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newsrel -- Carbon Capture and Storage Can Help Reduce California GHG Emissions

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 14:11:10
Expert Panel releases findings and recommendations. 

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2011

Media Contacts: Adam Gottlieb, California Energy Commission,
(916) 654-4989
Stanley Young, Air Resources Board, (916) 322-2990
Terrie Prosper, California Public Utilities Commission, (415)

Carbon Capture and Storage Can Help Reduce California GHG

Expert Panel releases findings and recommendations

SACRAMENTO ‐ An independent review panel concluded in a
recent report that Californians would benefit from
long‐term geologic storage of carbon dioxide to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
Review Panel, formed last year by three state agencies ‐
the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) –
presented its findings and recommendations in their January 2011
final report.
“It is essential that as we move towards reaching the state’s
greenhouse gas reduction goals, every viable technology is
considered,” said Vice Chair James Boyd, California Energy
Commission. “We are extremely grateful to the members of the
Review Panel who freely gave their time and expertise to evaluate
carbon capture and storage as part of the solution to climate

The Review Panel, composed of experts from industry, trade
groups, academia and an environmental organization, was asked by
the agencies to provide advice on the policies, institutional and
regulatory changes required to enhance developing and using
carbon capture and storage in California to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. Five public meetings were held last year to help
identify key issues and frame the recommendations that would
allow the state to include carbon capture and storage as an
additional technology that would help meet California’s 2020 and
2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
Said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey, “This is an important
first step in providing the pathway for geologic carbon
sequestration projects in California while ensuring safety and
proper stewardship for our natural resources. CCS is a necessary
tool to address climate change and reduce emissions during the
transition to non‐emitting sources of energy over the
coming decades.”

In addition to agreeing that there is a public benefit from
long‐term storage of carbon dioxide as a strategy to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, the Panel found that there are also
numerous challenges to large‐scale projects are implemented
and offered recommendations to resolve or begin a process to
resolve some of those challenges. The Panel also concluded that
there must be clear, efficient and consistent regulatory
requirements and authority for permitting all phases of these
projects in California including carbon dioxide capture,
transport and storage.

The Panel recommended that California agencies recognize
regulated carbon capture and storage as a measure that can safely
and effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Recommendations
also included that the ARB should consider projects that store
carbon dioxide as a viable carbon reduction measure and define
accounting tools for measuring the stored carbon dioxide so that
the carbon reductions can be valued and counted for compliance
with California’s climate change regulations. Additionally, the
Panel recommended designating the Energy Commission as the lead
agency to prevent significant environmental impacts in carbon
capture and storage projects.
“Carbon capture and storage shows promise as a climate change
mitigation strategy, and the Review Panel findings identified
important next steps including development of methods for
emissions monitoring, verification and reporting,” said Mary D.
Nichols, ARB Board Chairman.

Additionally, a Technical Advisory Team, including experts from
state agencies and private industry, published a series of papers
that provided valuable data and analysis supporting the report’s

The Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel Report and the
supporting technical documents are available from the Climate
Change Portal at:

Panel members were selected because of their strong interest and
accomplishments in developing energy and environmental public

Nationally recognized experts comprised the California Carbon
Capture and Storage 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 Fielder, President, Southern California Edison
Kipp Coddington, Partner, Mowrey Meezan Coddington Cloud LLP
George Peridas, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense
John King, Chairman, North American Carbon Capture & Storage
Kevin Murray, Managing Partner, The Murray Group 2
Catherine Reheis‐Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum
Edward Rubin, Professor of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie
Mellon University
• Dan Skopec, Chair, California Carbon Capture and Storage


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