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BAC Applauds Re-Authorization of California’s Clean Fuels Program
The Bioenergy Association of California (BAC) applauds Governor Brown for signing legislation (AB 8, Perea) over the weekend that reauthorizes California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel Program. The Program provides
critical funding for facilities to develop clean, renewable transportation fuels while creating jobs and economic development.
The Alternative and Renewable Fuel Program was first created in 2007 by Assembly Bill 118 (Nunez) and continues to be known as the AB 118 Program. For many BAC members, it has provided funding to convert organic waste into much cleaner burning transportation fuels, creating jobs and new businesses in the process.
“As a direct result of AB 118 funding, CleanWorld has built two BioDigesters in the Sacramento Area and is developing a third at UC Davis, creating 94 construction jobs and 12 operational jobs,” said Shawn Garvey, Vice President of Clean World, a bioenergy development company based in Gold River.
Transportation fuels from organic waste are the cleanest fuels available and critical to reduce air pollution in California. According to the California Air Resources Board, fuels from organic waste and wastewater treatment gas are carbon negative because they destroy methane (a highly potent greenhouse gas) and reduce the use of diesel and other fossil fuels.
“We are very grateful for the California Energy Commission’s support, which has enabled Harvest Power to produce carbon negative transportation fuels from organic waste,” said Wayne Bishop of Harvest Power.
Harvest Power has received AB 118 funding for a project in Tulare County that will convert 40,000 tons of food and green waste into 650,000 gallons per year of renewable natural gas. “The AB 118 grant will help us to stimulate economic growth in Tulare County and will reduce air pollution by providing a much cleaner alternative to diesel.”
In Riverside County, AB 118 funding will enable CR&R to provide renewable natural gas for its waste and recycling fleet (about 700 vehicles) and to reduce landfilling of organic waste.
“Our AB 118 funding has been critical to the development of our 82,000 ton per year anaerobic digestion facility under development in Perris, Riverside County,” said Paul Relis of CR&R. “Although CR&R is providing the majority of the funding for this project, the AB 118 grant funds make the project economically feasible.”
BAC and its members thank the Governor and Legislature for reauthorizing AB 118, a critical program to reduce California’s dependence on fossil fuels and develop clean, renewable fuels that protect air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create good, local jobs.
The Bioenergy Association of California is an association of companies, public agencies, local governments and environmental groups working to promote sustainable bioenergy development in California. Bioenergy includes electricity, transportation fuels, combined heat and power, and biogas made from dairy, food, agricultural, forest, wastewater treatment and other forms of organic waste.
Julia Levin, Bioenergy Association of California, (510) 610-1733, firstname.lastname@example.org