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In the Matter of: )      Docket No. 06-IEP-1O
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Preparation of the )        
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP
(IEPR) )       
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Notice of a Committee Workshop to Address
Clean Coal Technology and Carbon Dioxide
Capture and Storage



Workshop Agenda (Acrobat PDF file)

The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee will conduct a workshop to examine how clean coal technologies, CO2 capture processes for power plants and other industrial facilities, and geologic and terrestrial carbon storage (also called sequestration) can help the state meet its energy and environmental policy goals of providing sufficient energy resources for its growing citizenry while reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global warming.

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's On-line Meeting Service

To participate in the meeting using the WebEx onscreen and audio functions, please go to the following URL in your web browser on the date and time of the meeting:

https://energy.webex.com/energy/j.php?ED=92840132&UID=488013517

(If the link above does not work, go to: https://energy.webex.com/ and enter the meeting number: 924 740 725).

When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@9am.

Provide your phone number, when prompted, to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the workshop. Alternatively, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada).

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239.

Participation through Audio Only

If you do not have computer access and wish to participate in the meeting by phone, you can call 1-866-469-3239 (toll free in the U.S. and Canada).

Please be aware that the workshop's WebEx audio and onscreen activity may be recorded.

Purpose and Agenda

This workshop will examine how clean coal technologies, CO2 capture processes for power plants and other industrial facilities, and geologic and terrestrial carbon storage (also called sequestration) can help the state meet its energy and environmental policy goals of providing sufficient energy resources for its growing citizenry while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Workshop topics will focus on these major areas:

  • Clean coal technologies (some of which are also applicable to petroleum coke) and their commercial or developmental status;

  • CO2 capture and storage technologies and their commercial or developmental status;

  • Opportunities to combine biomass energy and geologic CO2 capture and storage in California;

  • California CO2 emission sources and CO2 capture processes potentially applicable to major point sources;

  • California geologic formations suitable for secure long-term CO2 storage;

  • Proposed California research projects to validate terrestrial and geologic CO2 capture and storage technologies.

Background

Executive Order S-03-05, issued by Governor Schwarzenegger in June 2005, established state targets for progressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, over various timeframes. For 2020, S-03-05 called for California to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels. This was codified into law with the passage of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which also explicitly stated that CO2 emissions associated with imported electricity should be included in the state's tally. Additional policy decisions, such as the creation of a CO2 emissions performance standard for long-term baseload power contracts (established by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Energy Commission pursuant to of SB 1368), help ensure that the electric energy California imports will contribute to reducing the state's "carbon footprint." AB 1925, authored by Assembly Member Sam Blakeslee, requires that the Energy Commission and Department of Conservation—in conjunction with the 2007 IEPR—develop "recommendations for how the state can develop parameters to accelerate the adoption of cost-effective geologic sequestration strategies for the long-term management of industrial carbon dioxide."

One approach with promise for meeting the deep cuts needed in GHG emissions is CO2 capture and storage (CCS), also known as carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration involves two primary means of CO2 capture and long-term storage away from the atmosphere: (1) industrial processes to capture CO2 at power plants and other stationary sources before it is emitted, allowing it to be stored securely underground (geologic sequestration), or (2) modification of land management practices for forests, rangelands, agricultural lands, and wetlands to remove more CO2 from the air and/or reduce CO2 emissions from these ecosystems (terrestrial sequestration). This workshop will update presentations made at a 2005 IEPR workshop on Clean Coal Technologies (see
http://www.energy.ca.gov/2005_energypolicy/documents/2005_index.html

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by May 25, 2007. Please include the docket number 06-IEP-1F and indicate Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee Workshop to address Clean Coal Technologies and CO2 Capture and Storage in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 10 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1O
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide an original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

The service list for the 2007 IEPR proceeding is handled electronically. Notices and documents for these proceedings are posted to the Energy Commission website [http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/]. When new information is posted, an e-mail will be sent to those on the energy policy e-mail list server. We encourage those who are interested in receiving these notices to sign up for the list server through the website [http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html].

For technical questions on Clean Coal, please call Arthur J Soinski at (916) 654-4674, or by e-mail at [ASoinski@energy.state.ca.us]. For technical questions on Greenhouse Gases and Sequestration, please call Kelly Birkinshaw at (916) 654-4542, or by e-mail at [KBirkins@energy.state.ca.us]. Questions regarding the 2007 IEPR proceeding should be directed to Lorraine White, IEPR Program Manager, at (916) 654-4075 or by email at [Lwhite@energy.state.ca.us]. Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

Dated: May 15, 2007



JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Chairman and Presiding Member
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report
Committee

JOHN L. GEESMANL
Commissioner and Associate Member
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report
Committee

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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