Two California Biomass Plants Win Power Contracts

Pacific Gas & Electric has awarded power purchase agreements to two forest-based biomass gasification plants in California.

Developer Phoenix Energy yesterday said that contracts for the two projects — North Fork Community Power in North Fork, Calif., and Blue Mountain Electric Company in Willseyville, Calif. — were awarded under the state’s Bioenergy Feed-in Tariff Program.

The projects will receive $199.72 per MWh exported to the grid for 20 years from commencement of operation, Phoenix Energy said. The company expects that, once they are operating, the projects will collectively export 37,500 MWh per year. The projects have two and a half years to connect to the grid.

According to the company, the projects will use local forest biomass as well as fire threat reduction activities from the Sierra and Yosemite National Forest areas to make electricity, heat and biochar.

“In addition to generating valuable electricity, biochar and heat, these projects are fueled by excess and widely available forestry biomass,” Phoenix Energy CEO Gregory Stangl said in a statement. “These projects will reduce fire danger and stop wasteful ‘pile and burn’ disposal of excess forest material.”

Lead image credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Public Domain

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