The District is supporting the assessment of the air pollutant emissions benefits and economics of energy conversion technology suitable for small-scale distributed systems in Placer County, utilizing woody biomass wastes from forest fuel thinning treatments, timber harvest residues, and defensible space clearings.
We are also an advocate for a regulatory structure that recognizes the full environmental benefits of the use of forest biomass wastes for energy:
Participated in the creation of the new Feed in Tariff program at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Assisted with the development of California Senate Bill 1122 which requires the CPUC to direct the three large Investor Owned Utilities in California to purchase a total of 50 MW of distributed forest biomass generation from facilities that produce less than 3 MW at strategic locations near forested areas at risk for catastrophic wildfire. We are assisting the CPUC by participating in the SB 1122 process:
Developing a fair power purchase agreement template.
Making sure that the Investor Owned Utilities implement fair and equitable interconnection requirements.
Defining the term “strategic location” in content of communities at risk to catastrophic wildfire.