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Allocating Cap and Trade (proceeds to BioEnergy)

Posted at May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014

UntitledToday the California Legislature is being urged by the Bioenergy Association of California to allocate funding specifically for bioenergy projects in the solid waste, dairy, agriculture, water and forestry sectors.  This funding will provide immediate and quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions in each of these sectors.  There are shovel-ready bioenergy projects that will create jobs and economic development, while providing numerous benefits for public health and safety.  Allocating cap and trade proceeds to bioenergy development will provide quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions and numerous other benefits including:

* Helping to reduce wildfire, which causes 52 percent of all black carbon emissions in California,[1] and maintaining carbon sequestration in California’s forests – ghg reduction of more than 10 million metric tons of CO₂ per year[2]

* Reducing methane emissions from dairies, wastewater treatment facilities and landfills – ghg reduction up to 25 million metric tons per year[3]

* Helping California to reduce landfilling of organic waste – ghg reduction of 5-10 million metric tons per year[4]

* Producing the lowest carbon fuels in existence, lower carbon per mile than electric or fuel cell vehicles, and helping California to meet its Low Carbon Fuel Standard

* Producing 10 percent of California’s electricity or transportation fuels from instate, renewable fuel sources
Reducing air and water pollution from fossil fuel use, including toxic diesel emissions from heavy duty vehicles and environmental justice impacts from diesel and other fossil fuel use.


[1][1] First AB 32 Scoping Plan Update, May 2014, at page 18.

[2] California Energy Commission, BIOMASS TO ENERGY: FOREST MANAGEMENT FOR WILDFIRE

REDUCTION, ENERGY PRODUCTION, AND OTHER BENEFITS, January 2010, CEC 500-2009-080.

[3] Id at page 21.

[4] CalRecycle paper on Composting and Anaerobic Digestion, September 2013.

If you want to weight in, send your comments to:

The Honorable Nancy Skinner, Chair

Assembly Budget Committee

California State Capitol

Sacramento, CA  95814

or

The Honorable Mark Leno, Chair

Senate Budget Committee

California State Capitol

Sacramento, CA  95814