California Association of Sanitation Agencies
CPUC Adopts Final SB 1122 Implementation Decision, Opening New Avenues for Sale of Electricity Generated at Wastewater Facilities
On December 18, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted its Final Decision on implementation of SB 1122. The legislation created a 250 Megawatt (MW) bioenergy carve-out for the state’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program and requires the electrical utilities to purchase a specified amount of bioenergy from certain sources, one of which is wastewater treatment facilities that produce biogas through anaerobic digestion processes.
December 18, 2014 - On Wednesday, December 17, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) announced the 2015-2016 Senate committee chairs. Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will take on the role of Chair for the Environmental Quality Committee while Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) will lead the Appropriations Committee. The Senate Rules Committee is expected to adopt the new leadership team on January 7, 2015 when session convenes. A complete list will be released in the next coming weeks.
December 18, 2014 - On December 8, 2014, CASA filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) seeking to overturn numeric effluent limitations for toxicity imposed in two recent permits issued to the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD).