BAC has urged CalRecycle to amend its draft regulations on SB 1383 to include all bioenergy end uses and all eligible conversion technologies to help meet the organic waste diversion requirements of SB 1383.
In January 2019, CalRecycle issued draft regulations to implement the organic waste diversion requirements of SB 1383 (Lara, 2016). SB 1383 requires local jurisdictions to divert 50 percent of organic waste away from landfills by 2022 and 75 percent by 2025. CalRecycle issued draft regulations in 2018, which BAC and others commented on to urge CalRecycle to allow all end uses of bioenergy produced from diverted organic waste and to allow all eligible conversion technologies to meet the diversion requirements.
In January, CalRecycle issued the first formal draft of SB 1383 regulations. See CalRecycle Proposed SB 1383 regulations (Jan2019)
The BioMAT Stepping Stones Guide provides a step-by-step guide to participating in the BioMAT (small-scale bioenergy) program, administered by the state’s investor-owned utilities.
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BAC and CASA filed joint comments fully supporting the CPUC’s Proposed Decision on changes to pipeline biogas standards and urged the Commission to begin a new phase to consider additional incentives for pipeline biogas and a biogas procurement program that includes all sources and conversion technologies.
BAC sponsored legislation in 2016 that required the CPUC to hire the California Council on Science and Technology to review California’s pipeline biogas standards for heating value (BTU) and siloxanes. CCST has recommended several changes, which the CPUC is now proposing to adopt:
- Reduce the heating value requirement from 990 to 970 BTU.
- Maintain the siloxanes requirement.
- Reducing the siloxanes monitoring and reporting requirements for biogas sources that are unlikely to contain siloxanes.
- Allow blending in certain locations where lower BTU biogas would not present safety risks.
BAC’s Comments on the CPUC’s BioMAT staff proposal focus on the need to accelerate BioMAT implementation to reduce climate pollution, landfilling, and burning of organic waste. BAC also recommends streamlining interconnection and adopting additional incentives to accelerate BioMAT project development.
CPUC staff has proposed some major changes to the BioMT program, including a five-year extension of the program from 2021 to 2026, changes to the pricing mechanism, fuel requirements in the forest BioMAT category, contract changes due to interconnection delays, and more. Comments on the Staff Proposal are due to the CPUC on November 29.
In recent amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the California Air Resources Board has proposed giving Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit to hydrogen and electric vehicle fueling stations, whether or not they provide low carbon fuels and regardless of the carbon intensity of the hydrogen or power provided. BAC and other biofuels producers submitted a joint letter objecting to this proposal as it would undercut the core strength of the LCFS program, which is based solely on the lifecycle carbon intensity of fuels. Picking technology winners and losers takes away the performance (science) based foundation of the LCFS program and makes if far less likely to achieve the state’s carbon and petroleum reduction goals.
In late August, the California Legislature passed SB 100 (de Leon), which increases California’s renewable electricity (RPS) requirement from 50 to 60 percent by 2030. SB 100 also requires the California Public Utilities Commission to plan for 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from RPS eligible or zero carbon power by 2045. These two provisions will help to keep renewable power growing in California and will force the CPUC to plan for a more diverse portfolio of resources to meet the 100 percent target in 2045.