Gino DiCaro

Mandatory greenhouse gas emissions limits to be debated in August

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 21, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

One of the biggest bills to be considered when legislators return in August is AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) which would impose enforceable limits on greenhouse gas emissions to meet reduction goals set out by the Governor in his executive order last year. The business community is opposed to the bill because it would hurt the California economy for little or no benefit to the global environment.

AB 32 and other important energy policies will be topics at the upcoming CMTA Energy Conference at South Lake Tahoe July 26 - 28.

Panel discussions include: green implementation issues; combined heat and power as a cost-effective GHG mitigation strategy; the trade-offs of reducing conventional generation and transmission investments; rate and economic impacts of green energy policies; and, addressing global climate change.  The regulators panel on Friday, July 28 will ask the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission, the following question: "How can we accomplish green energy goals, develop a healthy energy market structure and grow California's economy?"

This year's conference keynote speakers are Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission; and Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council.

    (It's not too late to register.)

All CMTA members have significant exposure to the increases in energy costs that could result from passage of AB 32.  Please contact Joe Lyons to receive regular communications about the status of the bill, lobbying efforts and how you can help.  He is at 916-498-3311 and
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