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Dairy and Livestock Subgroup #2: Fostering Markets for Digester Projects

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News and Upcoming Subgroup Meetings

  • The next Main Working Group meeting has been announced for January 5, 2018. A notice was broadcast via listserv and a copy can be viewed here
  • Subgroup #2 (Digester Projects) has announced that its next meetings will take place on December 13, 2017. The previously scheduled November meeting has been cancelled. A revised public notice has been posted and an agenda will be posted when finalized. 
  • Docket is now open and comments can be submitted or viewed below.

Subgroup #2 Mission Statement

Establish a roadmap, attentive to the SB 1383 statute dates of July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2024, to significantly expand the number of livestock digester projects in California that support the state's climate and air quality goals. The roadmap will identify both commercial ready and emerging technologies and approaches for converting manure and digestate into energy and other value added products. This will be accomplished by assembling a comprehensive overview and discussion of dairy digester projects, including identification of potential impacts, benefits, and barriers to scaling up digester projects. Through  the process, the subgroup will bring state agencies and stakeholders together to identify and recommend the necessary (1) infrastructure policies, (2) procurement policies, (3) funding sources, and (4) environmental policies to achieve a sustainable model for the dairy and livestock industry.

Key Topics

Existing Policies and Programs
  • Identification and improved integration of existing public policies, incentives and programs that support dairy digester projects
Infrastructure Policies
  • Identify the infrastructure policies needed to support the rapid development of dairy digester projects.
    • The CEC, in consultation with ARB and the CPUC, is to establish recommendations for the development and use of renewable gas, including biomethane and biogas as part of its 2017 IEPR (SB 1383)
    • ARB, in consultation with the CPUC and CEC shall establish the energy infrastructure development needed to encourage dairy biomethane projects (SB 1383 - by January 1, 2018)
    • The CPUC is to direct gas corporations to implement not less than five dairy biomethane pilot projects to demonstrate interconnection to the common carrier pipeline system. Gas corporations may recover in rates the reasonable cost of pipeline infrastructure (SB 1383)
Procurement Policies
  • Address the need for long term energy procurement contracts for digester projects
    • ARB, in consultation with the CPUC and CEC, is to establish energy procurement policies needed to encourage dairy biomethane projects (SB 1383 - by January 1, 2018)
    • ARB shall develop a pilot financial mechanism to reduce the economic uncertainty associated with the value of environmental credits, including credits pursuant to the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations from dairy-related projects producing low-carbon transportation fuels (SB 1383)
Funding Sources
  • Address the need and requirement(s) for additional incentive funding to support the rapid development of dairy digester projects 
  • Address opportunities and conditions required for long-term financial viability and investment
Environmental Policies
  • Address emissions and potential emission reduction opportunities for GHGs, criteria, toxic, and noxious pollutants
Permitting Policies
  • Identify permitting barriers for sustainable dairy digester projects and recommendations to overcome them
Other Discussion Topics
  • Tradeoffs between different biogas uses, such as transportation fuel and electric power generation
  • Actions needed to further develop markets for vehicle fuel, energy, soil amendments and other products derived from the digestion process

Deliverables

  • Summary of Value Added Products from Digesters: Identification of key current and emerging technologies and approaches for converting manure and digestate into useful products including fuel/energy. The assessment will characterize products by technology readiness and outline general opportunities and issues.  
  • Pipeline-Injected Biomethane: Recommendations that can increase pipeline injection of biomethane, including market development incentives, cluster identification, policy development, regulatory or legislative action, removing barriers, and support the SB 1383 pilot project process.
  • Electricity Generation and Grid Interconnectivity: Recommendations for cost-effective ways to further reduce criteria pollutant emissions for on-site electricity generation projects, including market development incentives, policy development, removing barriers, and regulatory or legislative action.
  • Transportation Fuel Markets: Recommendations to increase biomethane access to vehicle fuel markets, including market development incentives, policy development, regulatory or legislative action, removing barriers, and strategies to identify potential fleets and fuel networks/retailers.

Subgroup Members 

Member Affliation
  • Michael Boccadoro (co-chair)
  • West Coast Advisors
  • Jim Lucas (co-chair)
  • Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
  • Ryan Schuchard (co-chair)
  • CALSTART
  • Kevin Abernathy
  • Milk Producer's Council
  • Fariya Ali
  • Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
  • Neil Black
  • California Bioenergy (CalBio)
  • Rebecca Boudreaux
  • Oberon Fuels
  • Peter Drasher
  • Black Bear Assets
  • Genevieve Gale
  • Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition
  • Brian Gannon
  • BioGas Energy
  • Cliff Gladstein
  • Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)
  • Kevin Hamilton
  • Central California Asthma Collaborative
  • Bonnie Holmes-Gen
  • American Lung Association 
  • Steve Larsen
  • Ruan
  • Thomas Lawson
  • California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
  • Lynne McBride
  • California Dairy Campaign
  • Graham Noyes
  • Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
  • Geovany Osorio
  • Maas Energy
  • Lorelei Oviatt
  • Kern County (Planning and Development Department)
  • John Shears
  • Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)
  • Chris Shimoda
  • California Trucking Association
  • Moses Stites
  • Fresno County Rural Transit Agency
  • Peter Weisberg
  • Climate Trust
  • Grant Zimmerman
  • ampCNG
  • Bill Zobel
  • Trillium CNG

Public Meetings

Date Time Location Materials and Links
December 13, 20179:00 AM – 1:00 PMCA Department of Food
and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
October 12, 2017  12:30 PM – 4:30 PM CA Department of Food
and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
September 7, 2017 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
CA Department of Food
and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814

August 10, 2017 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM Cal/EPA Building
Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California  95814
June 26, 2017
(Kickoff Meeting)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cal/EPA Building
Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California  95814

 

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Staying in Touch

To receive electronic notices of future meetings and availability of materials related only to Subgroup #2 (Fostering Markets for Digester Projects), you can sign up with the subgroup list server at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/CARB/subscriber/new?topic_id=dsg2


For information, please contact:
Dan Weller at  sweller@arb.ca.gov

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