As noted in an earlier article (see Kern County may be the new hub of Climate Change technology), regulations related to Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases (GHG) may result in the increased use of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to meet the required reductions in GHGs that contribute to global warming. Because of the prevalence of certain crude oil and natural gas formations here, Kern County and the Bakersfield area are likely to be significant participants in the use of CCS technolgy.
Further support for CCS was just announced on Thursday by a special review panel of academic, environmental, industrial, and trade group experts. The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Review Panel, formed last year by the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the California Air Resources Board (ARB), concluded in its final report that Californians would benefit from long‐term geologic storage of carbon dioxide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“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.
With the help of five public hearings over the last year, the panel developed advice on regulatory, policy, and institutional changes necessary for the successful use of CCS in California in order to meet GHG reduction targets in the years 2020 and 2050.
CPUC President Michael R. Peevey said, “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.”
More information, including the press release and the complete report and its key findings, may be found at these links:
CEC,CPUC, ARB Press Release
CCS Review Panel Final Report
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