Grant: $2,452,250 - Forest Service - Aug. 28, 2009
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Award Description: Buena Vista Biomass Power, LLC (BVBP) is an 18.4 MW woody biomass renewable energy electric generation facility located near the community of Buena Vista, California approximately 40 miles southeast of Sacramento. In 1999, due to a confluence of factors, including deregulation of electricity markets in California, the project?s power contract was bought out by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the project was temporarily closed. Due to the downturn in the market, the project was not returned to commercial operation. Given the advent of a renewable portfolio standard in the state, continuous evaluations over the last several years have documented the benefits of returning the project to service, as a certified renewable energy, woody biomass fueled generation project. The facility is currently being repowered and is scheduled for commercial operation during the second quarter of 2010. The ARRA award will contribute to the re-powering of a facility that will: (1) accomplish resource benefits through hazardous fuels reduction and forest health restoration projects, thus reducing future costs and wildfire risks, (2) where possible, convert material generated into renewable energy and other products, and (3) support the local Amador County communities with labor opportunities during the repowering and operation phases of the project. The repowering phase will commence in September 2009 and between 40 and 50 jobs will be created to support this effort. During June 2010 commencement of commercial operation the BVBP facility will provide full time employment for 23 on site and about 70 individuals will be involved with local contractors to harvest, collect, process and transport fuel to BVBP. The facility will utilize approximately 30 truckloads per day over a minimum of 330 days per year. About 1/3 of the fuel procured for the plant will be sourced directly from forest fuels treatment/forest restoration activities. Due to the proximity of BVBP to public lands (El Dorado NF, Stanislaus NF and Mother Lode District of the BLM) most of the forest fuel is expected to be accessed from publicly managed lands.
Project Description: No activites performed to date
Jobs Summary: None created to date, no ARRA funds invoiced (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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