FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2016
SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 32 and AB 197 into law extending the authorization for the state's climate programs (LCFS; Cap & Trade) to 2030.
"The LCFS is here to stay and renewable natural gas will continue to be one of its major success stories," said RNG Coalition Executive Director Johannes Escudero.
"We commend Governor Brown, Senator Pavley, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and the California Legislature for their leadership to assure clean air, green jobs, and low carbon fuel options throughout California for decades to come."
Earlier this summer reports emerged that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard was at risk of major reform or even elimination. The RNG Coalition responded.
"We are better organized as an industry than we've ever been - and the results speak for themselves," said RNG Coalition Chairman Evan Williams, who attended the bill signing on behalf of the RNG Coalition upon invitation from the Governor's Office.
Throughout July and August, the RNG Coalition worked with other clean fuel groups and environmental advocates to defend the LCFS and extend the climate programs from 2020 to 2030.
"Above all, the RNG Coalition focused on protecting and promoting RNG in California. We knew that the best things we could do for the industry was restore LCFS market stability and secure that stability long term," said David Cox, Operations Director for the RNG Coalition.
"On behalf of the RNG industry, suppliers of ultra-clean RNG transportation fuel, we recognize Gov. Brown and California's lawmakers for their dedication to a healthy and robust market for RNG. Passage of these bills quickly restored stability to LCFS credit prices, and has cemented Gov. Brown's, Senator Pavley's, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia's legacies as forward-thinking policy leaders."
RNG Coalition Receives Praise, Thanks for Advocacy & Leadership
TO: RNG Coalition
FROM: Martha Aceves-Guzman, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Office of Governor Jerry Brown
“I’ve been reflecting on the accomplishments from this year and what made the difference from last year. There is no doubt that the (LCFS) coalition made all the difference (or at least a HUGE part). Without the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, we would not have gotten SB 32/AB 197.
It was excellent to finally have folks we can strategize with on how to work with the members. Next year will be equally critical as we take on cap and trade and continue to defend the LCFS...Thank you!”
TO: RNG Coalition
FROM: Carlos Gonzalez, Policy Director, Office of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Chair of Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE)
“Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and myself want to personally thank you for your work on the passage of AB 197 and SB 32. This has been a historical accomplishment as we are reducing greenhouse gasses and creating an avenue for a greener business friendly California. Your leadership and guidance during the last couple of critical weeks of session made AB 197 and SB 32 possible. We look forward to continue our relationship with the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas... Thanks.”
About the RNG Coalition.
The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas represents the RNG industry in North America. We advocate for the development and deployment of RNG so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy supply.