The Environmental and Energy Study
Institute (EESI) and the California Institute for Federal
Policy Research invite you to a Congressional briefing on low
carbon fuel standard policies and a draft policy report
developed by the University of California in response to
California's Executive Order S-1-07. Future transportation
energy policy must simultaneously address the challenges of
energy security AND global warming. The Low Carbon Fuel
Standard (LCFS) is a transportation sector-specific policy
which seeks to provide industry with the appropriate structure
and incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the
lowest cost and fastest pace by harnessing market competition
and preserving consumer choice. Since its original
introduction in California as the first early action item
under California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), the
LCFS has received significant national and international
support this year as detailed below:
- January 16: Senators
Sanders (I-VT) and Boxer (D-CA) introduced legislation
incorporating a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (S.309).
- January 31:
the European Commission proposed a European LCFS.
21: Senator McCain (R-AZ) endorsed a national LCFS.
- March 30:
Senators Collins (R-ME), Feinstein (D-CA) and Snowe (R-ME)
introduced legislation to enact a National Low Carbon Fuel
Standard (S. 1073).
- May 3:
Senators Boxer, Collins and Lieberman (I-CT) introduced
legislation incorporating a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (S.
- May 8: Rep.
Inslee (D-WA) introduced a Federal Low Carbon Fuels Act
- May 8:
Senators Obama (D-IL) and Harkin (D-IA) introduced
legislation to enact a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (S.
A distinguished panel will discuss
the draft LCFS policy report, entitled
"A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California," and
primary motivations, implementation issues, and compliance
strategies associated with a Low Carbon Fuel Standard for
California and the nation. The panel will be moderated by
Energy Policy Advisor, University of California. Session panelists
- Rep. Inslee
Farrell, UC Berkeley Professor and Co-Director of Report
"A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for
Hwang, Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense
Goo, Majority Counsel, US Senate Environment and Public
Swedlund, Deputy Director, Office of Governor Arnold
Energy Industry Representative (TBD)
Discussion Session: 3:00-4:00 PM
In this session, Alex Farrell, UC
Berkeley Professor and Co-Director of Report
Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California," will present the
details and challenges of implementing an LCFS.
This will be followed by a Q&A session with the
This briefing is open to
the public and no reservations are required. Please feel
free to forward this notice.
The LCFS policy
report was funded by the Energy
Foundation. Recent drafts of the LCFS policy
report and related documents can be found on the website of
the California Energy Commission: http://www.energy.ca.gov/low_carbon_fuel_standard/index.html
information, contact Fred Beck at 202-662-1892