Cabin Creek Biomass Energy Facility
Early on in implementation of the Biomass Utilization Program, it was recognized that having a market for woody biomass would provide economic assistance and incentive for completing the kinds of forest management and fuels reduction projects that are needed to reduce the threat and impacts of high intensity wildfire. Further, it was recognized that biomass energy facilities represent a viable and proven option for providing such a market for biomass. That led to the planning for a biomass energy facility that would create a market for woody biomass being created in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Planning is now complete, and the County is developing an approach to finance and install a new small-scale combined heat and power facility at the "Cabin Creek" site on land owned by Placer County near the Town of Truckee in eastern Placer County. This facility will utilize technology that is powered entirely by woody biomass - a green renewable fuel generated as a byproduct of forest management and hazardous forest fuels reduction activities-to generate electricity 24/7 for distribution in eastern Placer County. It is hoped the facility will be operational in the 2014 to 2015 time frame. The facility will also provide an opportunity to demonstrate the use of excess heat in the facility building and to melt snow on the roof, road, and sidewalks of the site.
Read about the three primary Congressional appropriations via the Department of Energy received by Placer County to complete the feasibility and environmental assessment work associated with developing a biomass energy facility at Cabin Creek.
A grant from the United States Forest Services and High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development Council funded an initial Feasibility Assessment to evaluate existing technologies that produce electrical energy and heat from biomass materials with air pollutant emissions low enough to be able to be permitted and other attributes that would allow the technology to be utilized in eastern Placer County. Learn more.
View and download reports related to the Biomass Energy Facility project.