For Immediate Release: April 8, 2010
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb, California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4989


New Panel Considers Statewide Policy on Carbon Capture and Storage
First meeting to be held in Sacramento on April 22

WHAT: Public Meeting at 8 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010

WHERE: Paul Bonderson Building, 901 P Street, Sacramento - 1st Floor Hearing Room

Background: The first meeting of the California Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010. The Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, Air Resources Board, have formed this an independent panel to review carbon capture and storage (CCS) policy and develop recommendations that could help guide legislation and regulations regarding CCS in the California. Carbon Capture and Storage has been identified as a potential strategy in combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial uses in California. Other interested state agencies include the Department of Conservation and the State Water Resources Control Board.

The goals of this independent panel will be to: identify, discuss, and frame specific policies addressing the role of carbon capture and storage in meeting the state's energy needs and greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2020 and 2050. Additionally the panel will support development of a legal/regulatory framework for permitting proposed carbon capture and storage projects consistent with the state's energy and environmental policy objectives. Panel members were selected because of their strong interest and record of accomplishment in developing energy and environmental public policy.

Panel Members

The following experts comprise the California Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Review Panel:

  • Carl Bauer, Retired Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory and Chairman CCS Review Panel
  • Sally Benson, Director Global Climate & Energy Program (GCEP), Stanford University
  • John E. Bryson, Retired Chairman and CEO, Edison International
  • Kipp Coddington, Partner, Mowrey Meezan Coddington Cloud LLP (M2C2)
  • David G. Hawkins, Director of Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • John King, Chairman, North American Carbon Capture & Storage Association
  • Kevin Murray, Managing Partner, The Murray Group
  • Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association
  • Edward Rubin, Professor of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dan Skopec, Chair, California Carbon Capture and Storage Coalition

Panel members are asking for input from stakeholders and can direct and review informational material provided by a technical advisory team. Meetings and following discussion will focus on identifying and evaluating legal and regulatory barriers to deploying carbon capture and storage; considering carbon capture and storage policy frameworks used elsewhere, and identifying gaps, alternatives, and applicability in California; and developing specific committee recommendations.

A final report that discusses the major barriers identified, specific recommendations for resolving the regulatory and legal barriers, and the policy rational for the recommendations is expected by November 2010.

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