California Carbon Capture and Storage

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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been identified as a potential strategy in combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial uses in California.

Carbon Capture and Storage refers to the capture, or removal, of CO2 at large industrial sources and its subsequent compression, transport, and injection into the subsurface for long term or permanent storage. CCS is one option in a portfolio of mitigation tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; other technologies such as energy efficiency and renewable energy will remain cornerstones of California's efforts to control greenhouse gases. If CCS is to play a role in achieving California's greenhouse gas reduction goals, the statutory and regulatory ambiguities must be addressed and a consistent policy framework established. The framework would clearly establish the authorities and roles of various state agencies, facilitate and streamline permitting processes, and serve the public's interest in assuring climate change mitigation goals are met while protecting the environment and human health and safety.

Review Panel Materials

California Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel

In order to better understand the statutory and regulatory barriers to the use of carbon capture and storage technology as a strategy in combating climate change, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the Air Resources Board have formed a panel to review carbon capture and storage (CCS) policy and develop recommendations that could help guide legislation and regulations regarding CCS in the California. Panel members were chosen because of their strong interest and record of accomplishment in developing energy and environmental public policy.

Other state agencies interested and involved in the issue are the California Department of Conservation and the California State Water Resources Control Board.

The goals of the California Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel are to:

  1. 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.
  2. Review CCS policy frameworks used elsewhere, and identify gaps, alternatives, and applicability in California.
  3. Develop specific committee recommendations on CCS.

The information gathered from the public meetings of the Panel will be the basis upon which a final report will be developed by the Panel that identifies the major regulatory and legal barriers to CCS in the state, and gives specific recommendations regarding methods to address them and the policy rationales for the recommendations. A minimum of four meetings will be held with the goal of a report by late December or early January.

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 R. Fielder, President, Southern California Edison
  • Kipp Coddington, Partner, Mowrey Meezan Coddington Cloud LLP (M2C2)
  • George Peridas, Scientist, 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, Sempra Energy Utilities

More Information

For technical information please contact:

John Reed
California Energy Commission
Energy Research & Development Division
Energy Generation Research Office
Phone: 916-653-7963

News media please contact:

Adam Gottlieb
California Energy Commission
Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989