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AB-1261 Renewable gas.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1261


Introduced by Assembly Member Burke

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 39730.8 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to renewable gas.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1261, as introduced, Burke. Renewable gas.
Existing law requires state agencies to consider and, as appropriate, adopt policies and incentives to significantly increase the sustainable production and use of renewable gas. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in consultation with specified entities, to develop recommendations for the development and use of renewable gas, and requires the Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with specified entities, to consider additional policies to support the development and use in the state of renewable gas that reduce short-lived climate pollutants in the state.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 39730.8 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

39730.8.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings: definitions apply:
(1) “Commission” means the Public Utilities Commission.
(2) “Energy commission” means the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
(3) “Strategy” means the strategy to reduce short-lived climate pollutants developed pursuant to Section 39730.
(b) The energy commission, in consultation with the state board and the commission, shall develop recommendations for the development and use of renewable gas, including biomethane and biogas, as a part of its 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report prepared pursuant to Section 25302 of the Public Resources Code. In developing the recommendations, the energy commission shall identify cost-effective strategies that are consistent with existing state policies and climate change goals by considering priority end uses of renewable gas, including biomethane and biogas, and their interactions with state policies, including biomethane and all of the following:
(1) The California Renewables Portfolio Standard program Program (Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code).
(2) The Low-Carbon Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulations (Subarticle 7 (commencing with Section 95480) of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations).
(3) Waste diversion goals established pursuant to Division 30 (commencing with Section 40000) of the Public Resources Code.
(4) The market-based compliance mechanism developed pursuant to Part 5 (commencing with Section 38570) of Division 25.5.
(5) The strategy.
(c) Based on the recommendations developed pursuant to subdivision (b), and to meet the state’s climate change, renewable energy, low-carbon fuel, and short-lived climate pollutants goals, including black carbon, landfill diversion, and dairy methane targets identified in the strategy, state agencies shall consider and, as appropriate, adopt policies and incentives to significantly increase the sustainable production and use of renewable gas, including biomethane and biogas.
(d) Based on the recommendations developed pursuant to subdivision (b), the commission, in consultation with the energy commission and the state board, shall consider additional policies to support the development and use in the state of renewable gas, including biomethane and biogas, that reduce short-lived climate pollutants in the state.
(e) In implementing this section, priority shall be given to fuels with the greatest greenhouse gas emissions benefits, including the consideration of carbon intensity and reduction in short-lived climate pollutants, as appropriate.