Word Document PDF Document

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611


COMMISSIONS HOST COAL WORKSHOP IN PORTLAND MAY 24, 2006

    May 23, 2006 -- The utility Commissions of Oregon, Washington and California are teaming up to host a workshop Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Oregon to explore the use of advanced coal technologies for meeting electricity needs in the West.

"While coal is abundant we need to also be aware of the global warming impacts from using coal to generate energy in the West," Oregon Public Utility Commission Chairman Lee Beyer said. "This workshop will explore the issue from a variety of perspectives."

"This is a very important topic and I'm happy to see our Commissions coming together to discuss and encourage innovative technologies that will help meet our energy needs while protecting our environment," said President Michael R. Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission.

The workshop will cover:

_ Clean energy policy initiatives in the west;

_ Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology;

_ Carbon dioxide capture and sequestration opportunities.

    _ Identification and demonstration;

    _ Mechanics and economics;

    _ Monitoring and verification.

More information is available here: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/static/energy/electric/climate+change/060524_coaltech.htm and the agenda is below.

The meeting will not have teleconference or webcast capabilities, but an electronic transcript and presentations from the meeting will be posted on the Oregon Public Utilities Commission website (www.puc.state.or.us) shortly after the meeting.

For more information on the PUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

###

---------------------------------------------------------

Agenda

Advanced Coal Workshop for West Coast Commissions:

May 24, 2006

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel - Mount Hood Ballroom

(More information on next page)

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

10:15 - 11:45 Policy Initiatives


11:45 - 1:00 Lunch Buffet (at Sheraton, at own expense)

1:00 - 2:15 IGCC Technology and Commercialization Status

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:45 CO2 Capture and Sequestration Opportunities

3:45 - 4:15 Public Comment

4:15 - 4:30 Closing Remarks

Funding provided in part by the Energy Foundation.

Top Of Page