Briefing Notice

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

406 Dirksen Senate Office Building


Overview Presentation 1:30 - 3:00 PM

(This will be followed by a technical discussion from 3:00 - 4:00 PM)

 The Low Carbon Fuel Standard:
A Climate Policy Solution for Transportation

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.
  • February 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. 1297).
  • May 8: Rep. Inslee (D-WA) introduced a Federal Low Carbon Fuels Act (H.R. 2215).
  • May 8: Senators Obama (D-IL) and Harkin (D-IA) introduced legislation to enact a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (S. 1324).


A distinguished panel will discuss the draft LCFS policy report, entitled "A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California," and the 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 Anthony Eggert, Energy Policy Advisor, University of California. Session panelists include:

  • Rep. Inslee (D-WA)
  • Alex Farrell, UC Berkeley Professor and Co-Director of Report "A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California"
  • Roland Hwang, Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Michael Goo, Majority Counsel, US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Eric Swedlund, Deputy Director, Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Senior Energy Industry Representative (TBD)


Technical Discussion Session: 3:00-4:00 PM

In this session, Alex Farrell, UC Berkeley Professor and Co-Director of Report "A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California," will present the technical details and challenges of implementing an LCFS.  This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


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

This briefing is open to the public and no reservations are required.  Please feel free to forward this notice. 

For more information, contact Fred Beck at 202-662-1892 (fbeck@eesi.org)
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Also Mark your Calendars for These Upcoming Events:

June 14th. The Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) and House & Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses present the 10th annual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo
  • House Cannon Caucus Room 345
  • Expo will include EE/RE technologies, interactive panel discussions with leading experts, and cocktail reception/award presentation by the SEC
  • Call 202-347-2774 for more information
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