Wednesday, October 26, 2011

California bill a win for biogas - Biomass Power and Thermal

Anaerobic Digestion News

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 489, a law that allows small-scale biomass and biogas projects (1 megawatt or less) to qualify for the state’s Net Energy Metering program.


NEM allows a customer/generator to receive a financial credit for power generated by their on-site system and fed back to the utility. The credit is used to offset the customer's electricity bill. 

Previously, the NEM program applied only to wind and solar power generators. SB 489, or the Renewable Energy Equity Act, sponsored by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Calif., allows all kinds of renewable energy forms to qualify for NEM.

“The most important component of this bill is its name,” said Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council. “Parity among all renewables is extremely important to be able to compete fairly in the market place.”

Serfass said he believes the majority of biogas projects will now be eligible for NEM, particularly farm- and wastewater-based projects. “If you look at the number of farm-based digesters in California, the number is about 11, which is really small considering what is possible. Out of the three main biogas feedstocks in California—ag waste, municipal solid waste and wastewater—two are directly related to the population, and California has a lot of people. The potential is massive.”

There are at least 30 landfills in the state that don’t have energy projects on them right now, according to Serfass. He added that the ABC is still looking into the exact impacts the bill could have, but said that it would definitely help new projects get installed and  into service. “This is a step in the right direction,” he said.

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1 comment:

Michael Hebert said...

Mr. Brown, You need to address your states Elect. Companies to -PAY anyone making elect. per/kwh. - If I make 1Meg ( 5,000 / kwh ) enough for 5,000 homes a month, I need MORE then a $0.00 elect.bill at my house. I will run my own wires to my neighbors and sell it to them at a much reduced cost. Lets make the Elect. Co. buy our power, Make the Oil co. buy our Ethenal and Bio-disel and the Gas Co. our Bio-gas. Lets get REAL, WE ( the Independent Producers ) are on the out-side looking IN. Michael Hebert, MA