This week, Governor Brown signed SB1122 into law. This law’s intent is to, “encourage electrical generation from eligible renewable energy resources.” The law directs the Public Utilities Commission to procure at least 250 megawatts of power from developers of new bioenergy projects. Of this amount, at least 50 megawatts of power must come from “bioenergy using byproducts of sustainable forest management…”
This increases the likelihood that the project to build a gasification plant at the Mill Site in North Fork will actually happen. The project would generate up to 1 megawatt of power and create several local jobs, including some in the forest.
The text of the new law can be found here.