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.