California Bill Gives Biomass Industry A Boost

Biomass facilities across the state banked their future on Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 859 on Wednesday, which gives energy providers incentive to consider bioenergy and purchase electricity from those plants. The bill will allow bioenergy plants to stay in business or at least that is the hope. Contract negotiations between power companies […]

Biomass facilities across the state banked their future on Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 859 on Wednesday, which gives energy providers incentive to consider bioenergy and purchase electricity from those plants.

The bill will allow bioenergy plants to stay in business or at least that is the hope. Contract negotiations between power companies and bioenergy plants will work out the details of who will stay afloat. Current contracts with power companies with will term out by the end of this year, leaving many biomass plants scrambling to sign new deals.

SB 859, along with Assembly Bill 1613 signed on Wednesday, provides direction on the spending of $900 million in cap-and-trade funding. SB 859 gives bioenergy the type of incentive solar and wind power enjoys.

Bioenergy is produced from harvested wood and sold to energy providers, like Pacific Gas & Electric in the North State, which purchased 92 percent of all bioenergy in the state last year, said PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno.

Coupled with drought, wildfires and bark beetle infestation in the Sierra National Forest, the need for an option to dispose of wood fuels is at an all-time high and biomass is a natural fit say proponents of the SB 859.

From the Record Searchlight: http://www.redding.com/news/local/senate-bill-gives-support-to-biomass-industry-3c523ce1-7eb4-71c2-e053-0100007f1263-393487541.html

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