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Governor Proposes California’s 2021-22 Budget

Governor Newsom has released his budget proposal for the remainder of FY 2021 and the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.  The Governor has proposed increased funding for wildfire mitigation, including funding for the use of forest waste, and for heavy duty vehicles.  The proposed budget also includes funding for Healthy Soils, agricultural engine replacement, restoration of natural lands, and a Climate Catalyst Fund to provide low cost financing for clean energy development and other purposes.  Unfortunately, the proposed budget does not include funding for organic waste diversion or dairy digesters.

The Governor’s January budget proposal is available here.

CDFA Announces Grants for New Dairy Digesters – Several BAC Members Receive Funding!

As part of its Climate Smart Agriculture program, CDFA just announced $67 million in grant funding for 43 separate dairy digester projects.  Together, the projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 7 million metric tons of CO2e emissions.  Several of the projects are part of larger dairy digester clusters that will combine the biogas they produce at a single cleanup location and inject it into SoCalGas pipelines.  Grant recipients include California Bioenergy and Calgren Dairy Fuels/Maas Energy.

The full list of grant recipients, their project descriptions, and the greenhouse gas reductions from each project is available on CDFA’s website.

California Awards $70 Million to Dairy Digester Projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture just announced $69.9 million in awards to dairy digester projects that will convert methane from cow manure to carbon negative biogas for transportation fuel and pipeline biogas.  According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, these are some of the most cost-effective investments that the state can make in greenhouse gas reductions.  They will also help to reduce pollution from dairies and from diesel-powered, heavy duty vehicles.  This is a win-win for the climate and for Central Valley air quality.

To learn more about the awards and the projects, click here.

 

Governor, Legislature Agree on $1.4 Billion Cap & Trade Investment Plan

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

ARB Proposal for Low Carbon Transportation Funding

In February, the California Air Resources Board released staff proposals on how ARB would spend the proposed $363 million in Low Carbon Transportation funding (from Cap and Trade revenues) if the Legislature approves the funding later this year.  The staff proposals include funding plans for Low Carbon Fuels and for Heavy Duty Vehicles.  ARB is holding workshops in March to discuss the draft plans.  Details about the workshops are available on ARB’s website.  The staff drafts are below.

ARB staff presentation on Low Carbon Transpo Investments (Feb2017)

ARB HDV 3-year funding plan (Feb2017)