BAC’s comments on 2014 Draft Integrated Energy Policy Report

The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years and an update every other year.  CEC introduced the draft 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report in November, 2014.

BAC submitted comments to the CEC supporting biofuels, biogas and issues addressed by the 2014 IEPR.  BAC makes specific recommendations to the CEC on how biofuels can provide immediate and significant GHG reductions, on the need to address pipeline access and cost issues for biogas, on the importance of leveraging funding for clean, low-carbon transportation, among other issues.

Read the Bioenergy Association of California comments here


Read the California Energy Commission 2014 draft IEPR here

Abstract to the IEPR Report:

The 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update provides the results of the California Energy Commission’s assessments of a variety of energy issues currently facing California. These issues include the role of transportation in meeting state climate, air quality, and energy goals; the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program; current and potential funding mechanisms to advance transportation policy; the status of statewide plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure; challenges and opportunities for electric vehicle infrastructure deployment; measuring success and defining metrics within the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program; market transformation benefits resulting from Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program investments; the state of hydrogen, zero-emission vehicle, biofuels, and natural gas technologies over the next ten years; transportation linkages with natural gas infrastructure; evaluation of methane emissions from the natural gas system and implications for the transportation system; changing trends in California’s sources of crude oil; the increasing use of crude-by-rail in California; the integration of environmental information in renewable energy planning processes; an update on electricity reliability planning for Southern California energy infrastructure; and an update to the electricity demand forecast.

BAC Comments on AB 118 Investment Plan

The Bioenergy Association of California strongly support the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program. Many of our members have received ARFVT funding for projects that produce low carbon and carbon negative transportation fuels, providing immediate greenhouse gas reduction and other benefits for California. Unfortunately, the Investment Plan Update reduces funding for biofuels and recent program solicitations exclude waste to fuel projects altogether, despite increasing evidence that bioenergy helps to meet multiple state policy goals including greenhouse gas reduction, reduced landfill waste, mitigation of catastrophic wildfires, job creation and economic development. We urge the Commission, therefore, to consider the recommendations below to ensure that the ARFVT program maximizes immediate greenhouse gas reductions, leverages private sector investment, and provides immediate economic and environmental benefits in California.

BAC Comments on LCFS Reauthorization

BAC Comments on LCFS Proposal

The Bioenergy Association of California offers its strong support for re-adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with two additions that will help to achieve the standard and meet other state policy goals. In particular, we urge the Air Resources Board to:

  • Finalize the fuel pathway and carbon intensity values for fuels derived from organic waste; and
  • Provide long term certainty for the value of low carbon fuel credits through a price floor and support for a Green Credit Reserve (AB 2390, Muratsuchi), which will enable developers to finance projects to produce low carbon fuels.

Many of BAC’s members currently produce, or are developing projects that will produce, low carbon and carbon negative fuels made from organic waste, including diverted food and other municipal organic waste, biogas from wastewater treatment facilities and dairies, and other organic waste sources. Yet these projects barely begin to scratch the surface of the organic waste that is available to produce clean, low carbon transportation fuels.

AB 118 Investment Plan – Staff Presentation

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Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Advisory Committee Meeting 

Presentation by California Energy Commission staff on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118). Program status update including funding opportunities by Jim McKinney, Program Manager, and update and scope of 2013-2014 Investment Plan.

AB 118 Investment Plan – Staff Draft

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The increased use of alternative and renewable fuels supports California’s commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce petroleum use, improve air quality, and stimulate the sustainable production and use of biofuels within California. Alternative and renewable transportation fuels include electricity, natural gas, biomethane, propane, hydrogen, gasoline substitute fuels, diesel substitute fuels, and other emerging fuel types. State investment is necessary to fill the gap and fund the differential cost of these emerging fuels and vehicle technologies.

Transportation fuels and vehicles are critical elements in California’s economy and society. However, nearly 96 percent of all transportation energy that Californians consume comes from petroleum‐based fuels. Depending on a single fuel type poses a number of significant challenges. The substantial rise in petroleum fuel prices over the last 10 years has created a significant impediment to economic growth. The 2007 State Alternative Fuels Plan set a goal of increasing alternative fuels use to 26 percent of all fuel consumed by 2022. Additionally, the state’s transportation sector accounts for nearly 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse emissions. Assembly Bill 32 (Núñez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006) established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and Executive Order S‐3‐05 established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.