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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, February 2, 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. SOLARTECH. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Agreement PIR-07-012 with Solartech, an initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, to modify the work statement and budget to reallocate funds for a demonstration of feasibility and scalability of an advanced plug and play solar photovoltaic technology. Because of technology advancements funded by other sources, the contractor can use PIER funding for a demonstration rather than product development. Contact: Zhiqin Zhang.
    2. HARPIRIS ENERGY. Possible approval of a no-cost Amendment 1 to Agreement PIR 08 012 with Harpiris Energy to reallocate funds to complete certification and field testing, and prepare the product for market introduction. The results from this project will provide a low cost solar storage tank to the California market. Contact: Brad Meister.
    3. ASSOCIATION OF STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER INSTITUTIONS (ASERTTI). Possible approval of Contract 500 10 031 for $18,000 for a one-year membership in ASERTTI. Membership would allow Energy Commission participation in collaborative efforts with other states to maximize research efforts. Members build on each state's expertise and experience to contribute to economic growth, environmental quality and energy security. (PIER funding.) Contact: John Hingtgen.
    4. GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 500-08-037 with Gas Technology Institute to change the technology demonstration site and remove two key partners that are no longer participating. This is a no-cost amendment that will not affect the scope of work or the project schedule. Contact: Kiel Pratt.
    5. ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 400-09-021 with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to reallocate funds among various tasks and add new personnel. The amendment does not increase the total amount of the contract or extend the contract period. Contact: Bill Pennington.
    6. WATEREUSE FOUNDATION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-07-038 with WateReuse Foundation for a 12-month no-cost time extension to re-run a solicitation to select a qualified bidder. Contact: Paul Roggensack.
  2. ACCUSTAFF. Possible approval of Contract 200-10-005 for $74,500 with Accustaff to provide temporary support services for the Energy Commission's Federal Economic Recovery Program during periods of peak workload. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Mark Hutchison. (5 minutes)
  3. ICF CONSULTING. Inc. Possible approval of Contract 600-10-004 for $123,099 with ICF Consulting, Inc. for a motor vehicle survey and analysis to provide data for the personal vehicle choice model supporting the Energy Commission's transportation energy demand forecasts. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Laura Lawson. (5 minutes)
  4. BR LABORATORIES, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 400-08-003 with BR Laboratories, Inc. to add $173,394 and a two-year time extension to continue Appliance Standards Enforcement testing of Title 20-regulated appliances listed in the current contract. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Tovah Ealey. (5 minutes)
  5. BLACK ROCK 1, 2, 3 GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANT PROJECT (02-AFC-2C). Possible approval of the petition to amend the Energy Commission Decision to modify the original Salton Sea Unit 6 Geothermal Power Plant Project, a 215 megawatt (MW) multiple-flash unit, to construct the Black Rock 1, 2, 3 Geothermal Power Plant Project. The Black Rock project will consist of three individual 53 MW single-flash units, for a total of 159 MW of renewable generating capacity. Contact: Dale Rundquist. (10 minutes).
  6. LOS ESTEROS CRITICAL ENERGY FACILITY PHASE II PROJECT (03-AFC-2C). Possible approval of a petition to amend the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility Project to use an underground interconnection, add a new breaker and reconductor, and update existing Air Quality Conditions of Certification to lower the emission limits for carbon monoxide and precursor organic compounds. Contact: Christina Snow. (15 minutes)
  7. Minutes: Possible approval of the January 12, 2011, Business Meeting Minutes.
  8. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  9. 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.
  10. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  11. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

In addition to the agenda that was distributed on January 21, 2011, 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:

  1. ENERGY COMMISSION COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS. Possible approval of the appointment of Karen Douglas, Presiding Member and Jeffrey Byron, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Siting Committees for the Mariposa Energy Project Power Plant Licensing (09-AFC-03) and the City of Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant Project (08 AFC-9). Contact: Galen Lemei. (5 minutes)

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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 the Business Meeting day 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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