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California Energy Commission
Business Meeting

Wednesday, April 20, 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. TETRA TECH, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 3 to Contract 600 09 003 with Tetra Tech, Inc., to extend the term from June 30, 2011 to March 31, 2013 and amend the Terms and Conditions to require that subcontract agreements include conflict-of-interest provisions. There is no change to the total cost of the contract. Contact: Jim McKinney.
    2. UTILITY ENERGY FORUM. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-042 for $10,000 to co-sponsor the Utility Energy Forum. The Forum provides an opportunity for the Energy Commission to share information on research results, emerging energy efficiency technologies and best practices in energy efficiency design and management with utilities, vendors and others. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Beth Chambers.
  2. ENERGY COMMISSION COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS. Possible approval of the appointment of James D. Boyd, Presiding Member and Carla Peterman, Associate Member of the Energy Commission's Transportation Committee. Contact: Kevin Barker. (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. UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE. Moved to a later business meeting. Possible approval of Contract 600-10-006 for $1.5 million with the United States Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station to investigate the sustainability of forest biomass for renewable biofuels. This research project will collect and analyze critical field data, and develop field case studies to determine where, when and how woody biomass is sustainable. (ARFVT funding.) Contact: Bill Kinney. (5 minutes)
  5. NORTHSTATE RENDERING CO., INC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV 10 040 with Northstate Rendering Co., Inc., for $3,956,150 under PON-09-003, and an additional $1,500,000 under PON-09-604, for a combined total of $5,456,150 to produce biogas from byproducts of the rendering process for use as compressed natural gas for use in Recipient's fleet of vehicles, and to provide the energy to compress the gas as well as power the facility. (ARFVT funding.) Contact: Rhetta deMesa. (5 minutes)
  6. SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT. Possible approval of Agreement ARV-10-041 for a grant of $100,000 to Sacramento Municipal Utility District to conduct a demonstration test of the Chrysler Ram 1500, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle pickup, under real-world conditions; and, install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Sacramento area. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Linda Schrupp. (5 minutes)
  7. BORDER VALLEY TRADING COMPANY. Possible approval of Agreement ARV 10 042 for a grant of $500,000 to Border Valley Trading Company to construct a liquefied natural gas refueling station along the I-10 corridor in the City of Palm Springs. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Donald Coe. (5 minutes)
  8. AGRICULTURAL WASTE SOLUTIONS, INC. Possible approval of Agreement ARV 10 043 for a grant of $658,220 to Agricultural Waste Solutions, Inc., to assemble and operate a skid-mounted, modular pilot demonstration plant at an existing dairy farm to convert dairy waste into renewable diesel for use on the farm. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Bill Kinney. (5 minutes)
  9. ELECTRIC VEHICLES INTERNATIONAL (EVI). Possible approval of Amendment 1 to grant Agreement ARV 09 017 to add $1,416,314. These funds will supplement the existing Electric Vehicles International (EVI) agreement for $1,153,053 to design, develop and deploy a range-extended electric vehicle for medium-duty truck applications. EVI proposes to use Valence lithium-phosphate batteries for a 100-115 mile range. EVI will integrate the new powertrain into an industry-standard medium-duty truck and will deploy prototypes for onsite testing with partners. (ARFVTF funding.) Contact: Joseph Margolis. (5 minutes)
  10. CLIPPER CREEK, INC. Possible approval of Amendment 1 to grant Agreement ARV 10 001 to add $400,000 to develop the interface to provide metering data and load management control from electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to the utilities' smart grid. These funds will supplement the existing Clipper Creek agreement for $1,900,000 to upgrade existing EVSE in California to the SAE-J1772 standard. (ARFVT funding.) Contact: Leslie Baroody. (5 minutes)
  11. GLADSTEIN, NEANDROSS & ASSOCIATES, LLC. Possible approval of Contract 600 10-009 for $50,000 with Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, LLC to co-sponsor the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, May 4-6, 2011. (ARFVT funding.) Contact: Kirk Switzer. (5 minutes)
  12. RC CONSULTING. Possible approval of Purchase Order 10-409.00-08 for $90,000 with RC Consulting to provide consultation and training to develop in-house expertise in analyzing and extracting vehicle data from California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) databases. DMV data is used to develop the Energy Commission's transportation energy demand forecasts and track progress in meeting the state's petroleum reduction goals and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (ERPA funding.) Contact: Ryan Eggers. (5 minutes)
  13. COMPREHENSIVE HOUSING SERVICES, INC. Possible approval of Contract 200 10 007 for $300,000 with Comprehensive Housing Services, Inc. to provide technical and administrative assistance to Energy Commission staff and to recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, such as Energy Efficiency Block Grants, State Energy Program contracts and ARRA loans in the wage rate determination process. (ARRA and/or ERPA funding.) Contact: Michelle Tessier. (5 minutes)
  14. TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN DIEGO. Possible approval of Amendment 7 to Contract 500-98-014 with the Trustees of California State University, San Diego, to add $1,750,000 in natural gas research funds to continue the Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) program. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Patrick McCarthy. (5 minutes)
  15. STONE & WEBSTER, INC. Possible approval of Contract 500-10-037 for $1,053,200 with Stone & Webster, Inc., to evaluate the technical design considerations and ability to capture carbon dioxide from natural gas combined-cycle power plants. The project will estimate the costs and performance impacts associated with capture and storage of the plant's carbon dioxide emissions. (PIER-Federal funding.) Contact: Cheryl Closson. (5 minutes)
  16. TERRALOG TECHNOLOGIES USA, INC. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-062 for a match cost-share grant of $500,000.00 to Terralog Technologies USA, Inc., (Terralog) to characterize the Wilmington Graben for large-scale carbon dioxide geologic storage. Terralog received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 award grant for $9,819,813 for this project and is providing $1,954,953 in match funds, for a total project budget of $12, 274,766. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Cheryl Closson. (5 minutes)
  17. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE. Possible approval of Contract 500 10 038 for $680,000 with the Regents of the University of California, Riverside to develop an improved method to measure particulate matter emissions from natural gas power plants. (PIER natural gas funding.) Contact: Marla Mueller. (5 minutes)
  18. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. Possible approval of Agreement FED 10 001 for a grant of $122,000 with the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, to advance the state of knowledge and conduct directed outreach and combined heat and power (CHP) field performance and implementation assessment activities related to further deployment of CHP in California. (DOE funding.) Contact: Bryan Neff. (5 minutes)
  19. CALPINE CORPORATION. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-060 for a grant of $410,000 to Calpine Corporation to develop a reservoir model and reopen three wells in the Caldwell Ranch area of the northwest Geysers to characterize geothermal reservoir capacity and explore redeveloping the area. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: John Hingtgen. (5 minutes)
  20. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. Possible approval of Contract 500 10 035 for $82,510 with the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, to study the relationship between fog, winter chill hours, and energy demand for heating in the Central Valley region. (DOE funding.) Contact: Sarah Pittiglio. (5 minutes)
  21. SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-034 for a $1 million grant to Sacramento Municipal Utility District to deploy advanced smart grid technologies throughout the Sacramento region. This award will be cost-share for the recipient's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 award. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining. (5 minutes)
  22. CITY OF GLENDALE. Possible approval of Agreement PIR-10-069 for a $1 million grant to the City of Glendale to install and operate a new advanced metering infrastructure/meter data management system for moving Glendale Water and Power to a smart grid for the benefit of its customers and to modernize its electric grid. This award will be cost share for the City's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 award. (PIER electricity funding.) Contact: Avtar Bining. (5 minutes)
  23. Minutes:
    1. Possible approval of the March 30, 2011, Business Meeting Minutes.
    2. Possible approval of the April 6, 2011, Business Meeting Minutes.
  24. Commission Committee Presentations and Discussion: Presentations or discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
  25. 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.
  26. Executive Director's Report: A closed session may be held on personnel matters. [Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
  27. Public Adviser's Report: The Public Adviser may report on upcoming events.
  28. 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.
  29. 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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