GNA Article on Need for Biogas to Reduce Vehicle Emissions

California announced recently that it has met its 2020 climate target two years ahead of schedule.  Buried in the announcement, however, is the disturbing news that greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are continuing to go up.  This important article by Cliff Gladstein of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates explains that the state’s nearly exclusive focus on electric vehicles puts the state’s long-term climate goals at risk and ignores the near-term opportunities to reduce climate and air pollution by using biogas in low-emission natural gas vehicles.

Read the full article here.

California Awards $70 Million to Dairy Digester Projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture just announced $69.9 million in awards to dairy digester projects that will convert methane from cow manure to carbon negative biogas for transportation fuel and pipeline biogas.  According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, these are some of the most cost-effective investments that the state can make in greenhouse gas reductions.  They will also help to reduce pollution from dairies and from diesel-powered, heavy duty vehicles.  This is a win-win for the climate and for Central Valley air quality.

To learn more about the awards and the projects, click here.

 

California Bioenergy, Land O’Lakes Partner to Advance “Barn to Biogas” in California

CalBio and Land O’Lakes are creating an innovative farmer-led model for “barn to biogas” that can shape nationwide solutions to agricultural methane emissions reduction and unlock new revenue streams for dairy farmers.CalBio provides the expertise needed to develop, execute and manage on-farm methane digesters, as well as market R-CNG credits in California, in a manner that is cost effective for farmers. This partnership with CalBio will also help Land O’Lakes dairy member-owners in California to meet new state standards that call for a 40 percent reduction in dairy and livestock manure-related methane emissions from 2013 levels by 2030.

“CalBio’s dairy digesters are proven in California. We are excited to expand that work even further through this collaboration with Land O’Lakes and their member-owners in California,” said Neil Black, president of CalBio. “Our expertise and ongoing operational support will help dairy farmers make the most of a significant new revenue stream through biogas generation, while allowing them to stay focused on doing what they do best – producing wholesome, delicious food in a sustainable way.”

Learn more about the CalBio partnership.

BAC Members Receive $32 of $35 Million for Dairy Digesters

In late October, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the recipients of $35 million in grants for dairy digester research and development.   Of the 16 projects that received CDFA funding, 15 are being developed by BAC members Anaergia, Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC, California Bioenergy, and Southern California Gas Company.  Congratulations to all !!

See CDFA’s announcement and the project descriptions.

All Power Labs Featured in Sierra Magazine

Sierra Magazine, the magazine of the national Sierra Club, features an article about Tom Price, Director of Strategic Initiatives for All Power Labs.  In the article, Tom explains the many benefits of gasification of organic waste, how the technology works and why its starting to take off in California.

Read the article here.

 

Sacramento Bee OpEd – Why We Need Renewable Gas

George Minter, Senior Vice President of SoCalGas, explains that California needs to keep investing in its gas infrastructure and, especially, in renewable gas to meet the state’s climate goals. Capturing biomethane from landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as new facilities to produce biogas from organic waste, is critical to provide the lowest carbon fuels, renewable pipeline gas and renewable power that is available when wind and solar are not.

Read the full Opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee.

CR&R, SoCalGas Near Completion of Pipeline Biogas Project

CR&R and Southern California Gas Company are nearing completion of a pipeline biogas project that will transmit carbon negative biogas from CR&R’s facility in Perris, Riverside County to SoCalGas customers.  The CR&R facility is converting food and yard waste to biogas that can be used as a transportation fuel, for power generation, heating, cooling, cooking and other purposes.  Since the gas is generated from organic waste that would otherwise be landfilled, it is reducing methane emissions from landfills and emissions from the fossil fuels that is replaces, making it carbon negative.  When used in ultra-low emissions trucks, like CR&R’s waste trucks, it can cut air pollution and toxic air contaminants by more than 90 percent and can cut climate pollution by more than 100 percent.

Read more about CR&R and SoCalGas Pipeline Biogas Project

The Climate Trust Issues Report on Clean Energy Jobs

The Climate Trust, a BAC member, has assessed job growth and losses by energy sector, state and region of the country.  Its findings make clear that states with clean energy requirements and carbon policies are creating large numbers of new jobs – far more than are being lost in the coal industry, which has been shrinking for decades.  Nationwide, clean energy jobs have increased more than 400 percent just since 2010, from 175,000 jobs then to 800,000 jobs now, with the biggest gains in rural areas of the country.

Read the full article here.

BAC Member Sierra Energy Wins Roddenberry Prize!!

Sierra Energy has been awarded a prestigious Roddenberry Prize for its innovative FastOx system that converts waste to energy.  Sierra Energy is building a new waste to energy facility on the U.S. Army’s Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, which will be commissioned later this year, to help the Army meet its zero waste and zero net energy goals.  Sierra has several other waste to energy projects in development in California.

To learn more about the Roddenberry Prize and Sierra Energy, click here.

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SoCalGas and CR&R Break Ground on Renewable Gas Pipeline

BAC members CR&R and SoCalGas have broken ground on a new pipeline to bring carbon-neutral renewable gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time.  CR&R will produce the renewable biogas from food and yard waste that would otherwise  have gone to a landfill.  Instead, the organic waste will be converted to biogas to generate renewable power, cooking, heating and transportation fuels.  Increasing renewable gas use will cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while providing good jobs and economic development in Southern California.

View the announcement from SoCalGas and CR&R:  CR&R and So Cal Gas to Put Renewable Gas in Pipeline