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Biomass Task Force Overview. Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting, March 26, 2013. History/Background . Task Force Started 3 ½ Years Ago Task Force Members Represent Local, State and Federal Government, Industry, Environmental Interests, Business Interests,

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biomass task force overview

Biomass Task Force Overview

Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting, March 26, 2013

history background
History/Background
  • Task Force Started 3 ½ Years Ago
  • Task Force Members
    • Represent Local, State and Federal Government, Industry, Environmental Interests, Business Interests,

Fire Safe Council, Interested Public (open to anyone)

  • Task Force Focus
    • Assist Reduction of Wildfire Threat and Effects
    • Establish Facility To Use Excess Biomass
biomass facility
Biomass Facility
  • Several Options: Electricity/Heat, Pellets, Biofuel
  • Electricity
    • Steam to Electricity and Heat
    • Gasification to Electricity and Heat
benefits of a biomass facility
Benefits of a Biomass Facility
  • Provides a Market for Utilization of Excess Biomass
    • Potential Support to Landowners for Hazard Reduction Work
      • Increased Protection for Communities and Resources
  • Reduced Open Burning, On-site Decay, Disposal
    • Fewer Emissions/Pollutants, Better Air Quality
  • Jobs/Economic Benefits: ~4.9 Jobs/Megawatt
  • Offset Fossil Fuel Energy Generation
  • Potential to Incorporate Other Waste Materials for Fuel
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Emissions Reduction Benefits

Biomass Facility vs. Open Burning

biomass feasibility assessment current task force priority
Biomass Feasibility AssessmentCurrent Task Force Priority
  • Biomass Feasibility Assessment Elements
    • Sustainable Supply Assessment
    • Identify and Rate Feasible Facility Locations
    • Technology Assessment
    • Initial Economic Assessment
biomass feasibility assessment
Biomass Feasibility Assessment
  • What is Needed?
    • Funding: ~$50,000
    • Pursuing Grants
      • Community Development Block Grant
      • USDA Rural Development
      • Contributions From Various Organizations
  • Value of an Assessment
    • Credible Information to Describe Options, Build Support
challenges
Challenges
  • Cost of Building a Facility--$4-5 Million/MW
  • Biomass Processing and Transportation Costs
  • Resistance of Major Utilities for Grid Hookup
  • Current Electricity Rates
potential solutions
Potential Solutions
  • SB 1122, Feed In Tariff Support for Biomass Energy
  • Carbon Credits for Utilizing Excess Biomass
  • Community and County BOS Support in Dealing with Utilities
county support
County Support
  • Continue Task Force Participation—BOS Presence From Beginning of Task Force
  • CDB G Support
  • Conceptual Support