CR&R Municipal Solid Waste to Transportation Biomethane: Phase I Perris Anaerobic Digester
March 27, 2023
Transportation Energy (600)
Clean Transportation Program
David Fahrion, Clarke Pauley , Michael Silva
The local production of renewable natural gas from municipal solid waste is a key component of California’s strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from both landfills and the transportation sector. CR&R Incorporated completed the first phase of the Perris anaerobic digester in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is now using the renewable natural gas produced at facility to pick up the waste that feeds the digester. This innovative project has already demonstrated a variety of economic development and policy attainment benefits for the state, positive environmental and job benefits for the City of Perris, which is a disadvantaged community that has been disproportionately impacted by economic and environmental factors, and lab and research growth opportunities for UC Riverside.
This project has a triple bottom-line impact with demonstrated contributions in (1) improving the state’s economy, (2) increasing prosperity in a disadvantaged community, and (3) improving the environment across multiple sectors (energy, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions, waste). The project is a meaningful contributor to the state’s growing bioenergy industry cluster and has already attracted attention from developers, investors, and governments in other parts of the U.S. and throughout the world.