See the new Bioenergy and Jobs Fact Sheet developed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates for BAC and CNGVP. The fact sheet highlights the jobs and other economic benefits that bioenergy provides from a range of organic waste sources and bioenergy end uses, including electricity generation, pipeline biogas, carbon negative vehicle fuels, and more.
The Bakersfield Californian article highlights the many benefits of bioenergy production, from job creation to reduce air and climate pollution. It highlights the growth of bioenergy projects in Kern County and the opportunities for bioenergy from all organic waste sectors.
Read the article here.
In 2016, California enacted Senate Bill 1383 to reduce the most damaging climate pollutants, known as Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. The bill requires a 40 percent reduction in methane emissions and a 50 percent reduction in anthropogenic black carbon by 2030. As part of the methane reduction requirement, the legislation requires a 75 percent reduction in organic landfill waste by 2025. That means diverting more than 15 million tons of organic waste currently going to landfills and converting it to energy and compost instead.
CalRecycle’s regulations to implement the organic waste diversion requirements were just finalized by the state’s Office of Administrative Law. The key provisions related to bioenergy are contained in Article 12 (beginning on page 92), which sets out requirements for local jurisdictions to procure bioenergy and/or compost generated from the diverted organic waste.
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.
For more information about UC’s biogas plans, click here.