Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee (ATAS) Meeting
July 18, 2019
2019 Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Summit on MSW Organics
July 17-18, 2019
San Francisco, CA
California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) 43rd Annual Conference
August 11-14, 2019
Rancho Mirage, CA
Resource Recycling Conference
August 26-28, 2019
New Orleans, LA
RNG WORKS 2019 - Technical Workshop & Trade Expo
September 11-12, 2019
October 1-2, 2019
San Diego, CA
October 21-24, 2019
October 28-31, 2019
Southern California Waste Management Forum (SCWMF) Annual Conference & Exhibit
November 7, 2019
Pilot Project Will Turn Organic Waste into Clean Energy Source
San Mateo County is set to launch a pilot project that will convert organic materials into carbon-negative renewable natural gas. About 50 to 75 tons of organic material per day will be extracted from waste that would otherwise head to landfills and composting facilities using an Organics Extrusion Press. The organic waste will then be anaerobically digested. To read more, click here.
Cities Are Harvesting Spoiled Food to Create New Source of Natural Gas
Canadian municipalities are collecting household organics at the curb to create biogas at organics processing and wastewater treatment facilities. The City of Toronto is expanding and upgrading one of its organics processing facilities to purify biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG) and inject it into the natural gas grid. The city of Surrey in British Columbia is processing organic material collected from residences and apartment building to create RNG to fuel its garbage trucks. To read more, click here.
The Ready Now Alternative Fuel
UPS announced a seven-year agreement to purchase 170 million-gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) from leading natural gas fuel provider, Clean Energy Fuels -- the largest purchase of RNG in US history, for its global fleet. This massive commitment to RNG, which Clean Energy Fuels produces from organic waste, signals to the rest of the transportation industry that RNG is a leader in low-carbon fuels. With this new commitment, UPS will now be using almost as much RNG over the next year as it has over the past five years combined. To read more, click here.
$3.6M Non-Military Order for Land-Based Waste to Energy System for PyroGenesis
PyroGenesis Canada has received a $3.64 million purchase order for a waste treatment system that transforms waste to syngas, which can then be used to make electricity, heat, or fuels, as required by the end-user. The system converts the inorganic fraction of waste into a glassy slag which is inert, non-toxic, and has been demonstrated to be suitable as building material. To read more, click here.
POLICY & LEGISLATION
Revised Draft of Senate Bill 1383 Regulations
The second formal draft of the Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) regulations is now available for public review and comment. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the statewide disposal of organic waste by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The law establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of edible food that is currently disposed of is recovered for human consumption by 2025. CalRecycle presented the second formal draft at a public workshop on June 18, 2019 in Diamond Bar, California. Comments must be submitted by 1:00 PM on July 17, 2019. More information on the workshop and regulations can be found here.
Renewable Gas: A Sound Option to Fight Organic Waste
With the passage of Senate Bill 1383 in 2016, California looks towards realizing the well-documented benefits of renewable gas produced from organic waste as a clean, renewable alternative to fossil natural gas. Renewable gas can be used to displace fossil natural gas that otherwise fuels end-use applications including space and water heating, cooking appliances, heavy-duty vehicles and stationary fuel cells. According to the California Air Resources Board, in addition to the ultra-low and even carbon-negative footprint of the fuel, renewable gas projects can produce significant reductions in a multitude of local pollutants including nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia. To read more, click here.
SoCalGas Offering $100,000 in Grants to Help Cities Prepare for Climate Change Risks
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced it will continue its grant program that helps California cities become more resilient in the face of climate change risks such as flooding, wildfires, extreme heat, drought, sea level rise, and other extreme weather events. According to SoCalGas, having a diverse energy supply that includes renewable natural gas gives cities the ability to recover more quickly from disasters and reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. The competitive grant program provides $50,000 to each of two municipalities in the utility''s service territory. To read more, click here.
Southington Plant Turns Food Waste to Energy, Owners Say Theres Lot of Expansion Room
Quantum Biopowers Southington facility in Connecticut currently recycles 40,000 tons of food waste into energy and fertilizer per year, a small fraction of the 500,000 tons that the state produces each year. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a co-sponsor of The Clean Energy for America Act, states that federal tax incentives for food-waste-to-energy operations could vastly expand how much scrap food is diverted from the trash stream. To read more, click here.