Bioenergy

SCE Introduces Renewable Energy Contract to Expand Biomass Generation

Southern California Edison (SCE) issued a Biomass Standard Contract to help smaller biomass generators contribute to California’s achieving its aggressive renewable energy and environmental goals. Biomass projects eligible for SCE’s new standard contracts include landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wood, fuel cell, digester gas, and sewer gas.

“Governor Schwarzenegger asked our industry to find ways to step up the use of the state’s renewable biomass resources to generate electricity,” said Pedro Pizarro, SCE’s senior vice president of power procurement. “We believe this innovative approach will do just that, prompting many small biomass generators to join California’s growing renewable energy industry.” Prior to SCE’s new initiative, California biomass projects with generating capacities between 100 kilowatts (kW) and 1 megawatt (MW) had limited opportunities to sell their energy. SCE’s new Biomass Standard Contract opens the door for these projects, and provides a faster, simpler way for biomass projects under 20 MW to sell their power to utility customers. SCE is offering three new biomass contract options for projects with less than 1 MW of generating capacity, 1 MW to 5 MW, and greater than 5 MW to 20 MW. Contract terms of 10, 15, or 20 years will be accepted. The utility plans to accept up to 250 MW of new biomass capacity through the new program. Final agreements are subject to review and approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. Biomass project developers can apply online at the first link below. The application will be reviewed by the utility and, if qualified, finalized. SCE’s new contracts will be available until Dec. 31, 2007, and may be withdrawn after a total of 250 MW are enrolled.