Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Solano EDC to tackle greenhouse gas rules at next session

EDC to tackle greenhouse gas rules at next session

By Sarah de Crescenzo | Daily Republic | August 15, 2010 21:25

enhouse%20copy.jpg Wind turbines in the Montezuma Hills. The Solano Economic Development Corporation will feature a discussion on greenhouse gas reduction at their Aug. 26 breakfast. Photo by Brad Zweerink

FAIRFIELD - A panel of local business people will discuss the possible effects of state regulations aimed to reduce global greenhouse gases Aug. 26 at a Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast event.

Featured keynote speaker will be Steve Heminger, executive director of the California Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

'These are recent regulations that are going to be set by the end of September and will have an impact on a large cross-section of our business community,' Solano EDC President Mike Ammann said.

Heminger will explain the process the regulations will establish to reduce emissions to specific targets by 2020 and 2035.

MTC will give the California Air Resources Board a recommendation about appropriate reduction levels by the end of September, Ammann said. Heminger will be able to hear how Solano County business people feel about the issue at the talk.

'It's a complex issue but hopefully Steve's going to be able to simplify it and hopefully get some input back from our business community,' he said.

Ammann said this meeting is the beginning of what he hopes will be regional groups that meet and discuss how state regulations affect businesses regionally.

The breakfast event will begin with registration and networking from 7:30 to
8 a.m. and the program from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield.

It costs $25 for Solano EDC members (complimentary tickets available depending on membership level) and $35 for non-members.

To register, call 864-1855 or e-mail pat@solanoedc.org.