Waste-to-Energy in California: Technology, Issues, and Context
Release date: October, 2011
This report serves as a starting point for discussions concerning the conversion of
post-recycled urban-derived biomass and municipal waste to energy. It is not intended
to be an all-inclusive review. There is controversy regarding the technologies,
especially eligibility of thermal systems such as gasification for the State's
renewable portfolio standard. This prompted the Governor's Office to
request that CCST undertake a review of the operation, technological, and
environmental performance of conversion technologies.
The report concludes that waste-to-energy technologies could have positive
environmental impacts in California, but that both sides in the debate over converting municipal
waste to energy have valid positions.