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News Release
Commissions Host Coal Workshop in Portland May 24, 2006
May 19, 2006 (2006 - 008)
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR – 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 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.”
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.
Advanced Coal Workshop for West Coast Commissions:
IGCC Technology, CO2 Sequestration and Policy Directions
May 24, 2006
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel - Mount Hood Ballroom
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10:00 – 10:15    Welcome and Introductory Remarks
10:15 – 11:45    Policy Initiatives
  • Chairman Lee Beyer
    Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • President Michael Peevey
    California Public Utilities Commission
  • Commissioner Pat Oshie
    Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • Bill Keese
    Co-chair, Clean and Diversified Electricity Advisory Committee
    Western Governors’ Association
  • Panel discussion; Q&A

11:45 – 1:00      Lunch Buffet (at Sheraton, at own expense)
1:00 – 2:15        IGCC Technology and Commercialization Status
  • Stu Dalton
    Director for Generation, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Eric Redman
    Attorney, Heller Ehrman LLP
  • Michael M. Degernes
    Senior Credit Analyst, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Panel discussion; Q&A
2:15 – 2:30        Break
2:30 – 3:45        CO2 Capture and Sequestration Opportunities
  • Sally Benson
    Carbon Sequestration Project Leader
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Dr. Susan Capalbo
    Director, Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership
  • Charles Christopher
    CO2 Program Manager – Americas, BP Americas Inc.
  • Panel discussion; Q&A
3:45 – 4:15        Public Comment
4:15 – 4:30        Closing Remarks
Funding provided in part by the Energy Foundation.