California Energy Commission
WEDNESDAY, February 28, 2007
1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
Please see information at: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/
THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- 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.)
- WIND TOWER SYSTEMS LLC. Possible approval of a no-cost amendment to PIER agreement PIR-04-012 with Wind Tower Composites LLC for a name change to Wind Tower Systems LLC. The grant recipient has provided documentation of the company's name change in Utah and with the California Secretary of State. Contact: Peter Spaulding.
- UTILITY ENERGY FORUM. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-014 for $6,000 with Utility Energy Forum to co-sponsor the 27th Annual Utility Energy Forum in Tahoe City, California May 2-4, 2007. Co-sponsorship will give Energy Commission staff a voting position on the forum's steering committee and participation in discussions that will shape the forum's agenda and scope, as well as opportunities to participate as panel members or workshop leaders. (ERPA funding) Contact: Maura Clark.
- WEST PUBLISHING CORPORATION/THOMSON WEST. Possible approval of Contract 140-06-001 for $11,932 with West Publishing Corporation, d.b.a. Thomson West, for online legal database, research and information services. (ERPA funding) Contact: Liz Flores.
- SMITHER'S SCIENTIFIC SERVICES, INC. Possible approval of no-cost Amendment 1 to Contract 600-04-017 with Smither's Scientific, Inc. to eliminate Task 6 and modify the scope of work and deliverable due dates. The purpose of the contract is to conduct tire testing analyses on selected tires sold in California to examine longevity, safety, ease of recycling, and establish a useable database. Contact: Mike Trujillo.
- CALIFORNIA COMMISSIONING COLLABORATIVE. Possible approval of Contract 400-06-013 for $50,000 with California Commissioning Collaborative (CCC) to renew the Energy Commission's membership for one year. The CCC is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization committed to improving the performance of buildings and their systems. The CCC is made up of government, utility and building services organizations and professionals who have come together to create a viable market for building commissioning in California. (ERPA funding) Contact: Tav Commins. (10 minutes)
- U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY - LAWRENCE LIVERMORE LABORATORY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-033 for $450,000 with the U. S. Department of Energy - Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for technical oversight of data collection, distribution, and evaluation of statewide geothermal resources. (PIER electricity funding) Contact: William Glassley. (10 minutes)
- CENTER FOR CLEAN AIR POLICY. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-026 for $60,000 with Center for Clean Air Policy to renew the Energy Commission's membership for three years. (PIER electricity funding) Contact: Marla Mueller. (10 minutes)
- NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. Possible approval of Contract 500-06-032 for $75,000 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to perform supplementary research activities and specialized laboratory work for two PIER greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring projects (under contract numbers 500-06-019 and 500-06-006). NOAA will provide third-party validation of a breakthrough instrument capable of real-time isotopic GHG measurements that is under demonstration in a project with Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Additionally, NOAA will assist the GTI project and a related project with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory by providing laboratory analysis of air samples for halocarbons, important trace gases that help identify GHG emission sources. (PIER natural gas funding) Contact: Brian Ellis. (10 minutes)
- LOS MEDANOS ENERGY CENTER PROJECT. 98-AFC-1C. Possible approval of an amendment to reduce the annual particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) emission limit for the Los Medanos Energy Center Project from 131.6 tons to 69.2 tons and obtain an emission reduction credit refund from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Contact: Jeri Zene Scott. (10 minutes)
- RULES PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE & POWER PLANT SITE CERTIFICATION REGULATIONS. 04-SIT-2. Public Hearing and possible adoption of Revisions and Amendments to the Energy Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure & Power Plant Site Certification Regulations. Contact: James W. Reede, Jr. (15 minutes)
- GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS CAP RECOMMENDATIONS possible adoption of an Order Instituting Informational Proceeding to collaborate with the California Public Utilities Commission to craft and possibly adopt a set of recommendations to California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the electricity sector on the implementation of AB 32, which requires CARB to adopt a GHG emissions cap on all major sources, including the electricity and natural gas sectors, to reduce statewide emissions of GHGs to 1990 levels. Contact: Lisa DeCarlo (10 minutes)
- RETAIL PRICE FORECAST DATA REQUEST. Possible adoption of Forms and Instructions for Publicly Owned Utilities Submitting Retail Price Forecast Data. This publication represents a formal request to California's major publicly-owned utilities and for selected cost and sales data needed to prepare a ten-year forecast of electricity prices for the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Contact: Mignon Marks. (10 minutes)
Approval of the February 14, 2007, Business Meeting Minutes.
- Commission Committee Presentations/Discussion
A discussion by the Commissioners regarding Committee Oversight matters may be held.
- Chief Counsel's Report
The Energy Commission may adjourn to closed session with its legal counsel to determine whether facts and circumstances exist that warrant the initiation of litigation [Government Code Section 11126(e)(3)] or whether facts and circumstances exist that constitute a significant exposure to litigation against the Commission [Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)].
- Executive Director's Report
Closed session may be held on personnel matters.
[Authority: Government Code, Section 11126(a).]
- Legislative Director's Report
- Public Adviser's Report
- Public Comment
People may speak up to five minutes on any matter concerning the Energy Commission. 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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