See BAC’s groundbreaking report on how to decarbonize California’s gas sector. The report describes the role of natural gas in California, the potential for renewable gas to generate power and fuels, and the need for a Renewable Gas Standard to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and increase energy security. Download BAC Report on Renewable Gas Standard. The report finds that:
- California imports more than 90 percent of the natural gas it uses, costing the state thousands of jobs and billions of dollars per year.
- Natural gas causes more than a quarter of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a significant source of air and water pollution.
- Organic waste alone can produce enough renewable gas to replace ¾ of all the diesel used by motor vehicles in California or enough electricity to power 2 to 3 million homes.
- Renewable gas produces two to six times as many jobs per megawatt as fossil fuel gas.
- Replacing just 10 percent of California’s gas supply with renewable gas would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tens of millions of metric tons per year, while cutting wildfire, air pollution and landfilling.