As California is working toward ambitious climate goals, using funds from its cap-and-trade program, the state’s family dairy farms are also playing a notable role in this effort by helping to transform California’s transportation sector.
California’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides incentives for dairy farmers to build on-farm digesters which produce cost-effective and abundant renewable natural gas (RNG). A total of 64 grants for dairy digesters totaling $114 million have been awarded to date, with projects either operating or under construction. An additional 17 dairy digesters are currently operating in California. Through the DDRDP, an estimated total of 25.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent will be reduced over the next 20 years.
By Michael Boccadoro, ACT News