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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, March 9, 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. LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-09-010 with the U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a 12 month no cost time extension to allow sufficient time to complete and debug the EnergyPlus Graphical User Interface for Energy Plus. Contact: Joseph Fleshman.
    2. CITY OF CORNING. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Agreement CBG 09 118 for a budget revision. Budget changes are required because actual project costs are different from the estimated project costs. The total grant amount is unchanged. Contact: Elizabeth Shirakh.
    3. CALIFORNIA REPORTING, LLC. Possible approval of Amendment 2 to Contract 180-08-001 with California Reporting, LLC to extend the term of the contract for Hearing Reporter services for Energy Commission Business Meetings and other hearings and workshops. This contract is executed under the California Master Services Agreement (MSA). The time extension coincides with the term of the MSA. There is no change to the total cost of the contract. Contact: Harriet Kallemeyn.
  2. ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 700 08 001 with Aspen Environmental Group to add $5,590,800 to address peak workload in the Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Adrienne Snyder. (5 minutes)
  3. SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION. Possible approval of Agreement 002-10-ECC for a $3 million loan to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to upgrade 8,112 high pressure sodium streetlights to LEDs. This will annually save the SFPUC 3.1 million kilowatt hours, or $286,088 in energy costs. Based o the loan amount, the simple payback is approximately 10.5 years. (ECAA bond funds and/or ECAA State funds.) Contact: Joji Castillo. (5 minutes)
  4. ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-32, for a grant of $1,493,165 to the Association of Bay Area Governments to install electric vehicle charging stations at several locations throughout the nine-county Bay Area. (ARFVTF funding). Contact: Leslie Baroody. (5 minutes)
  5. SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-034, for a grant of $553,000 to Sacramento Municipal Utility District to conduct a demonstration test of the Chevrolet Volt under real-world conditions and install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Sacramento area. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Linda Schrupp. (5 minutes)
  6. SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-035, for a grant of $300,000 to the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install four publicly-accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling pumps next to an existing retail gas facility. (ARFVTF funding) Contact: Pilar Magana. (5 minutes)
  7. AIRPORT COMMISSION OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-036, for a grant of $567,003, to complete a new hydrogen fuel station at the San Francisco International Airport by adding a stand-alone dispenser, a canopy, and increased compression capacity. (ARFVTF funding). Contact: Tobias Muench. (5 minutes)
  8. AMERICAN BIODIESEL INC., dba COMMUNITY FUELS. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-037, for a grant of $1,999,379 to American Biodiesel, Inc., dba Community Fuels to expand an existing biodiesel plant and build a biodiesel fuel terminal at the Port of Stockton. The facility will provide greater access to large volumes of high-quality renewable fuel in California. (ARFVTF funding). Contact: Gary Yowell. (5 minutes)
  9. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. Moved to the March 23 business meeting.
    Possible approval of Contract 500 10 035 with the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, for $82,510 to study the relationship between fog, winter chill hours, and energy demand for heating in the Central Valley region. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  10. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, AND ALL OTHER CONTRACTS AWARDED UNDER RFP 500-08-503. Possible re-approval of contract 500-10-028 with University of California, Davis to disclose on the record a financial relationship deemed a "non-interest" pursuant to Government Code section 1091.5(a)(9), as well as re-approval of all other contracts awarded under Request for Proposal (RFP) 500-08-503 (Technology Innovations for Buildings and Communities II under the Public Interest Energy Research Program.) Contact: Allan Ward. (5 minutes)
  11. REVISED SHORT-TERM (2011-2012) PEAK DEMAND REPORT. Possible adoption of the Revised Short-Term (2011-2012 Peak Demand Report. Adopted short-term peak demand forecasts are for use in the California Independent System Operator Local Area Capacity Requirements analysis and process. Contact: Chris Kavalec. (10 minutes)
  12. Minutes: Possible approval of the February 23, 2011, Business Meeting Minutes.
  13. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  14. 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.

  15. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  16. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

  19. Emerging Renewables Program - Possible ratification of the decision of the Energy Commission's Renewables Committee to temporarily suspend the Emerging Renewables Program in order to implement changes to address program deficiencies. Contact: Tony Goncalves or Payam Narvand (5 minutes)

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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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