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BAC releases groundbreaking report:

"Decarbonizing the Gas Sector:

Why California Needs a Renewable Gas Standard."

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Biogas could replace 3/4 of all

diesel vehicle fuel in California.

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Bioenergy projects add jobs

and tax revenue for local economies.

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California uses only 15% of its organic

waste potential for renewable energy.

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Livestock is the largest source of

methane GHG emissions in California.

The Bioenergy Association of California

The Bioenergy Association of California (BAC) was established in 2013 to promote sustainable bioenergy development.  Bioenergy includes renewable electricity, low carbon transportation fuels and pipeline biogas generated from organic waste such as dairy and agricultural waste, food and yard waste, wastewater treatment, organic waste diverted from landfills, and forest biomass .  BAC’s members include private companies, public agencies, local governments, investors, consultants, nonprofits, individuals and others interested in promoting community-scale bioenergy generation.  BAC focuses on policy advocacy, public education and outreach, research, and industry best practices.

 

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/by Julia Levin

Governor Issues Emergency Order on Forests and Bioenergy

Go,vernor Brown issued a State of Emergency for California's forests on October 30, due to millions of dead and dying trees and the risks they present to public safety, wildfire, water supplies, and more. The Emergency Order calls for expedited action to develop new bioenergy facilities in high wildfire hazard zones, accelerated interconnection to those facilities, and funding from various agencies to increase bioenergy from forest biomass.
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/by Julia Levin

BAC’s Comments on Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy Draft

California is required to produce a strategy to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, primarily methane and black carbon, which have many times greater impact on the climate than carbon dioxide. The state's draft strategy includes strong recommendations to reduce methane from the solid waste and dairy sectors, but did not include strategies to reduce black carbon from wildfire, which causes 10% of California's total climate change emissions. BAC's Comments on the draft strategy urge the state to add wildfire specific strategies, identify critical research needs in all categories and more.
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/by Julia Levin

Governor Issues Emergency Order on Forests and Bioenergy

Go,vernor Brown issued a State of Emergency for California's forests on October 30, due to millions of dead and dying trees and the risks they present to public safety, wildfire, water supplies, and more. The Emergency Order calls for expedited action to develop new bioenergy facilities in high wildfire hazard zones, accelerated interconnection to those facilities, and funding from various agencies to increase bioenergy from forest biomass.
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/by Julia Levin

CPUC Allocates $40 Million to Pipeline Biogas

The CPUC has allocated $40 million in ratepayer funding to help pay the costs of pipeline interconnection for biogas projects. The funding allows $1.5 million or 50% of a biogas project's interconnection costs, whichever is less.
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/by Julia Levin

BAC-CASA Reply Comments on Cost Allocation

Joint Comments of BAC and the California Association of Sanitation Agencies on the need to allocate some pipeline biomethane costs to ratepayers and to use cap and trade revenues to help pay those costs.
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/by Julia Levin

BAC’s Comments on Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy Draft

California is required to produce a strategy to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, primarily methane and black carbon, which have many times greater impact on the climate than carbon dioxide. The state's draft strategy includes strong recommendations to reduce methane from the solid waste and dairy sectors, but did not include strategies to reduce black carbon from wildfire, which causes 10% of California's total climate change emissions. BAC's Comments on the draft strategy urge the state to add wildfire specific strategies, identify critical research needs in all categories and more.
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/by Julia Levin

GE, Phoenix Energy and Western Energy Announce Biomass Gasification Solution

BAC members GE/Western Energy Systems and Phoenix Energy have entered into an agreement for Phoenix Energy to buy a 1 MW generating system from GE/Western Energy to convert excess forest biomass into electricity, heat and biochar. The system will be used at the North Fork biomass gasification project to reduce wildfire risks, eliminate the pile and burn of excess biomass, and maintain carbon sequestration in California's forests.
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CalBio Dairy Digesters in the News

CalBio is developing two dairy digester projects in San Joaquin Valley. Together, the projects will provide 2 MW of renewable power and energy storage, both critical to meet California's clean energy goals. The projects will also provide revenue to the dairies and help to reduce pollution and odors.
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/by Katherine Mitchell

Governor Signs Bills Important to Bioenergy!!!

Governor Brown signed three important bills that will increase the availability of organic material for bioenergy, compost and other productive uses, rather than wasting it in landfills, and will promote a range of technologies to convert that feedstock to clean, renewable energy and transportation fuels.

BAC members include private companies, public agencies, local governments and others  working to promote sustainable bioenergy development in California.

BAC supports policies to promote renewable electricity, low carbon transportation fuels, pipeline biogas and greenhouse gas reductions from organic waste.

See news about BAC and its members and our calendar of events related to bioenergy.

Visit our library of bioenergy resources, including Fact Sheets, Presentations and Reports.