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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 5, 2017 10:31 AM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman
To: All House members
Subject: Anaerobic Digester Legislation (Prior HB1349)
I intend to reintroduce legislation (prior HB1349) which will prohibit the Public Utility Commission from restricting the size of anaerobic digesters on farms and imposing caps on the size of other alternative energy systems.

The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (“AEPS”) establishes size limits for these systems and any modifications to the size of customer-generator alternative energy systems should fall solely within the purview of the General Assembly.

Anaerobic digesters are a key, environmentally appropriate technology to help agriculture operations remain viable – both in meeting environmental goals (such as Chesapeake Bay water quality standards) as well as providing a valuable revenue source to the farms that have invested in these systems.

My legislation would also prohibit size restrictions for systems that burn methane from the anaerobic digestion of organic materials from yard waste, such as grass clippings and leaves, food waste, sewage sludge as well as landfills.

I would welcome your support of this important legislation.

Introduced as HB556