San Juan Capistrano to reallocate the budget funds, moving $141,900 from the "Materials/Supplies" category to "Non-Labor Contract Expenses" so that the purchase and installation of streetlights can be streamlined and performed under a single contract. Contact: Joji Castillo.
    4. DIGITAL ENERGY, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 400 07 026 with Digital Energy, Inc. for a one-year no-cost time extension to March 31, 2012. The contract provides technical assistance and support to the Energy Commission's Bright Schools, Energy Partnership, and Energy Efficiency Financing programs. The time extension will allow program participants to complete their projects with the same contractor. Contact: Joji Castillo.
    5. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT. Possible approval of a three month no-cost time extension to PIER Work Authorization MRA-02-083 with The Regents of the University of California, - California Institute for Energy and Environment under Master Research Agreement 500 02 044 to ensure all work is completed. Contact: Dan Gallagher.
  2. CALGREN RENEWABLE FUELS, LLC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV 10 033 for a zero-cost Participant Agreement with Calgren Renewable Fuels, 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)
  3. AANKO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 600-10-003 for $249,525 with Aanko Technologies, Inc. to revise California's Energy Assurance Plan and Energy Supply Disruption Tracking Process. The contractor will prepare a plan to develop expertise at the state level on energy assurance planning, conduct an intra-state energy assurance training exercise, and participate in an inter-state/regional energy assurance training exercise. (ARRA funding.) Contact: Yelena Kiranova-Givenko. (5 minutes)
  4. STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-054 for $500,000 with Stanford University to conduct field studies to determine the most effective strategies to elicit energy efficiency actions from consumers. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: David Weightman. (5 minutes)
  5. EDISON MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER. Possible approval of Agreement PIR 10 058 for a grant of $250,000 to Edison Material Technology Center to conduct research and development of a very dense 100 percent liquid-cooled computer platform for data centers that will reduce energy and space requirements and operating costs. This award will be cost-share for the recipient's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 award. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Paul Roggensack. (5 minutes)
  6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-030 for $299,970 with the University of California, Davis to evaluate the effects of climate change on hydropower operations and their downstream environmental impact. This information will promote the inclusion of climate change data in future federal hydropower relicensing proceedings. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Guido Franco. (5 minutes)
  7. CITY OF TURLOCK. Possible approval of Agreement 001-10-ECC for a loan of $766,165 to the City of Turlock to upgrade the city's streetlights from sodium vapor and mercury vapor to induction lighting. This project is estimated to save the city $110,885 energy costs annually, with a simple payback of 6.9 years. (ECCA funding.) Contact: Anne Fisher. (5 minutes)
  8. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of three grant applications, totaling $284,463 from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program's Energy Innovations Small Grant's Solicitation 09-01G. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Patrick McCarthy. (10 minutes)
    1. Stone Mountain Technologies Inc. Unicoi, TN, Residential Gas-Fired Heat Pump Water Heater, $94,463. The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility using a gas-fired heat pump in a residential water heater. If successful, this project will increase efficiency and reduce natural gas consumption.
    2. Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Advanced Control Techniques and Sensors for Gas Engines, $95,000. The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility of a novel control and sensor system in conjunction with an electronically programmable carburetor, for industrial natural gas engines to precisely control the Air/Fuel (AF) ratio. This project expects to reduce emissions and operating costs of industrial natural gas engines.
    3. MAHLE Powertrain LLC, Novi MI, Advanced Low Temperature Natural Gas Combustion using Turbulent Jet Ignition, $95,000. The goal of this project is to increase natural gas vehicle efficiency using turbulent jet ignition technology, and develop it as a direct replacement of the spark plug in a vehicle based natural gas engine.
  9. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of four grant applications, totaling $379,651 from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program's Energy Innovations Small Grant's Solicitation 10-01. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Patrick McCarthy. (10 minutes)
    1. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Flameless Combustion in Air-Cooled, Hybrid Solar Central Receivers, $94,940. The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility of a solar thermal central receiver design capable of hybrid operation. This technology could reduce water resource demands for utility scale heliostat applications.
    2. Miami University, Oxford, OH, Development of Flexible Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, $94,931. This proposal seeks to reduce the cost of dye sensitized solar cells by developing materials that would allow this renewable technology to be manufactured as flexible thin-film cells.
    3. NanoRIS, Citrus Heights CA, Fabrication of Doped Nanowires for High-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials, $94,780. This project will determine the feasibility of advancements in high temperature thermoelectric materials by incorporating nano-technology and doping techniques.
    4. Lighting Research Center, Rensselar Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, High-Efficiency LED-based Linear Fluorescent Replacement Lamp, $95,000. This project will determine the feasibility of developing an LED based lamp that will effectively replace four-foot linear fluorescent bulbs in existing fixtures.
  10. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Possible approval of a grant application, for $92,995 from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program's Energy Innovations Small Grant's Solicitation 10-01G. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Patrick McCarthy. (5 minutes)
    1. UC Davis, Davis CA, Development of Energy Efficient Dehulling and Drying Methods for Walnuts, $92,995. This project seeks to reduce agricultural natural gas use by developing an improved process for efficiently sorting, and drying walnuts. California is the largest US producer of walnuts and this project has strong support from the California Walnut Board.
  11. ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION-RELATED DATA REQUESTS. Possible adoption of Forms and Instructions for Submitting Electric Transmission-related Data. This publication represents formal data requests to California's utility owners of bulk electric transmission system facilities on their bulk transmission network and on specific projects identified in their transmission expansion plans, as well as on anticipated transmission corridor needs. These data will be used to prepare analyses and recommendations for the 2011 Integrated Energy Policy Report and the 2011 Strategic Transmission Investment Plan. Contact: Mark Hesters. (10 minutes)
  12. 2010 INTEGRATED ENERGY POLICY REPORT UPDATE. Possible adoption of the 2010 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. The focus of the Update will be on California's transition to a clean energy economy and the contribution of 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to that transition. Contact: Suzanne Korosec. (10 minutes)
  13. Minutes: Possible approval of the December 29, 2010, Business Meeting Minutes.
  14. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  15. 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).
    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.
  16. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  17. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  18. 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.
  19. 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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