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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Sacramento, California 95814
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
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  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. AFFORDABLE COMFORT, INC. (ACI). Possible approval of Contract 400 10 009 for $20,000 to co-sponsor the ACI National Home Performance Conference held in San Francisco, March 28 - April 1, 2011. The conference is expected to draw 2,000 participants from around the country in the fields of building energy efficiency and occupant comfort. (ERPA funding.)
      Contact: Erik Jensen.
    2. NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 500-05-027 with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for a 12-month no-cost time extension. This project will develop three turnkey reference designs for photovoltaic inverters that will expedite the use of distributed renewables and lower the cost of deploying photovoltaics in California.
      Contact: Steve Ghadiri.
    3. SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION. Possible approval of Amendment 1 for Grant PIR-06-001 with San Francisco Public Utility Commission for a one-year no-cost time extension and contractual amendment to reduce the demonstration period to six months, and revise budget due to additional labor and increase in match funds. These changes will give the contractor time to complete the project and prepare all project deliverables.
      Contact: Abolghasem Edalati.
  2. CITY OF HAYWARD. Possible approval of the City of Hayward's locally adopted building energy standards to require greater energy efficiency than the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Contact: Joe Loyer. (5 minutes)
  3. PIO PICO ENERGY CENTER (11-AFC-1). Contact: Eric Solorio. (10 minutes)
    1. Possible adoption of the Executive Director's data adequacy recommendation for the Pio Pico Energy Center. The project is a 300 megawatt simple-cycle generation facility that would use three natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators. The project would be located on 10 acres of disturbed land in an unincorporated area of southwestern San Diego County known as Otay Mesa.
    2. Possible appointment of a siting committee for the Pio Pico project.
  4. META VISTA. Possible approval of Purchase Order Number P.O. 10-409.00-007 with Meta Vista for $260,000 to provide lead system architect services for the Application Core Technology (ACT) Project. The contract will provide the Information Technology Services Branch with a vehicle to improve and streamline the technical environment and applications at the Energy Commission, consistent with the California Information Technology Strategic Plan. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Atlas Hill. (5 minutes)
  5. CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PANEL. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 600-09-016 with the California Employment Training Panel for a one-year time extension and adding $780,000 in funding. This amendment will fund additional workforce training contracts established through this inter-agency agreement to deliver training services to California's emerging green transportation industry. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Darcie Chapman. (5 minutes)
  6. DELTA DIABLO SANITATION DISTRICT. Possible approval of Contract 500 10 034 for $999,924 with Delta Diablo Sanitation District to develop, demonstrate and implement a system or systems for converting biosolids to energy that will maximize energy production, minimize solid and liquid waste disposal issues, and meet California's environmental standards. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Rizaldo Aldas. (5 minutes)
  7. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to Contract 500-08-053 with the Regents of the University of California, Davis, to add $311,481 and a ten-month time extension. The amendment will eliminate three projects, and re-scope four subtasks based on feedback from the Program Advisory Committee. This amendment will also correct typographical errors in the budget. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Dustin Davis. (5 minutes)
  8. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. 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)
  9. LINDE LLC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-038, for a grant of $3,396.209 to Linde LLC to install two publicly-accessible hydrogen fueling stations at existing retail gasoline stations. (ARFVTF funding). Contact: Tobias Muench.
  10. 2011 BIOENERGY ACTION PLAN. Possible adoption of the Draft 2011 Bioenergy Action Plan. This version updates the 2006 Bioenergy Action Plan to address continuing barriers to the development and deployment of bioenergy, and to identify issues and solutions to biogas injection and gas cleanup. Contact: Garry O'Neill. (10 minutes)
  11. PUBLIC INTEREST ENERGY RESEARCH (PIER) ANNUAL REPORT. Possible approval of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) 2010 Annual Report to the Legislature. Contact: Laurie ten Hope. (10 minutes)
  12. Minutes: Possible approval of the March 9, 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.

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