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Implementation of Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Treatment Elements of the BLM’s Ely RMP/EIS: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships to Secure Environmental and Economic Benefits in Lincoln County, Nevada. Mike L. Baughman, Ph.D., CEcD Contract Executive Director

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Implementation of Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Treatment Elements of the BLM’s Ely RMP/EIS: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships to Secure Environmental and Economic Benefits in Lincoln County, Nevada

Mike L. Baughman, Ph.D., CEcD

Contract Executive Director

Lincoln County Regional Development Authority

December 8, 2010


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BLM’s Ely RMP/EIS: A Roadmap for Environmental Stewardship and Multiple-Use for Public Land in Lincoln County, Nevada

  • Final in November 2007, the Ely RMP/EIS resulted from nearly five years of planning and analysis

  • Extensive public involvement

    • Scoping meetings throughout Nevada

    • 650 comment letters on the Draft Ely RMP/EIS

  • Three federal agencies, four state agencies, four tribal governments and three local governments formally participated as cooperating agencies in preparation of the Ely RMP/EIS

  • Science-based analyses

  • 20-year plan

  • Implementation-ready

  • Tiering to EIS for individual treatment project EAs


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Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Treatment Elements of the Ely RMP/EIS

  • Pinyon-Juniper woodland acreage Ely District-wide

    • Mature woodlands 324,000 acres

    • Over-mature woodlands 2.9 million acres

    • Other woodlands 370,000 acres

  • 2.7 million acres of Pinyon-Juniper in need of treatment

  • Pinyon-Juniper treatment benefits

    • Increased mosaic of multiple-aged shrubs, forbs, and perennial grasses

    • Maintenance of soil stability

    • Cycling of energy, nutrients and water

    • Reduced risk of catastrophic wild fire

    • Enhanced wildlife habitat including for sage grouse


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Impediments to Implementation of BLM Ely RMP/EIS Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Elements

  • Funding

    • Program management/resource specialist staffing (planning; monitoring)

    • Professional contracts (NEPA, Section 106, ESA compliance)

    • Woodland treatment

  • Disposal of biomass


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Public/Private Partnership Opportunities to AddressImpediments to Implementation of Pinyon-Juniper Elements of BLM’s Ely RMP/EIS

  • Stewardship End Result Contracting

    • BLM/private parties

    • BLM/public entities

    • To perform PJ woodland treatment services to achieve environmental benefits

    • Encourage community involvement

    • Provide local economic/fiscal benefits

  • Industrial Utilization of Treatment Related Biomass

    • Energy generation

      • thermal

      • electrical

    • building materials

    • bedding materials/mulch

    • Other

  • Avoided costs to BLM for treatment of PJ woodlands


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Lincoln County, Nevada Pinyon-Juniper BiomassElectrical Energy Generation Feasibility Study

  • Board of Lincoln County Commissioners desire full implementation of BLM Ely RMP/EIS pinyon-juniper woodland treatment elements to achieve related environmental and wild fire risk reduction benefits

  • A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. desires to develop a 10 MW pinyon-juniper biomass fired electrical generation project

  • Lincoln County Power District No. 1 has identified two existing substations at which up to 10 MW of new generation can be added to existing transmission in the vicinity of Pioche (northern Lincoln County)

  • September 2010 Board of Lincoln County Commissioners and A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. enter into Memorandum of Agreement to jointly fund pinyon-juniper biomass electrical energy generation feasibility study


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Board of Lincoln County Commissioners/A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. Memorandum of Agreement

  • County and A-Power each contribute $47,500 to fund feasibility study

  • Scope of Work and Request for Proposal developed and issued

  • The Beck Group (Portland, Oregon) retained to complete study

  • Draft study due by mid-December 2010

  • Final study due by late-December 2010

  • Lincoln County to work with BLM to develop Stewardship Contract

  • A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. to have first right of refusal to pinyon-juniper biomass covered by possible BLM /Lincoln County Stewardship Contract

  • Decision by A-Power whether to proceed with project anticipated by mid-2011


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Lincoln County, Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Biomass Fired Electrical Generation Project Feasibility Study Outline

  • Feasibility Study Outline

    • Biomass Fuel Supply Assessment (Chapter 5)

    • Assessment of Potential Plants Sites (Chapter 6)

    • Review of Alternative Markets and Products (Chapter 7)

    • Identification of Thermal Energy Uses in Lincoln County (Chapter 8)

    • Review of Power Transmission Infrastructure (Chapter 9)

    • Market Analysis of Power Sales (Chapter 10)

    • Evaluation of Optimal Facility Scale (Chapter 11)

    • Environmental Permitting & Regulatory Requirements (Chapter 12)

    • Evaluation of Energy Production Technology (Chapter 13)

    • Incentive Programs (Chapter 14)

    • Selection of Preferred Site for Biomass Power Generation Facility (Chapter 15)

    • Financial Analysis of Biomass Power Generation Facility at the Preferred Site (Chapter 16)


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Lincoln County, Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Biomass Fired Electrical Generation Project Feasibility Study Preliminary Results

  • 10 MW biomass electrical generation project will require 66,000 bone dry tons (BDT) of fuel (woodchips) per year

  • 30 year supply of biomass resulting from anticipated BLM treatment of PJ woodlands within 30 miles of alternative power plant sites

  • Mechanized treatment of PJ woodlands may cost between approximately $45 and $80 per BDT depending upon stand density (lower cost for higher density stands)

  • Transportation of biomass may cost between approximately $12 and $62 per BDT depending upon distance from treatment area to power plant site

  • Biomass fuel resulting from BLM PJ woodland treatment within 30 miles of alternative power plant sites may cost approximately $60 per BDT


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Factors Affecting the Feasibility of a Lincoln County, Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Biomass Electrical Generation Plant

  • Price of electricity obtained through Power Purchase Agreement

  • Rate of interest on construction and long term financing

  • Amount of equity required to secure project financing

  • Availability of sizeable customer for thermal energy by-product

  • Facility scale

  • Cost of treatment of PJ woodlands

  • Cost of transportation of PJ biomass

  • Extent of contribution by BLM to cost of planning, permitting and implementing PJ woodland treatment

  • Availability of 10-20 year Stewardship Contract


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For Additional Information

Contact:

Mike Baughman, Ph.D., CEcD

Contract Executive Director

Lincoln County Regional Development Authority

(775) 315-2544

[email protected]


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