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A Big Step for Hat Creek Bioenergy

Press release from Aug 9

The proposed Hat Creek Bioenergy facility signed a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The facility proposes to use biomass from local forest health projects to create electricity (ca. 3 megawatts) using new technology. The facility is a partnership between local Hat Creek Construction, and West Biofuels, located in Woodland CA. Unlike solar power, utilization of biomass requires regular handling of material, which translates to more jobs and better socioeconomics. Utilization of biomass also helps improve forest management and air quality as the material is not burned in open piles, and thinning of dense forest structure reduces risk of higher intensity wildfires. The project is in part funded through grants received by the Fall River Resource Conservation District through a Wood Innovations Grant (U.S. Forest Service) and Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) from the California Energy Commission (CEC).

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