6.2.6 Renewable Gas Standards

LPDD Recommendation: “States should consider adopting RPS for gas, requiring a minimum percentage of total supply to be met with biogas, hydrogen, and/or synthetic methane.”

LPDD Model Law: State Renewable Gas Standard

Model legislation based on California’s proposed SB 687, which would have established a renewable gas standard requiring an average carbon intensity reduction of 1% in 2020, increasing to 10% by 2030.

California’s Biomethane Procurement Program

Biomethane procurement targets for utilities of 72.8 billion cubic feet annually of biomethane by 2030, equating to approximately 12% of the gas used by residences and small businesses in 2020.

Oregon’s SB 98

Creates increasing targets for the use of renewable natural gas in Oregon, moving in steps from 5% in 2020-24 to 30% by 2045-50. 

California SB 1440

Requires the state’s PUC to consider adopting specific biomethane procurement targets or goals for each gas corporation.

California’s proposed SB 687

Proposed SB 687 would have established a Renewable Gas Standard requiring an average carbon intensity reduction of one percent in 2020, increasing to 10 percent in 2030.

Report, Design Principles for a Renewable Gas Standard

ICF published a 2018 white paper exploring the regulatory and policy context for RNG, RNG supply, the costs associated with RNG production, and key considerations in the development of a Renewable Gas Standard. It focused on California.