Bioenergy from organic waste can provide renewable power that is available 24/7 to complement wind and solar, while providing many other benefits to California. Bioenergy generated from organic waste cuts greenhouse gas emissions, reduces catastrophic wildfires, helps divert waste from landfills, produces organic soil amendments for California’s soils, and generates 2 to 6 times as many jobs as fossil fuel based power. California has adopted several policies to promote bioenergy, including the 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan and Senate Bill 1122 (Rubio), which requires 250 MW of new bioenergy projects in California. BAC is helping to shape the successful implementation of these and other policies to promote biopower development.

CPUC Decision Calls for 1,000 MW of New, “Firm” Renewables, Including Bioenergy

By Julia Levin | September 1, 2021

The CPUC’s Decision calls for 11,500 MW of new renewable power generation to offset the closure of California’s last nuclear power plant and several natural gas plants along the coast that use “once-through cooling.” The Decision also calls for 1,000 MW from “firm” renewable power – bioenergy and geothermal – that is available when needed and…

CPUC Revises BioMAT Program

By Julia Levin | August 26, 2020

The California Public Utilities Commission made significant changes to the BioMAT program, which requires 250 megawatts from distributed generation bioenergy that converts organic waste to electricity. The changes to the program include extending the program end date, converting the program into a statewide program due to the ratepayer and public benefits that it provides, providing…