– November 3, 2017, Sierra News Online
The North Fork bioenergy plant has just cleared another hurdle toward getting the project up and running. They have now been offered a power purchase agreement from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
North Fork Community Power, LLC, is a joint venture between Phoenix Energy and the North Fork Community Development Council that will own and operate a biomass gasification facility in North Fork.
– by Christin Ayers, September 24, 2017, CBS SF Bay Area
Photo: SF Gate
Deep in California, in the Sierra National Forest, there are more dead trees than live ones. And figuring out what do with them is a towering task.
Forest Supervisor Dean Gould sees the evidence every day of the state’s massive tree die-off, a crisis that’s claimed more than 102-million trees over eight million acres in the past seven years.
“It’s unprecedented. A whole variety of conditions had to happen simultaneously and they did,” Gould said.
– by Steve Wathen, August 14, 2017, Plumas County News
Graphic: Biomass Magazine
Lori Simpson, chairwoman of the board of supervisors, said that she has been on the board for nine years and that entire time the board has been discussing biofuels. “Now, we have the whole package,” she said. “A non-profit went out and acquired a grant to help pay for the system.”
“Yes there is a certain amount of risk,” she added, “However, I ask myself, ‘Am I going to be a visionary?’”
Simpson declared, “I think this is a great opportunity. We are going to be the showcase for the state. I don’t want to lose this opportunity.”
– August 26, 2017, Construction and Demolition Recycling
Napa, California, city council and the city’s waste hauler, Napa Recycling and Waste Services, have proposed two biomass facilities that diverts wood waste from landfill, a report from the Napa Valley Register says. The pair of plants will use gasification to generate power from the wood waste.
The biomass plant would be located at the Napa Materials Diversion Facility and city officials say it will create 2 megawatts of electricity that Napa Waste and Recycling can sell to the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E).
– May 5, 2017, Times Herald
Photo: California Biomass Energy Alliance
A Yolo County biomass company was ordered Friday to pay a multi-million dollar penalty as result of civil settlement reached in an environmental protection action.
Woodland Biomass Power was sentenced by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam to pay $4.22 million for penalties, costs and remediation.
The action was filed by district attorneys from Yolo, Solano and San Joaquin counties.