California Energy Commission: “Biodiesel, renewable diesel “making tremendous gains…Market transformation is underway.”  

November 25, 2014 |

From California, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition acting head Graham Noyes writes to advise:

The California Energy Commission (CEC) held a workshop today in Sacramento regarding its 2014 Draft Integrated Energy Report Update (2014 IEPR).  The CEC prepares this biennial report to assess major energy trends in California and make policy recommendations.  As such, the IEPR should be regarded as a cornerstone of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction progress and contains metrics on program performance.

California is developing cost benefit metrics for its GHG reduction programs and these metrics are likely to impact how Greenhouse Gas Revenue Funds (GGRF) are spent.  The GGRF is anticipated to exceed $1B in annual revenue and expenditure beginning in 2015.

The Full report

Weighing in at 238 pages, the IEPR is daunting but its importance should not be underestimated.  The full report including an Executive Summary is available here.

The .ppt overview version

For an easier read, the CEC Powerpoint from today’s workshop provides an overview of key findings and recommendations here.
Noyes adds that “Biofuels fared remarkably well in the IEPR and were cited for their value in providing immediate GHG reductions.  Biodiesel and renewable diesel were described as “making tremendous gains.”  Overall, the CEC found that, “Market transformation is underway.”

Respond!

For businesses impacted by this transformation, the public comment period on the IEPR is open until December 8, 2014.  Here is the necessary information for submitting comments. The CEC advises to include the docket number 14-IEP-1 and indicate “Draft 2014 IEPR Update” in the subject line. Send comments to [email protected] and copy Stephanie Bailey, IEPR author, at [email protected]

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