California's biobased industries are united under the banner of the BioEnergy Producers Association in advocating a positive statutory and regulatory environment for bioenergy production in the State of California.
For eight years, Democrats on California's environmental committees have blocked legislation sponsored necessary to correct scientifically inaccurate definitions and other antiquated provisions in statute that would enable the production of advanced non-food derived biofuels, biobased chemicals and renewable electricity from organic wastes.
During this time, California has placed in landfills more then 250 million tons of post-recycled solid waste, one of the state’s most readily available and environmentally favorable sources of renewable energy.
This year, Senator Ricardo Lara has introduced new legislation addressing these issues (SB 804), legislation that is being sponsored by Los Angeles County and the California State Association of Counties.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, AB 222, a similar initiative sponsored by this Association, passed the California State Assembly by a vote of 54-13 and was ready for final Senate passage and signature by the Governor when the five Democrats on the Senate Environmental Quality Committee stripped the bill of its essential elements and produced amendments that would have made it even more difficult to utilize California's organic waste streams as feedstocks for renewable energy production.
The Committee swept aside--literally ignored--AB 222 endorsements by more than 100 organizations, including a joint endorsement from the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission and CalRecycle. CLICK HERE to read their letter.