LNG Study Bill Introduced

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 18, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla (D-Pittsburg) has introduced legislation, AB 993, requiring the California Energy Commission (CEC) to assess the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in meeting California's natural gas needs. The bill includes a cost/benefit analysis.

Existing law already requires the CEC to prepare an integrated energy policy report every two years and to conduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of the energy industry’s supply, including electricity and natural gas forecasting and assessment activities.

California's demand for natural gas is expected to grow significantly within the next decade. California's power plants rely on natural gas and our state only produces 16 percent of what we consume. To help meet that demand, LNG can play a larger role in the state's energy supply mix. LNG is natural gas that has been converted into liquid for transportation purposes and then converted back into "gas" when needed. This liquefied form makes it more economical to transport and therefore cheaper for businesses and consumers. LNG is transported by boat from other countries that have large natural gas supplies.

CMTA invites you to join a growing coalition concerned about a potential shortage of natural gas in California and the need for alternative sources such as deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy (Cal-CASE) will be helping educate the public throughout the state about this important issue.

There are dozens of organizations already signed up in support including CMTA, California Chamber of Commerce, California Retailers Association, Consumers First, Western States Petroleum Association, California League of Food Processors, and the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group.

Individual companies are also needed. To list your company's name as a supporter or to learn more, go to the Cal-CASE website.
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