June 5, 2009 — California Bioenergy, a renewable energy company, agreed to sale of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from its livestock methane capture project to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E’s) ClimateSmart Program. The ClimateSmart Program is a voluntary, tax-deductible program allowing PG&E customers to mitigate the GHG emissions produced through their energy use by paying a separate amount on their monthly bill. PG&E invests the funds in new, independently verified projects that reduce or absorb GHG emissions. The California Bioenergy project, located on a dairy farm in Kern County, Calif., will help combat climate change by yielding 75,000 metric tons of GHG emission reductions.
“California Bioenergy’s contract with PG&E creates tremendous benefits,” said Edwin F. Feo, co-chair of Milbank’s Power, Energy & Utilities practice, working with associate Ari Bessendorf, both in the firm’s Los Angeles office. “The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as facilitate economic development in the area.”
Expected to be completed in 2010, the project will process manure from the dairy through an anaerobic digester that traps the methane gas produced as the manure decomposes. The California Bioenergy project will be verified under the stringent standards for the Climate Action Reserve, a national offset registry recognized by environmental organizations, government agencies and financial markets.