The LPDD team is proud to announce the publication of another new model law, a piece of model state legislation requiring the study of renewable gas potential for production or import. This proposal was drafted by Julia Kindlon of Arnold and Porter and was peer reviewed by Romany Webb of the Sabin Center. It is available to view here.
Excerpted from the introductory memorandum to the model law:
Since states will have different capacities for manufacturing or acquiring renewable gas, before adopting a renewable gas standard, the appropriate agency within a state should first undertake a study of the state’s ability to produce in the state or obtain outside the state renewable gas so as to determine the appropriate goals for a renewable gas standard.
The accompanying annotated model legislation includes language for directing the appropriate agency to conduct a study regarding the availability of renewable gas for use in the state by gas utility companies. The model legislation was prepared based on Hawaii’s proposed SB 2818 SD2 HD1, which, if passed, would “fund and require the public utilities commission to conduct a study regarding the availability, feasibility, and costs of the use of renewable gas in Hawaii by gas utility companies.”