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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – January 2019



Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee Meeting (ATAS)
January 17, 2019
Alhambra, CA
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VerdeXchange Conference
January 27-29, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Compost 2019
January 28-31, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Zero Waste Symposium 2019
February 12, 2019
San Diego, CA

Rethink Methane Symposium
February 26-27, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Biomass Conference & Expo
March 18-20, 2019
Savannah, GA

BioCycle West Coast19

April1-4, 2019
Portland, OR


Festive Inauguration for the U.S.'' First Kompogas Plant In San Luis Obispo, CA
North America''''''''s first Kompogas plant opened in San Luis Obispo in November 2018. The dry anaerobic digestion plant will process up to 36,500 tons of green waste and biowaste per year. The biogas will be converted into over 6 million kilowatts per year of electricity, enough to power 600 homes per year. The plant will also produce over 20,000 tons per year of of compost and 1,700 tons per year of liquid fertilizer. To read more, click here.

Construction Begins at Anaergia''s Rialto Bioenergy Facility
Anaergia, Inc. announced the start of construction at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility.  The facility will convert 700 tons per day of food waste and 300 tons per day of biosolids into renewable natural gas, electricity, and fertilizer when construction is complete in 2020.  To read more, click here.

California Resource Recovery Project Secures Funding
Mustang Renewable Power Ventures announced the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project in Santa Barbara has received a bond from Santa Barbara County. The project includes an anaerobic digestion facility. The project will have the ability to process 74,000 tons of organic waste annually and will produce renewable power from biogas. To read more, click here.

New Energy Presses on With Cellulosic Ethanol
New Energy Blue LLC is close to finishing engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant in North Dakota that would turn wheat and corn field residue into ethanol for high-end renewable markets.  Planned to open in 2021, the plant would process 33 tons per hour of biomass and produce about 16 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol. The company hopes to market the fuel mostly into the California market that pays for reduced-carbon fuel. To read more, click here.

Codigestion Of Food Waste in the U.S.
The EPA surveyed 134 U.S. operators of anaerobic digestion facilities that accept food waste to identify the number of facilities in the U.S. and their locations, as well as to learn about their operations.  The EPA authored a report that provides a national picture of total processing capacity, tons processed, and biogas produced.  To read more, click here.

Inver Grove Plant Would Be First in U.S. to Turn Garbage into Ethanol
The Metropolitan Council of the Minnesota Twin Cities metropolitan area announced a preliminary agreement with Enerkem, Inc. of Canada for the construction of a $200 million plant in Inver Grove Heights. If approved, it would be America''''''''s first waste-to-ethanol plant and could be operating as soon as 2020.  To read more, click here.


Governor Newsom Proposes 2019-20 California for All State Budget
Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 California for All budget proposal to the Legislature today. The budget includes a cap and trade expenditure plan with an allocation to CalRecycle for waste diversion. To review the budget summary, click here.

Senate Bill 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Emissions Reductions Formal Rulemaking to Begin January 2019
In December 2018, the Director of CalRecycle approved the initiation of the formal rulemaking process for the Proposed Organic Waste Reduction Regulations to implement the requirements of Senate Bill 1383 (2016). SB 1383 requires California to reduce organic waste disposal 50 percent below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. The 45-day comment period is expected to begin in January 2019. To review the proposed regulations, click here

Governor Newsom Appoints Secretaries for California Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Food and Agriculture
This week, newly sworn-in Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Jared Blumenfeld as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the state cabinet-level agency established in 1991 to restore, protect and enhance the environment and to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality. He also appointed Karen Ross as the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the state cabinet-level department established in 1919 to promote and protect a safe, healthy food supply, local and global agricultural trade, and environmental stewardship. To view the press release, click here.

CMUA Capital Day, February 4, 2019
The California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) is hosting CMUA Capitol Day in Sacramento on February 4, 2019. CMUAs Capitol Day is where members join together to jointly advocate on behalf of Californias publicly owned utilities and water agencies. Participants will meet with state lawmakers to discuss priority issues in 2019. Leaders and staff of community-owned electric utilities and water agencies, mayors, city council members, board members, and other affiliated persons are recommended to attend. To view the event details, click here.

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