California has an abundance of naturally derived residues from the state’s agricultural, forest, and urban waste streams–collectively called “biomass”. Sustainably collected biomass can be used to produce renewable energy, such as transportation fuels, biomethane, or electricity. Using biomass to produce energy has measurable environmental benefits to air and water quality, as well as providing GHG reductions and diverting organic wastes from landfills.
CalEPA develops permitting guidance and policies pertaining to bioenergy. Current and past projects include guidance and support for the dairy, wastewater, and biofuels sectors. Collectively these projects:
- encourage local supply of electricity and fuels,
- support development of jobs and growth in rural areas,
- reduce land application of cow manure, and
- improve environmental quality.
It is the responsibility of the government of California to ensure that as new fuels enter into commercial and individual use in California, they do so in a way that is protective of the health of its populace and extraordinary environment. The California Environmental Protection Agency has coordinated the creation of a draft document that is intended as a starting point for potential fuel users, marketers and producers to better identify the regulations and requirements affecting their fuels.