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[GreenYes] Governor Announces Bioenergy Action Plan for CA



Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Bioenergy Action Plan for California

Touting the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy, Gov.
Schwarzenegger today announced the
Action Plan which outlines ways for California to bring alternative
energy into the mainstream and reduce dependency on foreign fossil fuels.

Biofuels, such as ethanol, can be developed from specially grown
crops such as corn and sugar cane, to produce clean, renewable
transportation fuels or electricity. Fuels can also be developed
from naturally occurring waste, such as rice straw, animal waste and
municipal solid waste. The Governor announced the action plan after
touring the Pacific Ethanol plant in Madera County that will come
online within the next few months to produce 35 million gallons of
ethanol annually.

"Our state is a biomass goldmine with tremendous resources found in
our agriculture, forestry and urban waste," said Governor
Schwarzenegger. "Taking full advantage of our resources will be a
huge step towards energy independence and reducing pollution and
greenhouse gases -- while at the same time revitalizing many of our
rural and agricultural areas."

The Bioenergy Action Plan focuses on ways to create a positive
environment for bioenergy development to help attract new facilities
and investment in California. It commits state agencies to take
detailed actions within a specific timeframe to advance the use of
bioenergy in California. The plan is also designed to improve state
agency coordination on bioenergy and expand and accelerate research
and development, including partnerships with the federal government
and private sector.

The Plan was compiled by an interagency task force established by the
Governor last year. The task force, led by the California Energy
Commission (CEC), held a public workshop on March 9, 2006 and
gathered input from more than sixty stakeholders.

"New markets for agriculture and forest waste mean more jobs and
opportunities throughout California communities. This is another
perfect example of a healthy environment and a healthy economy going
hand-in-hand," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

In April, the Governor issued an
<>executive order
establishing targets for the use and production of bioenergy products
as an integral part of California's Renewable Portfolio Standard
(RPS). To achieve these targets, he directed the California Energy
Commission (CEC), the Resources Agency and other state agencies to
collaborate, research, promote and identify funding to advance
biomass programs in California. The executive order also formalizes
the Governor's directive for state agencies to meet specific goals,
which are detailed in the Bioenergy Action Plan.

According to the executive order, California will produce a minimum
of twenty percent of its own biofuels by 2010 and forty percent by
2020. Currently, of the 900 million gallons of ethanol consumed in
California (which is 25 percent of the entire nation's consumption),
only five percent is produced in California. Reaching the new targets
will help California achieve the accelerated RPS while signaling a
long-term commitment to encourage investment.

The executive order also calls for the use of biomass for electricity
to reach 20 percent within the state's RPS goals for 2010 and 2020.

Gary Liss & Associates
Fax: 916-652-0485

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