The University of California has just entered into its fourth major contract to purchase biogas as part of UC’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality. “UC is leading the state’s transition to carbon neutrality with these long-term investments in renewable electricity and biogas,” said David Phillips, associate vice president of UC’s department of Energy and Sustainability. The most recent agreement is for biogas from a landfill in San Bernardino County, which would otherwise flare the biogas. Instead, the biogas will be conditioned and used on UC campuses to provide renewable power, heating, and cooling. When completed, the new project will provide enough biogas to replace all of the fossil fuel gas used on the UC Santa Barbara campus.
Biogas is also an important part of the UC’s climate resilience strategy as it can provide energy, heating, and cooling for microgrids and essential services during grid shut-downs or power shortages. In fact, UC Davis was able to provide power to SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) during a recent heat wave due to the university’s gas power plant.
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