Word Document PDF Document

_ Much has happened in California and across the west to advance the climate policy agenda.

_ I'm proud that our state is not just standing by and watching from the sidelines. We are actively engaged.

_ An example of California continuing to take a leadership role in the fight against climate change is evidenced by Governor Schwarzenegger, back in April 2006, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Governor Freudenthal of Wyoming.

_ And this is why I am very happy to introduce item 50.

_ This decision approves, as modified, Southern California Edison's request to conduct a study to evaluate the feasibility of a Clean Hydrogen Power Generation facility (CHPG).

_ The decision authorizes SCE upfront cost recovery of up to $4.6 million to participate in the Southwest Partnership.

_ The decision also denies SCE upfront cost recovery for work referred to as plant feasibility costs. Instead, it directs SCE to first seek out other sources of funding - public or private - before requesting ratepayer funding.

_ Also - and this is very important - the decision before us today is not giving SCE exclusive rights to construct and operate the facility. The decision effectively bifurcates the study necessary to determine if a CHPG facility is feasible from the construction and operation of the plant itself.

_ I believe that we are at a critical juncture in the effort to transform the way we produce and use energy. True resource diversity will emerge through the long term development of environmentally sound technologies.

_ As an emerging advanced clean coal technology, a CHPG plant would produce baseload electric power from coal - the largest domestic fossil fuel source in the U.S. - with minimal GHG emissions.

_ In closing, I want to reiterate that the most important development in California energy policy in the past two years, if not the past several decades, is reaching consensus that California must act to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of climate change.

Top Of Page