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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – September 2020

EVENTS



RNG WORKS 2020 Technical Workshop & Trade Expo
September 30 - October 1, 2020
Nashville, TN - CANCELED
http://www.rngcoalition.com/rng-works

U.S. Biogas 2020
October 5-6, 2020
San Diego, CA - NOW VIRTUAL
https://events.newenergyupdate.com/biogas/

Biocycle REFOR 2020
October 19-22, 2020
Raleigh, NC - CANCELED
http://www.biocyclerefor.com/

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference
October 20-22, 2020 NOWVIRTUAL
http://paperplasticsna.recyclingtodayevents.com/ 

VERGE 2020 Conference
October 26-30, 2020
San Jose, CA NOW VIRTUAL
https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-conference/online/2020

Annual Southern California Waste Management Forum Conference
November 5, 2020
Pomona, CA -
NOW VIRTUAL
https://www.scwmf.org/annual-conference-webinar

CSAC 126th Annual Meeting/CEAC Fall Conference
November 12-19, 2020 NOW VIRTUAL
https://www.ceaccounties.org/meetings-and-events/conferences/ceac-fall-conference/ 

National Zero Waste Conference
December 1-3, 2020 NOW VIRTUAL
https://zwconference.org/

WASTECON 2020
December 7-10, 2020 RESCHEDULED FOR 2021
Dallas, TX
https://events.jspargo.com/wastecon20/Public/enter.aspx

RNG 2020 Conference
December 8-11, 2020
Dana Point, CA
http://www.rngcoalition.com/rng-conference

COMPOST 2021
January 26-27, 2021
Ontario, CA NOW VIRTUAL
https://compostconference.com/

POLICY AND LEGISLATION

CPUC Extends BioMAT Program, Adopts Important Changes
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to extend the Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff (BioMAT) program end date to 2025 and make several critical changes to the program. The CPUCs decision increases delivery flexibility for project developers, establishes deadlines for utilities to review project eligibility and approve contracts, and establishes a charge that cannot be bypassed so that all rate-payers will share the costs of the program. To read more, click here.

CPUC Votes to Re-Authorize EPIC Program
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to re-authorize the Electricity Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program for another ten years. EPIC has provided about $165 million per year for the past decade to a variety of clean energy research, development, deployment, and market facilitation projects. Many small-scale bioenergy projects, such as those diverting wood waste from landfills, have received EPIC funding to demonstrate new technologies, better quantify greenhouse gas reductions, and improve pollution controls. To read more, click here.

NEWS

California Landfill Turns to Recycling and Anaerobic Digestion to Reduce Footprint and Extend Operations
The Tajiguas Landfill in Santa Barbara County is investing in a new on-site project that will increase recycling and organics diversion. The facility, known as the ReSource Center, is expected to divert about 60 percent of incoming municipal solid waste, separating recyclables and organics from the waste stream. The organics will be taken to an anaerobic digestion facility to create compost and renewable energy. The project is expected to be fully operational by 2021 and will reduce about 117,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. To read more, click here.

Trenton Renewables Recycles Food Waste to Create Renewable Energy
In 2021, the New Jersey Food Waste Law will require businesses to divert their food waste at a qualified recycling facility. The Trenton Biogas facility helps businesses meet this requirement. The facility receives food waste from hospitals, grocery stores, universities, and food manufacturers. Once received, the food waste is separated from its packaging and sent to anaerobic digesters where it is converted into compost, organic fertilizer, and biogas. The facility has the capacity to divert 110,000 tons of organic material from landfills and produce 27,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually. To read more click here.

B.C. Broadens Organic Waste Collection
The Province of British Columbia, Canada is launching the CleanBC Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program, providing up to $25.7 million to communities to develop or expand organic waste processing infrastructure and residential organic waste collection programs. The program aims to reduce 0.7 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, convert organic waste into useful products, and use methane as a fuel source. It is anticipated the program will fund up to 18 organics infrastructure projects and provide up to 86,000 residential units with curbside collection programs. To read more, click here.

Natural Resources Canada Invests in CRB Innovations
The Department of Natural Resources Canada announced its investment in CRB Innovations, a technology company that is developing a commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other biomass sources into biofuels and coproducts, such as plastics using an innovative biomass fractionation catalytic technology. The project is funded through Natural Resources Canada''''''''s Clean Growth Program, which invests in clean technology research. To read more, click here.
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