Bill to Help Decarbonize Space and Water Heating in California Introduced Today

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has introduced a bill to incentivize renewable gaseous fuels to help decarbonize space and water heating in California.

In 2016, California set a target to reduce short-lived climate pollutants by 40 percent, below 2013 levels, by 2030. To help California reach that target, SB 1477 was introduced in 2018. SB 1477 established the BUILD and TECH Initiatives. The TECH program aims to advance market development for low-emissions space and water heating technologies by providing incentives to distributors and retailers to make these technologies available to customers.

The TECH initiative has eliminated renewable gaseous fuels from the incentive equation, which decreases market competition and stymies innovation.

 “SB 1477 took an important step forward by acknowledging the climate impact that space and water heaters are having on our environment, but it failed to appropriately address the problem by focusing on a singular solution. Renewable gaseous fuels should also be an option because it is a seamless solution that allows residents to keep their existing appliances and reduce greenhouse gases associated with residential use,” explained Assemblymember Quirk.

“Renewable natural gas and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard are reducing the carbon intensity of our transportation fuels through incentives that were created and implemented by state. It would stand to reason that there should be a similar program on the stationary side,” said Johannes D. Escudero, President and CEO of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. “AB 1142 will deliver on that promise by allowing the California Public Utilities Commission to incentivize renewable gaseous fuel use in our homes and help decarbonize space and water heating. I implore the legislature to pass this legislation and take a bold step by providing multiple solutions to an important problem.”

AB 1143 will be eligible to be heard in March.