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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Monday, February 14, 2011 - Revised

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 2 p.m.
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
See broadcast information.


  1. PALEN SOLAR POWER PROJECT (Docket No. 09-AFC-7). Possible approval of a Petition for Reconsideration of the Energy Commission's decision of December 15, 2010, to approve the Application for Certification of the Palen Solar Power Project. The petition asks the Commission to cure errors of fact and law by withdrawing its Order and Decision until the Bureau of Land Management approves the project's right-of-way and an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area plan. Contact: Kristen Driskell. (20 minutes)
  2. REVISIONS TO ARRA SEP GUIDELINES. Possible adoption of revisions to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program (SEP) Guidelines to allow for the reimbursement of expenses incurred after the award agreement approval, but prior to award agreement execution. Current guidelines prohibit reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to award agreement execution. Contact: Marcia Smith. (5 minutes)
  3. AMENDMENTS TO CEBFP AGREEMENTS. Possible adoption of a resolution to allow the Executive Director or her designee to amend Clean Energy Business Financing Program (CEBFP) loan agreements, as necessary, to permit borrowers to be reimbursed for expenses incurred after the loan agreement approval, but before loan agreement execution, and to also permit borrowers to invoice for loan proceeds on a cost incurred basis in order to enhance collateral for the loan. Contact: Marcia Smith (5 minutes)
  4. ENERGY COMMISSION COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS. Possible approval Committee appointments. Contact: Kevin Barker. (5 minutes)
    1. Robert B. Weisenmiller, Presiding Member and Karen Douglas, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee.
    2. Robert B. Weisenmiller, Presiding Member and James D. Boyd, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Research, Development & Demonstration Committee.
    3. Robert B. Weisenmiller, Presiding Member and James D. Boyd, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Legislative and Intergovernmental Committee.
    4. Robert B. Weisenmiller, Presiding Member and James D. Boyd, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Budget and Management Committee.
    5. Karen Douglas, Presiding Member and Jeffrey D. Byron, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Efficiency Committee.
    6. Karen Douglas, Presiding Member and James D. Boyd, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Siting Committee for the City of Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant Project (08 AFC-9).
  5. 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).
    6. California Unions for Reliable Energy and William Perez v. California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (California Supreme Court, S189402);
    7. Sierra Club v. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, et al (California Supreme Court, S189387);
    8. BNSF Railway Company v. US Department of Interior, California Energy Commission (U.S. District Court Central District of California-Riverside, CV 10-10057 SVW (PJWx));
    9. WRCOG v. CEC, (WRCOG II - the Bagley Keene Matter) (Riverside County Superior Court No. 10021694).
    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.
  6. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  7. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 the Business Meeting day after 2:01 p.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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