August 2017 – In late August, Jim Stewart, the Association’s Chairman, addressed the Waste Conversion Technology Conference in San Diego, assessing the legislative and regulatory issues that inhibit the introduction of these technologies in California. Read his comments here.
July 2017 – On June 27th, the California Energy Commission jointly hosted a workshop with CARB and the CPUC to seek stakeholder input on developing and using renewable gas, including biogas and biomethane, for electricity production and transportation fuel. Read the comments submitted by the BioEnergy Producers Association addressing the goals of this workshop.
July 2017 – In connection with the conference referenced above, Evan Williams, President of Cambrian Energy, a major developer of landfill gas projects throughout the United States, was among the stakeholders concurring with the BioEnergy Producers Association regarding the need for conversion technology statutory and regulatory reform. Read excerpts from his comments to the CEC on this issue here.
November 2016 – The Bioenergy Producers Association releases a white paper authored by Jim Stewart, the Association’s Chairman, summarizing the issues inhibiting the production of biobased products in the state.
July 2016 – Stewart addresses a day-long conference on conversion technologies hosted by the Department of Public Works of Los Angeles County. Read his remarks here. See the full proceedings of this conference here.
July 2016 – At the same conference, Evan Williams, Chairman of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, addresses the need for conversion technologies to convert solid waste residuals into RNG for injection into California’s natural gas pipelines. View his Power Point presentation here.
February 2016 – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works releases a detailed study comparing the net GHG emissions from the disposal of residuals from a mixed waste Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)in a sanitary landfill with the processing of the same residuals at an Integrated MRF with CT. The complete peer-reviewed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Analysis proves the net environmental benefits of managing residual solid waste using anaerobic digestion and gasification at an integrated CT facility..
December 2015 – In an article for Biofuels Digest, Stewart addresses the potential for using the 30 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste as a feedstock for the production of renewable energy in California.
October 2015 – In a letter to the California Air Resources Board, a coalition of public jurisdictions and waste management companies expresses concern that it would be technically and fiscally infeasible to achieve the goals of AB 341 (75% organics recycling in 2020 and 90% in 2025) without major land use siting and permitting concessions as well as $2-3 billion in infrastructure funding.
June 2015 – In an article for MSW Management magazine, Stewart assesses the promise of MSW and its role in the emergence of biotechnology, noting that, despite all best intentions, the goal of zero waste to landfills cannot be achieved through the recycling of finished products and composting alone.
June 2014 – In this Biofuels Digest article, Jim Stewart notes that, for more than ten years, conversion technology providers have been seeking a constructive permitting and regulatory environment that would justify risking their time and financial resources to pursue projects in the State of California.
April 2014 – In an editorial in MSW Management magazine, its Editor, John Trotti, states that the regulatory policies of CalRecycle should enable the highest and best available science-based technologies for the treatment and reconstitution of post-recycled materials.
March 2013 – The City of Los Angeles releases its Zero Waste Report, an independent assessment of the City’s progress toward its “Zero Waste-to-Landfill” goal, with programmatic and policy recommendations for achieving zero waste to landfill by 2025. See pages 39 and 40 for its recommendations for legislative change, still unheeded.