SACRAMENTO – Executive Director of the California Biomass Energy Alliance (CBEA), Julee Malinowski-Ball, issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 859.
"We commend Governor Jerry Brown for signing Senate Bill 859. The Governor understands the importance of the biomass industry as it pertains to the state's renewable energy portfolio standard and the eradication of dead and dying trees from high hazard fire zones.
"This law will provide some certainty to the biomass industry which has struggled due to antiquated contracts. Under SB 859, investor-owned utilities and large public-owned utilities must enter into five-year contracts for a portion of at least 125 megawatts of power from biomass facilities that generate electricity through the use of forest materials removed from specific high fire hazard zones.
"Most importantly, this law protects hundreds of jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and promotes long-term forest management goals.
"CBEA praises the Governor and the Legislature for their ongoing support of the biomass industry."Download the Public Statement
SACRAMENTO – Executive Director of the California Biomass Energy Alliance (CBEA), Julee Malinowski-Ball, issued the following statement after Governor Brown issued a State of Emergency for the removal of dead and dying trees.
"Today, Governor Brown took a bold step to protect the public from potential fire hazards by calling for the expedited removal of dead and dying trees in California's forested areas. This proclamation identifies elevated fire hazard zones from the unprecedented die-off and prioritizes tree removal in these areas. It also calls for the state to dispose of the dead trees including the use of biomass.
"CBEA is encouraged that the Governor recognizes the importance of biomass power as it relates to addressing this urgent problem. We will work closely with the Governor, the Forest Service, the Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission in order to carry out this vital state of emergency declaration."Download the Proclamation Download the Public Statement