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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – December 2020



Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee (ATAS) Meeting
January 21, 2021

Verde Xchange 2021
January 25-26, 2021

Virtual WASTECON 2021
January 26-28, 2021

January 26-27, 2021

International Biomass Conference & Expo
March 15-17, 2021


CalRecycle Free Webinar on Public Funding Resources for Recycling Manufacturers
On Monday January 25, 2021 from 9am 2:30pm, CalRecycle will host a webinar on various public funding resources to help support recycling manufacturing in California, including reuse projects, edible food recovery, intermediate and secondary recycling manufacturing, in-vessel digestion, and composting. Feedstock for manufacturing covers a wide range of materials, including edible food, food waste, green waste, lumber, C&D materials, and recycled fibers, plastics, glass, and metals.  Questions regarding this save the date can be directed to Arlene Iwahiro ( & Marshalle Graham (  For more information, click here.

Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development
The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies research and development. This funding opportunity announcement supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Offices goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.  Up to $15M will be provided for Municipal Solid Waste to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks.   Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.  For more information, please visit the EERE Program Information Center and


CalRecycle Unveils Senate Bill 1383 Webpages
CalRecycle has published new Senate Bill 1383 webpages which include a new homepage, documents included in the final rulemaking package as such the final and approved regulatory text, webpages dedicated to collection, procurement, food recovery, and resources for jurisdictions, food donors, and food recovery organizations and services.  The webpages will be updated as new resources are made available.  To read more, click here.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Tier 2 Pathways Release for Public Comment
A pathway for compressed natural gas vehicle fuel created from anaerobic digestion of organic waste including source-separated food scraps and urban landscaping waste is being released for a 10-day public comment period.  The public comment period will end December 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM (PDT).   The summary of the pathway and all related supporting documents are available on the Tier 2 Comment Website and link to submit comments is available here

California PUC Approves SoCalGass RNG Tariff
On Dec. 17, the California Public Utilities Commission approved SoCalGas and SDG&E''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s request to offer a voluntary Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Tariff. The program will allow households and businesses to purchase RNG from the utilities.  California will need to remove 125 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year to achieve carbon neutrality and converting organic waste to clean fuels like RNG holds the greatest potential for negative emissions at the lowest cost.  To read more, click here.


Los Angeles County Producing RNG For Vehicle Fuel
The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Sanitation Districts) recently started up its biogas purification system, supplied by Unison Solutions and designed and installed by TetraTech.  The Sanitation Districts processes food waste slurry at their wastewater treatment plant through anaerobic digestion to produce biogas.  The new biogas purification system produces renewable natural gas (RNG) that is used to fuel vehicles like cars, buses and trucks.  The purification system can produce the RNG equivalent of 2,000 gallons/day of gasoline, which is dispensed at the Sanitation Districts nearby fueling station that is open to the public.  To read more, click here.

Anaergia Begins Construction of California Renewable Natural Gas Project Located in Opportunity Zone
Anaergia Services, LLC and veteran impact investing firm North Sky Capital, LLC, announced the start of construction of a renewable natural gas facility at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA), located in San Bernardino County, California.  The Public Private Partnership involving VVWRA, Anaergia and North Sky demonstrates a replicable model to meet California organic waste recycling mandates and improve wastewater infrastructure resiliency: retrofitting anaerobic digestion infrastructure to convert food waste and sludge into pipeline quality renewable natural gas.  To read more, click here.

Hitachi Zosen Inova Delivers Major Gas Upgrading Plant for Canadian RNG Project
Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) is working with StormFisher to develop a low-carbon renewable natural gas injection project in Ontario, Canada.  A local waste treatment plant has been producing biogas from organic waste including food waste from the city of London, Ontario for years, to generate electricity in a combined heat and power unit. Now, using upgrading technology supplied by HZI BioMethan, HZIs German subsidiary, the biogas will also be upgraded to produce biomethane.  To read more, click here.



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