Biogas Electricity Market Details

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Market Analysis - Biogas Electricity Market: United States

The US biogas electricity market was valued at approximately $4.06 billion as of 2019. Additionally, the US market is forecast to grow to $5.3 billion by 2025. However, the market size for 2030 can not be reliably estimated with publicly available data.

2019 Market

  • While there is no publicly available, quantitative information about the composition of the US biogas market by application, Fortune Business Insights reports that electricity represents 54% of the global biogas market.
  • By using this global composition information as an approximation for the US market, as well as data about the US biogas market in 2016 and 2017 as a predictor of market growth through 2019, the US biogas electricity market was approximated at $4.06 billion as of 2019.
  • The calculation for the US biogas electricity market in 2019 is as follows: $7,100,000,000 * (1 + 0.0298)^2 * 0.54 = $4,059,482,042.

2025 Market

  • Although quantitative data about the growth rate of the US biogas electricity market through 2025 is not publicly available, NK Wood Research reports that the North America biofuels and biodiesel market will grow at a CAGR of 4.6% for the period between 2018 and 2026.
  • Corroborating this regional growth rate, Fortune Business Insights reports that the global biogas market will grow at a CAGR of 4.65% between 2018 and 2026, while Grand View Research indicates that the worldwide biogas market will grow at a CAGR of 4.48% between 2020 and 2027.
  • Moreover, Grand View Research, Global Market Insights, Fortune Business Insights are among the preponderance of industry experts that suggest the North American biogas market will grow at a "substantial rate" through 2027, and that the US will represent the "lion's share" of the North American market share and growth over the period.
  • This qualitative data further corroborates that it is reasonable to assume the US biogas electricity market will grow at CAGR that is at least equivalent to the global annual growth rate of 4.48% or more.
  • Based on the fact that the CAGR for the North America biofuels and biodiesel market is more precisely relevant to the US biogas electricity market, this CAGR of 4.6% for the period between 2018 and 2026 was used to estimate the US biogas electricity market at $5.3 billion as of 2025.
  • The calculation for the US biogas electricity market in 2025 is as follows: $4,059,482,042 * (1 + 0.046)^6 = $5,316,927,417.


2030 Market

  • Publicly available information on the global biogas market suggests the size and growth rate of this industry by 2030 is currently unknown.
  • Notably, several market researchers (e.g., PR.com, Helmut Kaiser Consultancy) provide detailed forecasts for the global biogas market as of 2030, however this information is not publicly available.
  • Additionally, the International Energy Agency forecasts biogas demand for both North America as well as globally, however these estimates apply only to direct use and are based on "stated policy scenario" rather than a quantitative analysis of actual market data.
  • Moreover, the most forward-looking forecast for the global biogas market is inconsistent with current market estimates.
  • Specifically, Navigant Research forecasts the market will reach $20.9 billion by 2028, while a wide variety of industry experts (e.g., Grand View Research, Global Market Insights) report that the market has already reached or exceeded this value.
  • Given the limited, publicly available information on the size or growth rate for the biogas industry beyond 2025, and the inability to corroborate or otherwise validate limited data, it was deemed appropriate to conclude that the size and growth rate of this industry by 2030 can not be reliably forecast, either for the US or globally.


Research Strategy

An extensive review of credible media sources (e.g., Biomass Magazine), industry reports (e.g., National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and articles by experts in the US biogas market (e.g., US Energy Information Administration) failed to identify publicly available, directly compiled information about the size and growth rate of the US biogas electricity market for 2019, 2025 or 2030. Although this research process identified a report on the US biogas market by Renewable Energy Magazine, all details related to market size, growth rate and composition by application (e.g., electricity, heat, vehicle fuel) were behind a paywall.

Several additional strategies were attempted to ascertain the market size and/or growth of the US biogas electricity market. For example, in-depth searches of biogas associations in the US (e.g., American Biogas Council) and globally (e.g., World Biogas Association) were conducted to identify fact sheets, presentations and other potential resources discussing the US biogas electricity market. However, available information was either insufficient to triangulate the market size/growth rate, or was behind paywalls.

However, this extensive research process identified relevant insights related to the US biogas electricity market, and these findings are provided within the above summary.
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Market Analysis - Biogas Electricity Market: California

There is no publicly available information regarding the market size of the biogas industry in California. However, paywalled reports from Fortune Business Insights, Grand View Research, Future Market Insights, and Global Market Insights may provide the actual market size and details. Insights on California's biogas market, including the growing demand for waste treatment technology and increased funding from investors, have been provided below.

Overview

  • California has the highest biogas production potential out of any state in America. An estimated "116.22 billion cubic feet of renewable methane" can be generated from biogas every year. This renewable methane can then be used to generate heat, energy, and fuel.

Growing demand for waste treatment technology

  • Waste treatment technologies have become increasingly popular amongst industrial processors, municipalities, and farmers.
  • In addition to the growing demand for waste treatment technologies, the increasing potential for the use of natural gas in cogeneration and transportation indicates a potential increase in demand for biogas over the next ten years.
  • A practical application of waste treatment technology is available in California in the form of the biodigester, which is a system used for converting food waste into biogas.
  • The biodigester has the potential to generate 1,300 kilowatt-hours worth of renewable energy daily. This system, which currently processes 25 tons of waste per day, can be scaled up to handle 100 tons of waste per day thanks to $6 million in funding provided by the California Energy Commission.
  • In March 2018, a non-profit called Global Green announced an initiative for two different cities in Southern California to be selected as partners for a food waste recycling program. The Southern California Gas Co.'s Environmental Championship grant ensures free assistance for this program.
  • Such sustainable programs that aim to increase the implementation of food-waste-to-biogas infrastructure are anticipated to increase the demand for biogas in California.

Increased funding from investors

Additional Information

  • Some studies indicate that the biogas gathered within California has the potential to supply up to 16% of the state's natural gas.
  • SoCalGas revealed plans in March 2019 to use biogas to replace about one-fifth of the company's natural gas by the year 2030.

Research strategy

In order to determine the market size and growth rate of California's biogas market for 2019, 2025, or 2030, we began our search by scouring market reports and industry reports on sites like Fortune Business Insights, Grand View Research, Future Market Insights, and Global Market Insights to determine if the information is publicly available. However, as expected, we found that there is no public data in the public domain regarding the actual market size.

We attempted several additional strategies to ascertain the market size and growth of the biogas market in California. For example, in-depth searches of biogas associations in the U.S. (e.g., American Biogas Council and the U.S. Energy Information Administration) were conducted to identify fact sheets, presentations, and other potential resources discussing the biogas market in California. However, available information was either insufficient to triangulate the market size/growth rate or behind paywalls.

In an attempt to calculate the data through a different method, we scoured industry reports, media reports, and news releases from sources like Forbes, Consumer Reports, and Bloomberg for details of critical regional players in California's biogas production. The goal was to determine the revenue in California for as many companies as we could to provide a market percentage from top performers. Unfortunately, none of this data was publicly available.

However, this extensive research process identified relevant insights related to the biogas market in California, and these findings are provided within the above summary. Nonetheless, there was very limited information available in the public domain on projected increases/decreases expected, even after exploring the sources outlined above as well as various energy industry sources and state government sources.
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Market Analysis - Biogas Electricity Market: WECC region

The market size of the biogas electricity market in the WECC (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) region has not been able to be determined following extensive research. The research completed found figures relating to both the US and global markets but nothing specific to the WECC region. The information available in these reports was held behind a paywall. The WECC has completed studies to determine the region's electricity needs over the coming years, the reliability of their network and the sources they may use. These gave some insight into the expectations of the biogas electricity market in the region. The details are outlined below.

Insights on the WECC market

  • The amount of energy being generated from biogas in the WECC region appears to be very limited. A report by the WECC looking at resource adequacy in the California and Pacific North West notes bio/geo sources are likely to provide only 1 GW (gigawatt unit of power) of the region's supply in 2018.
  • Due to the retirement of coal burning facilities, more of the region's supply will need to be found from other sources, including renewable sources.
  • The report also looks to the future to determine what energy capacity the region will need in 2030 and 2050. They expect a further 8 GW of capacity to be needed. A bar chart shows for each year where the capacity could be found. In both years the amount of energy provided from bio/geo sources is negligible.
  • In 2030 it dropped to just 0.6% and in 2050 it appears to be nil based on the bar chart in the report.
  • A report from 2018 completed for the WECC noted that in the long-term, there was an expectation of a move from using fossil fuels to continue and to accelerate use of renewable energy .
  • A global market insights report from October 2019 suggests that there is a possible growth potential of 7% in the overall market by 2025. The report includes 'in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of MW, Million Dry Tons of Substrate (MToS) and USD from 2014 to 2025'. It breaks down the US market into the following areas: East North Central , West South Central , South Atlantic, North East , East South Central , West North Central, Pacific States and Mountain States. The detail, however, is behind a paywall. This may provide the required information to determine the size of the biogas electric WECC region market.
  • Despite the above information showing limited use of biogas in the WECC region, new tax credit legislation was passed in December 2019 for the biogas industry, which is likely to increase production overall. It seems likely that the WECC region would want to take advantage of these tax credits. Previous legislation expired in 2017 which had put the industry at a disadvantage.

Research strategy

The initial search for information about the biogas electricity market in the WECC region did not illicit much detail. A search of market reports such as Global Market Insights and Fortune Business Insights found information about the global and US biogas electric markets, however, the publicly available information did not provide any breakdown specific to the WECC region. Further information is available behind paywalls which may allow the market size of the region to be determined. Reports produced by the WECC were reviewed to find out more about the use of biogas in the region. There is a focus on reducing fossil fuel usage and increasing renewables but limited information about biogas use. News reports were also reviewed to find further information about planned usage of biogas in the region. This did not provide additional detail but did find that tax credits have been introduced again for this section, which may increase the region's usage in the future.

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COVID-19: Impact on the Biogas Market: United States

There is no reputable source of market projections, which include the long term (i.e. — five to ten years) effect of COVID-19, available to date. Some market research firms have publicized that they are working on it. Even the US Energy Information Administration has no figures to date. There is information provided for expected impacts through to 2021. The impacts are categorized by effect on production and demand, impact by supply chain disruption and financial impacts on the companies and investors.

Current Usage

Impact of COVID-19

  • COVID-19 could affect the US economy three ways: by affecting production and demand, by disrupting the supply chain, and by having a financial impact on the sector and its financial markets.

Impact — Production and Demand

Production

Workforce

Enviva

  • On March 30, 2020, John Keppler, chairman and CEO of Enviva Partners, announced that the company's operations had not been significantly impacted by the pandemic, nor did he expect them to be.
  • Keppler stated that "Our business is built on long-term contracts with fixed volumes and fixed pricing that are not impacted by crude oil, natural gas, or other energy commodity prices. We believe our operations and business model remain well-positioned to continue our track record of sustainably growing distributions to our unitholders."
  • He also does not expect Enviva will have to make any changes to its financial model or investments.

Pinnacle

  • Rob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle had a different viewpoint.
  • Pinnacle management and Board reduced the dividend at the end of Q1 2020 because of uncertainty of the effect of Covid-19.
  • While they had not seen a change in demand for wood pellets, the lumber industry, especially in British Columbia, "is under pressure as the economy continues under stress, and this in turn will impact our fibre supply and increase our costs."

Gevo

  • Gevo, even farther along the continuum of risk mitigation, suspended operations at one of its two production facilities.
  • Patrick Gruber, president and CEO of Gevo Inc., stated that "production at the Luverne plant will be shut down for the foreseeable future. Depending on economics," he said "it’s possible the plant could restart operations next year, particularly after the company’s biogas project is brought online."

Demand

Electricity Consumption

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to negatively impact U.S. electricity consumption in commercial and industrial retail as well as residential sales.
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s newest Short-Term Energy Outlook, from May 12, 2020, expects that retail sales of electricity to the commercial sector will drop by 6.5 percent in 2020.
  • This is based on the fact that businesses have closed and many people are working from home.
  • Industrial retail sales are also predicted to decrease by 6.5 percent this year, based on many factories cutting back production.
  • In addition, U.S. sales to the residential sector are predicted to shrink by 1.3 percent.
  • This estimate is predicated in the expected lower demand from milder winter and summer weather. This is offset slightly by increased household consumption as the population spends relatively more time at home.
  • "Biomass generation is expected to be at 29.7 billion kWh this year, including 2.8 billion kWh from waste biomass and 26.9 billion kWh from wood biomass. Biomass generation is expected to fall slightly to 29.6 billion kWh in 2021, including 2.8 billion kWh from waste biomass and 16.8 billion kWh from wood biomass."

Impact — Supply chain

  • Brad Douville, CEO and President of Greenlane Renewables described the company's supply chain this way. In February, there was a short-lived manufacturing disruption in China based on the spread of COVID-19. Production has resumed.
  • They have a global customer base and their sales contracts usually have long lead times. Customers are not as sensitive to short-term disruptions.
  • Private equity investors that Greenlane works with not impacted by current market and have remained steady.
  • "Dairy and swine farms as well as landfills and waste water treatment facilities are still creating feedstock and carrying on their essential services. Energy companies still need renewable natural gas for transportation, residential, commercial and industrial applications as an important component of their greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies."

Impact — Financial

Other Useful Information

World BioEnergy Organization

  • The World BioEnergy Organization is currently surveying stakeholders in the industry to determine impacts of COVID-19. Those results should be available in the near future.

Energy Information Administration

  • The US Energy Information has provided biogas information by state for the latest year (2018).
  • This could be useful for bench marking and is available in PDF form here.













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COVID-19: Impact on the Biogas Market: California

Introduction & Research Strategy

The California biogas market has been pushed to a slow as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the businesses operating within this industry are considered to be essential because they are an energy resource, they are still experiencing changes because of the pandemic. These include but are not limited to reduced product demand, the need for special safety guidelines, and pauses to important summits and projects. However, data relevant to how the California biogas market will be impacted over the course of the next one, five, and ten years has yet to be determined, as the situation is still quite new.

This was determined after implementing a variety of research methods to try and find this information. For starters, we first tried to see if any news articles or industry reports written by industry experts, or even quoting any, were available online. Unfortunately, although we were able to locate these sources relevant to the national and global biogas market, sources were very limited to the California biogas industry. The only articles we were able to locate in this manner mentioned the social distancing guidelines that biogas companies were implementing, and the fact that they were considered to be essential and thus were operating. As a result, we proceeded to try and find information related to the impact of COVID-19 on the California biogas market from relevant companies in the market.

We were able to identify SoCalGas and FuelCell Energy, Inc. as two biogas companies with a presence in California. While each of these businesses had mentions on their websites about what they were doing to stay safe while operating in the midst of COVID-19, they didn't have any data on how they thought their market would change as a result of the pandemic in coming years. As a final attempt to locate this information, we proceeded to investigate any market research reports that had links online, but held a majority of their data behind firewalls. Sometimes sources like these will list a few metrics, and then explain that the report must be purchased in order to access all of the information. In this case, we were able to find existing reports that likely contained the information we were looking for here — the impact of COVID-19 on the California biogas market now, and in the future. Unfortunately, though, there was no data listed without purchasing these reports, aside from mentions that the reports had info on California. As a result, we have determined that insights into the impact of COVID-19 on this industry have yet to be determined and/or made available to the public.

To help compensate for the lack of publicly available information on this topic, we proceeded to include the information that we did locate during this process. For the most part, this includes an analysis of the safety measures that biogas companies in California are making in order to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways in which this industry has experienced changes since the pandemic began. It also includes data related to how these California biogas organizations are expecting to change and grow by the year 2030, despite any mentions of COVID-19.


California Biogas Market

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual California Energy Summit has been postponed. No new date has been set for the summit to commence, but information on what will be addressed at the meeting has been provided.
  • Two paid research reports have been located regarding the biogas market in California, each of which claim to cover the impact to the industry from COVID-19:
    • BioGas Generator Sets Market Booming Demand Leading to Exponential CAGR Growth by 2026 (UpMarketResearch) — this report was published on May 13, 2020.
    • Biogas Market Incredible Possibilities, Growth Analysis and Forecast to 2026 (DataIntelo) — this report was published on May 14, 2020.
  • On May 4, 2020, FuelCell Energy announced a San Bernardino Renewable BioFuels Project that would begin construction and be operable by the end of the year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This project involves work with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD) and makes use of FuelCell's 1.4MW SureSource 1500 technology.
    • The implementation of this biogas operating station uses methane-rich biogas and will help to produce clean energy for the SBMWD for a 20-year period, as ensured through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
  • SoCalGas published their response to COVID-19, saying that they have implemented all required safety measures to ensure they are operating carefully and successfully during the pandemic. This includes increased hygiene efforts, extra cleaning, social distancing, and face coverings, among others.
    • By the year 2030, SoCalGas is planning to replace 20% of their fossil gas pipelines with renewable gas lines.
  • Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FuelCell Energy stated in their March 2020 Corporate and Strategy Update that they expect sales to continue to grow and balance out from any reductions as a result of the coronavirus.
  • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of California was planning to spend between $20-$25 million on top of their California Climate Investments fund in order to fund more digester projects.
    • Almost all of the dairy digesters for producing biogas in the state of California were aimed for use by the transportation industry.
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Market Analysis - Biomass Electricity Market: United States

The US Biomass Energy Consumption grew significantly between 2000 and 2015, though it has decreased in the nearly half-decade (since the Trump administration came to power). Although experts believe that the US market will see slow-but-steady growth, it is unclear whether other policies currently in place (related to oil and coal, for example) will interfere with increases in production and consumption of biofuels in the coming years. Two common segmentations of this market are by feedstock and product type.

Note: Expert projections for market changes were published before the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world. Because of that, and the unknown nature of how the pandemic may (or may not) change global production and consumption rates in the coming months and years, these projects should be seen as tenuous.

US Biomass Energy Consumption Grew Significantly Between 2000 and 2015, Then Decreased

  • In 2000, the US produced about 3 M metric tons of biomass fuels; by 2018, that production had increased to around 38.1 M metric tons (“of oil equivalent”), which demonstrates exponential growth over the nearly two-decade period.
  • Globally, renewable fuels production (like biomass and others) has increased greatly, from a 2008 production rate of 9 B gallons to a projected production rate of 36 B gallons in 2022. The US is the leader in global biofuels production.
  • After a high of 1985 M kwh in 2000, biomass electricity net generation decreased significantly to a low of 1007 M kwh in 2001. From 2002 to 2005, biomass electricity generation increased from 1053 M kwh to 1657 M kwh respectively. Generation fluctuated within a tight range between 2005 and 2010, when it ended at 1672 M kwh.
  • Between 2010 and 2011, biomass electricity generation jumped significantly, starting from 1672 M kwh and ending at 2315 M kwh. Another notable jump occurred between 2012 (2319 M kwh) and 2013 (2567 M kwh). Between 2013 and 2017, brief fluctuations equaled a final total of 2515 M kwh in the latter year. Between 2017 and 2018, biomass electricity generation dropped from 2515 M kwh to 2304 M kwh.

Compared to Expected Global Growth, the US May (or May Not) See Continued Growth

  • BusinessWire notes that, between 2018 and 2023, the global Biomass Power Generation Market is expected to see incremental growth of 43.37 GW. The 2019 YOY growth rate is estimated at 5.43%, though the market growth is expected to “accelerate at a CAGR of over 6%” in the coming years.
  • 360MarketUpdates produced a paywalled report on the Global Biomass Power Market; they note that North America is one of the regions “projected to foresee … substantial growth owing to the increasing government support.”
  • In 2018, the US consumed approximately 5.13 quadrillion BTUs of power derived from biomass, with experts stating that production is expected to reach 5.54 quadrillion BTUs by the year 2050.
  • Notably, however, the current presidential administration is only partially supportive of renewable energies, so this may negatively affect potential growth in the United States as long as the current administration retains power. In the last few years, biomass electricity generation has decreased by 1.4% in the US, with the commercial sector electricity net generation from biomass fuels dropping from a high in 2014 of 2681 M kwh to 2304 M kwh in 2018.
  • Despite these decreases and policies focused on increasing oil and coal production and consumption, Trump’s EPA passed a rule in late 2019 establishing “the required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020, and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021.” The report from the EPA notes that they are “committed to ensuring a net of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel is blended in 2020,” though the biomass-based diesel production volumes will not change between 2020 and 2021 (“still more than double the statutory requirement” set by Congress).

Biomass Power Generation Market Can Be Segmented in Multiple Ways

  • One way this market can be segmented by feedstock (or where the biomass originates); segments are: solid biomass, biogas, municipal solid waste, and liquid biomass.
  • Another way this market also can be segmented by product type: urban residue, biogas, agriculture and forest residues, energy crops, woody biomass, and landfill gas feedstock.
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Market Analysis - Biomass Electricity Market: California

Although highly impressive, California’s Biomass Power Industry is seeing decreases in both fuel generation and consumption, even though the industry is essential to the state’s focus on sustainability.

California’s Biomass Fuel Generation & Consumption Has Decreased

  • Before the 1970s, most of the fuel that would have been turned into biomass-fuel was openly burned or disposed of in landfills. The burning of these materials significantly decreased air quality, so the biomass industry was started in California to help improve air quality and reduce reliance on landfill-disposals.
  • In 2015, the state’s biomass industry began to struggle with the loss of hundreds of thousands of pounds of almond shells, which formerly brought in “up to $35 per ton as biomass,” but are now being “sold as cheap barn bedding for dairy cattle.” The loss of these pre-fuel products hurt the state’s biomass industry, closing multiple plants that depended on those items for fuel production, and making survival of California’s industry questionable.
  • In 2015, the state had 25 solid-fuel biomass electric-generating facilities spread over 18 counties, and by 2020, that had decreased to 23 facilities over 17 counties. This loss is partially due to the reduction in almond shells, as well as the inability of the older facilities to meet current air-quality control standards.
  • California reached a capacity high-end for waste-to-energy production in 2016 (1321.3 MW), a tad up from the 2015 total. In 2017, that number had decreased to 1306.7 MW, then it saw a slight uptick in 2018 (1311.8 MW), then another decrease in 2019 (1289.5 MW).
  • According to the California Biomass Energy Alliance, in the past, California formerly used up to 15% renewable electricity, though in recent years, that percentage has dropped to be closer to only 6%.

California’s Biomass Industry is Impressive

  • In 2019, the state produced 5758 GWh, or nearly 3% of the state’s power generation portfolio. According to California’s energy site, the state has a total of “86 operating biomass power plants, with an installed capacity of about 1289 megawatts.”
  • Currently within the state of California, there are “23 solid-fuel biomass electric generating facilities … distributed across 17 counties.” This industry “reuses approximately 7.3 million tons of the state’s solid wastes and residues annually, and produces around 532 MW of electricity.”
  • The state’s industry employs around 750 people directly and between 1200 and 1500 people peripherally (through fuel supply infrastructure jobs). The majority of these are located in rural areas within the state, which increases employment opportunities for those living in those areas.
  • The state’s biomass electricity generators can deliver power “with capacity factors exceeding 90%, and availabilities in excess of 95%.” California has four types of biomass power plants biomass, digester gas (anaerobic digestion), landfill gas, and municipal solid waste.

Biomass-to-Fuel is Essential to California’s Focus on Sustainability

  • Turning biomass into fuel (and using it as a source of electricity) helps reduce biogenic GHG emissions from wood-burning by over 3.2 M tons each year, with an additional 2.2 M tons “of avoided GHG emissions per year result[ing] from the biomass industry’s displacement of fossil-fueled generation by the electric utilities.”
  • The state’s biomass industry helps divert more than 4.3 M tons “of low-value wood residue” from landfills, using instead to power the state.
  • Utilizing biomass also helps improve air quality (as noted above) and helps the state comply with air-quality and emission-reduction standards for Criteria Pollutants. This industry prevents the open burning of 1.5 M tons “of agricultural and forestry residues each year,” helping to cut pollutant emissions “by up to 98% compared with open burning.”
  • Additionally, the state’s industry helps in promoting healthier forests “by reducing the cost of performing fuels, reduction, and other forestry-cleanup operations.” In 2013 alone, the state treated over 40 K forest acres to be used for biomass fuels.
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  • "Over the past decade, more than 250 digester projects have been built across the country, most of them on dairy farms. California alone has funded more than 100 digester projects, spending nearly $200 million of its ambitious California Climate Investments dollars on them. The state is poised to spend an additional $20-$25 million this year, though it’s unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the funding process going forward."
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  • "SoCalGas hopes to replace 20% of the fossil gas in its pipelines with renewable gas by 2030, which the utility claims would reduce climate pollution just as much as nearly all its residential and commercial customers switching to electricity"
  • "Nearly all of the 120 or so dairy digesters operating or in development in California are targeted at that same end use: transportation, not heating and cooking"
Quotes
  • "In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) — following the guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities — we have decided to reschedule this event to ensure our attendees will be able to enjoy a truly useful interaction. Exact date and location to be published shortly."
  • " The 8th Annual California Energy Summit will bring together California’s top regulatory officials, utility and public power leaders, and developers to discuss: - Near-term resource adequacy and long-term SB100 procurement needs of CCAs, public power and IOUs - The expansion of interstate energy trading and transmission buildout needs"
  • "Who Should Attend? - ... Renewable Energy Developers..."
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  • "Brightmark Energy out of San Francisco is one of multiple firms soliciting Florida dairy farmers to turn their cow poop lagoons into money-making biogas machines as carbon emission standards tighten to mitigate climate change."
  • "Federal renewable energy policy as well as California law allows fuel companies to reduce their pollution debt by purchasing credits from entities overachieving in carbon reduction efforts."
  • "While the contract with the Larson family in Okeechobee is confidential, it will convert about 230,000 tons of manure per year from 9,900 cows into renewable natural gas...The project is expected to yield the equivalent of 1.3 million gallons of gas per year."
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  • "This is a latest report, covering the current COVID-19 impact on the market"
  • "This segmentation sheds light on the sales of the BioGas Generator Sets on regional- and country-level. This data provides a detailed and accurate country-wise volume analysis and region-wise market size analysis of the global market."
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  • "Biogas Market Report Includes: - Market Scenario - Growth, Restraints, Trends, and Opportunities - Segments by Value and Volume - Supply and Demand Status - Competitive Analysis - Technological Innovations - Value Chain and Investment Analysis"
  • "The Biogas Market Report Covers the Following Companies: - California ..."
Quotes
  • "FuelCell Energy, Inc. ...announced the commencement of site construction for its 1.4 megawatt SureSource 1500™ biofuels fuel cell project with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD) in California. The project is expected to become commercially operational in December 2020"
  • "This system allows FuelCell Energy to clean up biofuel and use it on site without injection into the common carrier gas pipeline. Gas treatment requirements are reduced compared to pipeline injection because of the ability of SureSource fuel cell systems to utilize low-Btu biogas."
  • "Following the commercial operation date, the SBMWD will purchase the clean electricity produced through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). "
  • "FuelCell Energy’s SureSource power platform will use methane–rich biogas that would otherwise be flared, wasting energy and producing emissions, to produce clean, renewable, carbon neutral power"
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  • "Under the Governor’s recent Executive Order, members of the critical infrastructure sector, including natural gas providers, are considered necessary to the security, economic security, public health and safety of California."
  • "we have taken numerous measures to protect our workforce and the public. These measures include social distancing, the use of face coverings when safe to do so, COVID-19 job site safety oversight monitors, enhanced personal hygiene practices, facility and vehicle cleanings, and quarantine protocols"
  • "we also suspended service disconnections until further notice. This means no residential or small business customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment"
Quotes
  • "Expecting return to sales growth across the balance of 2020"
  • "Extending leadership in sustainability and environmental stewardship"
  • "Recurring Revenue Expected to Grow by 3X With Execution of Project Backlog"