Guide to Energy Independence

The District adopted a comprehensive Biosolids and Energy Strategic Plan (BESP) which provides us with a roadmap to energy sustainability in a phased timeline. The focus of the BESP is to implement the best combination of biosolids treatment, disposal, and energy recovery improvements to reduce ongoing operational expenditures and move us towards energy neutrality. The first phase includes the construction of a new digester, biogas conditioning facility, and a combined heat and power (CHP) system to convert the biogas generated through the treatment process into energy to power our facilities. These improvements allow us to be less reliant on grid power and save money for our ratepayers and capacity partners.

We have finished the design of our phase 1 project and have sent out the environmental document for public review.  Construction of the Phase 1 improvements is scheduled to start in early 2023 and be completed in 1 year.  We have initiated the preliminary design of the BESP phase 2 project and are considering ways to accelerate its completion.  The completion of phase 2 of the BESP is expected to occur by 2030 at the latest.


The main objective of the BESP is to provide a biosolids and energy roadmap and strategy for GSD to reach energy-sufficiency by reassessing their biosolids management practices in combination with numerous energy production approaches (energy generation, utilization, storage, and renewable energy sources). The planning horizon is established for year 2043.


For more information, please read the summary document below and the Mitigated Negative Declaration documents as well. The public comment period is open through May 18, 2022.


If you have any questions or comments please fill out this form. You may also submit comments in writing to the District at our headquarters, 1 William Moffett Place, Goleta. If you'd like a response please include your name and address. Thank you.