New approach needed for enviro regulations
February 24, 2010 by Manure Manager
February 24, 2010 – A policy brief released this week by a UC Berkeley
think-tank says that California needs regulatory reforms if it hopes to
address the states renewable energy challenges and climate change.
February 24, 2010 – A policy brief released this week by a UC Berkeley think-tank says that California needs regulatory reforms if it hopes to address the state_s renewable energy challenges and climate change.
The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative focused on methane digesters and the complex and conflicting regulations that have hampered development of the highly touted renewable energy source. The publication _Methane Digesters_ A Case for Cross-Media Environmental decision Making_ highlights the potential benefits of applying anaerobic methane digester technology to produce low-carbon, renewable energy from livestock waste.
Citing the many regulatory barriers facing deployment of methane digester technology, the policy brief concludes _a new multi-jurisdictional approach to environmental permitting is essential in order to achieve California_s GHG emissions reduction mandate and Gov. Schwarzenegger_s 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard goal in a timely, effective manner.
The full study can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.