Camptonville Biomass-to-Energy Project

Advancing a small-scale, low-emission, water-efficient bioenergy power plant.

Camptonville Community Partnership

Recipient

Camptonville, CA

Recipient Location

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Senate District

3rd

Assembly District

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$1,526,154

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Project Update

The Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP) has made significant progress since signing the contract in February 2020. Key progress includes:
- All pre-construction permitting: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Conditional Use Permit; Air Permit; Conversion Permit
- Preliminary design and engineering
- Power Purchase Agreement
- Land Ownership
- Secured a new Engineering, Procurement, and Construction subcontractor: Engeman Camptonville Green Energy, LP

The critical next step is the financing package.

The Issue

California is experiencing unprecedented levels of tree die-off. Factors that are contributing to the die-off include several consecutive years of drought, warmer temperatures, and an infestation of bark beetles. The number of dead trees in California greatly exceeds the level expected for healthy forests, and this overabundance of forest fuel increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires that threaten property and lives. Bioenergy is captured as one solution to help manage forest biomass volumes; however, there is a need to demonstrate technologies that can economically convert biomass to electricity.

Project Innovation

This agreement will fund the demonstration and deployment of a biomass power plant with a minimum capacity of 3 MW net (3.5 MW gross). The biomass facility will include advanced low-emissions technology to reduce NOx, CO and VOC emissions, and the facility will include a state-of-the art low water consumption condenser.

Project Goals

Electricity generation from forest biomass that is lower in air pollutants and water use.
Provide reliable power in rural communities.

Project Benefits

This project will address the goal of reducing wildfire threats by using dead and diseased trees and other forest byproducts removed from forest lands to produce a minimum of 3 MW of electric power for grid export in an environmentally responsible manner. Power will be exported to the grid under the Bioenergy Market Adjustment Tariff (BioMAT) program. The power plant will integrate an advanced emissions controls and a state-of-the-art low water use condenser. The technologies that comprise the integrated system have all been successfully used at large scales but have not been demonstrated as an integrated system at a the relatively small scale planned for this project.

Consumer Appeal

Consumer Appeal

This project is a community-based initiative that has many supporters, including local community organizations and agencies, environmental organizations, regional timber operators, county and state government representatives and agencies, federal land management agencies, and several air quality management districts.

Economic Development

Economic Development

The Camptonville project will create living-wage jobs in economically distressed Sierra Nevada communities by demonstrating a successful business model for biomass utilization. The Camptonville plant is estimated to create up to 27 full time new jobs. This employment increase is expected to cut the unemployment rate in the community by more than 50% (decrease from nearly 9% to about to 4%).

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

The Camptonville project will generate power using advanced emissions controls that will keep NOx, CO, and VOC emissions well within air district limits. In addition, the project will use an advanced condenser for heat rejection that will significantly reduce water consumption.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

Power will be exported to PG&E, which will help increase grid reliability in rural regions near Camptonville and the surrounding foothill communities.

Increase Safety

Safety

By using dead and diseased trees and forest byproducts, this project will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, thereby mitigating threats to people and property.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Lindsey Nitta

Project Coordinator
Camptonville Community Partnership
Project Member

Cathy LeBlanc

Executive Director
Camptonville Community Partnership
Project Member

Rick Tidball

Consultant
Tidball Consulting, LLC
Project Member

Keith Davidson

Consultant
DE SOLUTIONS, INC.

Subrecipients

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DE Solutions, Inc.

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Christiana Darlington

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Phoenix Energy

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PACE Engineering

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Tidball Consulting

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Hite Consulting

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Industrial Accessories Company

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PPS Services Group

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Mid Pacific Engineering, Inc.

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Headwaters Environmental Inc.

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Williams Consulting

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Match Partners

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Phoenix Energy

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