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.
CalMatters has published an opinion piece by BAC’s Executive Director that highlights the need for bioenergy and green hydrogen to maintain a reliable and renewable power grid. The piece underscores the importance of bioenergy and green hydrogen to complement solar, wind and batteries, to provide long duration energy storage and flexible generation power, and to provide renewable fuel for microgrids and backup generators. The piece makes clear that California can have a 100 percent renewably powered grid, but needs both bioenergy and green hydrogen to ensure that power supplies remain reliable.
See the CalMatters piece here.
Bloom Energy, one of BAC’s newest members, has retooled its Sunnyvale storage facility to repair damaged ventilators that are badly needed in the fight against COVID-19.
WATCH: Governor Newsom speak at Bloom Energy to highlight the importance of this lifesaving work.
Thank you to Bloom and other companies that are stepping up to save lives.
BAC’s Executive Director, Julia Levin, wrote an article on why bioenergy is so important for California, published this spring in the Environmental Law News, a twice yearly publication of the California Lawyers Association. The article describes the importance of bioenergy for meeting California’s climate, air quality, and clean energy goals, the history of bioenergy in California, the obstacles, and what needs to be done to accelerate development of sustainable bioenergy.
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Some energy advocates and environmental groups have been claiming that the U.S. can meet all its energy needs with solar, wind and energy storage. The National Academy of Sciences has released a paper that criticizes that view as likely to be dangerously expensive if achievable at all. The NAS paper strongly recommends the inclusion of bioenergy in a low carbon portfolio to provide power that is easily dispatchable (available when needed) and that can be carbon negative.
Download the 6-page paper by the National Academy of Sciences: NAS – Need for diverse portfolio to decarbonize
The San Francisco Chronicle printed a Letter to the Editor by BAC’s Executive Director about the benefits of bioenergy for grid stability, to reduce landfilling and prevent burning of organic waste. The LTE focuses on Germany and Denmark, where bioenergy provides a much larger share of the countries’ renewable power than in California.
The Climate Trust, a BAC member, has assessed job growth and losses by energy sector, state and region of the country. Its findings make clear that states with clean energy requirements and carbon policies are creating large numbers of new jobs – far more than are being lost in the coal industry, which has been shrinking for decades. Nationwide, clean energy jobs have increased more than 400 percent just since 2010, from 175,000 jobs then to 800,000 jobs now, with the biggest gains in rural areas of the country.
Read the full article here.
Sierra Energy has been awarded a prestigious Roddenberry Prize for its innovative FastOx system that converts waste to energy. Sierra Energy is building a new waste to energy facility on the U.S. Army’s Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, which will be commissioned later this year, to help the Army meet its zero waste and zero net energy goals. Sierra has several other waste to energy projects in development in California.
To learn more about the Roddenberry Prize and Sierra Energy, click here.
See the Daily Breeze article on how LACSD is converting food waste to energy, reducing landfilling and providing renewable energy. Click here to read “Your Food Waste is Clogging up California’s Landfills. Here’s how Recycling Could Fix It.”