Assembly Bill 1900, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a bill which removes barriers to the development of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a fuel in California, passed the Senate Utilities Committee after a nearly three hour hearing by a vote of 11-0. In conjunction with AB 2196 (joint authored by Assemblymen Gatto and Wesley Chesbro), AB 1900 will change the counterproductive current regime that forces California companies to waste their natural resources and California utilities to buy RNG out of state. This bill will also honor existing biomethane contracts signed by municipal utilities throughout the state.
Representatives from Glendale, Pasadena and Los Angeles traveled to Sacramento to support the bill. Senators heard from tens of stakeholders concerned that utility rates in Burbank and Pasadena would skyrocket unless Gatto’s bill passed.