BAC submitted comments on CalRecycle’s October 2019 draft of regulations to implement the organic waste diversion requirements of SB 1383. CalRecycle expanded the list of eligible alternatives to landfilling to include electricity, heating, and vehicle production from diverted organic waste. The draft regulations also include electricity generation from biomass conversion, but the October draft deleted pipeline biogas, which could exclude the use of biogas for cooking, commercial and industrial purposes.
SB 1383 (Lara, 2016) requires local jurisdictions to divert 50 percent of organics going to landfills by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. In October, CalRecycle released the nearly final regulations to implement these requirements. The regulations focus on procurement of bioenergy or compost as the compliance mechanism and establish specific procurement amounts. For bioenergy, the draft regulations allow conversion of diverted organic waste to electricity, heating, and vehicle fuel. The draft regulations also allow biomass conversion to electricity.
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 Governor and Legislature have reached agreement on how to spend $1.4 billion in Cap & Trade auction revenues. The bioenergy related funding allocations in the Cap & Trade Investment Plan are:
- $175 million for clean vehicle rebate program
- $180 million for clean trucks, buses and offroad vehicles
- $112 million for agricultural diesel engine replacement
- $12.5 million for low carbon fuel production
- $5 million for Healthy Soils
- $210 million for healthy forests and forest carbon
- $99 million for dairy methane reduction
- $25 million for waste diversion
- $40 million for transformative climate communities/research
This is the full Cap & Trade Investment Plan 2018-19
California’s Legislature has passed a package of bills to extend the state’s Cap & Trade program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 2030. The bills passed with a 2/3 vote, which provides much greater legal certainty for the programs than they have had for the past decade. Although California extended AB 32 with legislation – SB 32 – that passed in 2016, SB 32 passed with only a majority vote. That was sufficient to extend regulatory programs to reduce climate pollution and to increase the required reduction to a 40 percent reduction by 2030. The Governor wanted a 2/3 vote for extension of the Cap & Trade program, however, since it involves an optional fee to purchase allowances and could be subject to legal challenges without a 2/3 vote.
The three bills included in the 2/3 vote are:
1) AB 398 (E. Garcia) – extends Cap & Trade and the LCFS programs to 2030; states that the intent of the Legislature is that cap & Trade revenues will focus on reduction of short-lived climate pollutants and other air pollutants, healthy forests and sustainable agriculture, low and zero carbon fuels, and R&D related to clean energy and climate issues.
2) AB 617 (C. Garcia) – increases monitoring and penalty provisions for air quality protection.
3) ACA 1 – requires that an initiative be placed on the 2018 ballot that asks voters to require a 2/3 vote in 2024 to authorize expenditure of Cap & Trade revenues.
California state agencies released the Draft Forest Carbon Plan in January 2017. The Draft Plan contains a lot of important background information, but is not specific enough to provide a real plan to reduce emissions and restore carbon sequestration to California’s forests.
In January, the California Air Resources Board released the Climate Change Scoping Plan Update, which includes strategies and alternatives to meet the state’s 2030 emissions reduction goals.
Read the 2030 Scoping Plan Update (Jan 2017)
BAC submitted comments on the Air Resources Board’s Discussion Draft, released December 2016, on how to meet the state’s 2030 climate change targets. BAC’ strongly supports ARB’s recommendations for renewable gas, but urges ARB to include greater transparency in the Scoping Plan.
State agencies released an updated strategy to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in November 2016. The updated draft is focused on strategies to reduce methane emissions and human-caused black carbon emissions. Although SB 605 (Lara, 2014) requires a comprehensive strategy to address all major sources of SLCP’s, the current draft omitted any strategy to reduce black carbon from wildfire, which is the single largest source of SLCP’s. BAC’s Comments on the updated draft urge the state to restore sections on black carbon from wildfire, which had been included in earlier drafts, as required by SB 605. The Comments also urge the state to allocate a higher share of Cap & Trade revenues to SLCP reduction and to identify important research needs for SLCP reduction.