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DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3260]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

PART 1. PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT [201 - 2120]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 3. Rights and Obligations of Public Utilities [451 - 651]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 10. Biomethane Procurement [650 - 651]
  ( Article 10 added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 739, Sec. 1. )

650.
  

For purposes of this article, “biomethane” means a biogas that meets the standards adopted pursuant to subdivisions (c) and (d) of Section 25421 of the Health and Safety Code for injection into a common carrier pipeline.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 739, Sec. 1. (SB 1440) Effective January 1, 2019.)

651.
  

(a) The commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, shall consider adopting specific biomethane procurement targets or goals for each gas corporation so that each gas corporation procures a proportionate share, as determined by the commission, of biomethane annually. Prior to establishing biomethane procurement targets or goals, the commission shall make both of the following findings:

(1) The targets or goals are cost-effective means of achieving the forecast reduction in the emissions of short-lived climate pollutants pursuant to Section 39730.5 of the Health and Safety Code and other greenhouse gases pursuant to Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code.

(2) The targets or goals comply with all applicable state and federal laws.

(b) If the commission adopts specific biomethane procurement targets or goals for each gas corporation pursuant to subdivision (a), the commission shall do all of the following:

(1) Consider the recommendations developed pursuant to Section 39730.8 of the Health and Safety Code.

(2) Ensure the targets or goals are consistent with the organic waste disposal reduction targets specified in Section 39730.6 of the Health and Safety Code and the regulations adopted pursuant to Section 42652.5 of the Public Resources Code to achieve those targets.

(3) Ensure that biomethane eligible for any procurement program meets one of the following conditions:

(A) The biomethane is delivered to California through a dedicated pipeline.

(B) The biomethane is delivered to California through a common carrier pipeline and meets both of the following requirements:

(i) The source of biomethane injects the biomethane into a common carrier pipeline that physically flows within California, or toward the end user in California for which the biomethane was produced.

(ii) The seller or purchaser of the biomethane demonstrates that the capture or production of biomethane directly results in at least one of the following environmental benefits to California:

(I) The reduction or avoidance of the emission of any criteria air pollutant, toxic air contaminant, or greenhouse gas in California.

(II) The reduction or avoidance of pollutants that could have an adverse impact on waters of the state.

(III) The alleviation of a local nuisance within California that is associated with the emission of odors.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 739, Sec. 1. (SB 1440) Effective January 1, 2019.)

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