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In the Matter of: )      Docket No. 06-IEP-1O
Preparation of the )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP
2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report )      meeting info goes here
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Notice of Committee Workshop on
Geologic Carbon Sequestration Strategies

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The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee (the Committee) will conduct a full-day workshop to examine and discuss the technical, economic, and institutional issues regarding geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration as a climate change mitigation measure. As required by Assembly Bill 1925, the Energy Commission, in coordination with the Department of Conservation, is developing a report by November 1, 2007 for the Legislature that contains "recommendations for how the state can develop parameters to accelerate the adoption of cost-effective geologic sequestration strategies for long-term management of industrial carbon dioxide." Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member, and Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member of the Committee. Other Commissioners as well as the director and other officers of the Department of Conservation may attend and participate in the workshop. The workshop will be held:

9 a.m.

1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.

For details on Commission webcasts go to:

For details on how to participate via WebEx:
please see the "Participation through WebEx" section of this notice.

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).


This workshop will cover the results of assessments by internationally known experts in geologic CO2 capture and storage also known as carbon sequestration of the state of science and technology to support recommendations to the Legislature on how CO2 capture and storage could be implemented in California as a climate change mitigation measure. This effort will help to inform future policy and regulatory decisions related to geologic sequestration. In addition, it addresses the overarching aims of the State to 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. The workshop will focus on these major topics:

  • Geologic formations in California potentially suitable for carbon sequestration and their capacities;

  • Methodologies and data needs for site selection, characterization, and certification;

  • Technologies and needs for monitoring and verification through a carbon storage project's life cycle;

  • Risks and risk management;

  • Remediation and mitigation technologies;

  • Existing and analog legal and regulatory frameworks, indemnification and liability issues;

  • Capture, transport, and storage economics;

  • Industrial CO2 capture technologies.

The workshop will consist of presentations, followed by question and answer periods.

A draft of the report to be submitted to the Legislature will be posted approximately 10 days before the workshop.


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 Assembly Bill 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. S-03-05 sets a more aggressive GHG emissions reduction target for 2050 - 80% below 1990 levels. 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 SB 1368), help ensure that the electric energy California imports will contribute to reducing the state's "carbon footprint." The legislation also requires the Energy Commission to conduct two full-day workshops to describe the analyses of various electricity system scenarios as part of the 2007 IEPR proceeding and receive input from stakeholders.

AB 1925, authored by Assembly Member Sam Blakeslee, requires that the Energy Commission, in coordination with the Department of Conservation, submit a report to the Legislature, also to be included in the 2007 IEPR, that contains "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." AB 1925 focuses on geologic CO2 capture and storage, one approach with promise for meeting the deep cuts needed in GHG emissions. Carbon sequestration involves use of industrial processes to capture CO2 before it is emitted to the atmosphere at power plants and other large stationary sources, allowing the CO2 to be transported and stored securely underground in geologic formations such as depleted oil and gas reservoirs or similar well-sealed formations filled with saltwater that cannot be used for beneficial purposes. Geologic CO2 capture and storage is an emerging technology that holds particular promise for playing a major role in reducing GHG emissions in the critical period from 2020 to 2050. Information on collaborative CO2 capture and storage research in California and other western states can be found at [http://www.westcarb.org/].

Workshop Participation and Comments

The IEPR Committee requests participation of interested parties in the workshops and proceeding and encourages interested parties to present their views either orally at the workshop or through written comments. The IEPR Committee will take general comment from the public immediately following the workshop presentations.

Written comments on the workshop topics must be submitted by September 26, 2007. Please include the docket number 06-IEP-1O and indicate 2007 IEPR Workshop - Carbon Sequestration (AB 1925) in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit. If the original is more than 20 pages, please also provide 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 also encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization 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 File (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us].

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.

Participation through WebEx

WebEx is 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:


(If the link above does not work, go to: https://energy.webex.com/ and enter the meeting number: 928679817).

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.

Contact Information

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office is available to assist the public in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this workshop, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone at (916) 654-4489 or toll-free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pa@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in this hearing, 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 energy-policy/]. 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/list-servers/index.html].

For technical questions, please contact Kelly Birkinshaw at (916) 654-4542, or by e-mail at [kbirkins@energy.state.ca.us] or Elizabeth Burton at (925) 422-7330 or by email at [eburton@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].

Date Posted: September 13, 2007

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Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee
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Integrated Energy Policy Report Committee

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