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Notice of Staff Workshop

Roadmap for the Development of
Biomass in California

The California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Renewables staff will conduct a workshop to solicit public comments on the "Roadmap for the Development of Biomass in California."

November 16, 2006
9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Agenda for Workshop

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 888-396-9185 by 9:30 a.m.
Passcode: Bio Mass

Electronic copies of the agenda, workshop notice, and the roadmap are available on the Energy Commission's website at www.energy.ca.gov/pier/notices/.

Purpose

The purpose of this public workshop is to present the findings and results of the roadmap for the sustainable development of biomass in California. This preliminary roadmap document is intended to solicit public comments and discussion on future state actions needed to achieve the vision of sustainable biomass resource management and development in California. The document has been prepared primarily by the Executive Board and staff of the California Biomass Collaborative and builds on efforts at both the national and state levels to increase the use of biomass for energy and products. Although it discusses issues that face biomass development everywhere, this roadmap views them from a short-term to long-term planning perspective focused on California. A final roadmap will be prepared after additional inputs are sought from this staff workshop.

The final roadmap is intended to inform and guide policy makers, law makers, regulators, researchers, and developers involved with biomass and energy issues in California, but should be of interest to anyone concerned about environmental impacts, sustainable resource management, and our current use of fossil fuels. The roadmap supports and extends actions and recommendations set forth in the Governor's executive order on bioenergy1 and the recent state bioenergy action plan.2

1Governor's Executive Order S-06-06, issued April 25, 2006. 2California Bioenergy Action Plan, released July 13, 2006,
http://www.energy.ca.gov/bioenergy_action_plan/index.html


Background

California is rich in biomass resources that offer great opportunity for increasing the production of clean, renewable energy and products. Biomass-biologically derived renewable materials-can contribute significantly more toward improving California's environment and sustaining a healthy and prosperous economy. In agriculture, forestry, waste management, and dedicated energy crop production, biomass utilization can improve stewardship of natural resources and provide new economic opportunities.

This preliminary roadmap includes overview of opportunities, challenges, and constraints for biomass, discusses possible scenarios for future development, and introduces priority areas for future actions. The present situation regarding energy and biomass in California is described along with projections of the state's future and implications for biomass development through 2050.

Objectives for future actions are centered around the main goals for improving resource production and acquisition and increasing the use of biomass for power, heat, biofuels, and bio-based products. These goals include conducting necessary research; supporting new bio-based industries that must compete with established conventional suppliers of energy, fuel, and products; recognizing biomass as a substitute for declining reserves of fossil fuels; and ensuring that the public is fully informed about the effect and benefits associated with biomass.

Recommended actions are identified within each of the five priority areas:

Resource access and feedstock markets and supply: Feedstock suppliers need access to biomass resources and must be able to deliver feedstock into biomass markets in sustainable ways and at acceptable prices.

Market expansion, access, and technology deployment: Power plants, biorefineries, and other biomass converters require access both to firm biomass feedstock supplies and to product markets. Market access, in turn, requires both physical capacity to deliver product through power lines, pipelines, trucks, and other transport systems and the ability to price product competitively.

Research, development, and demonstration: New technologies need commercial demonstration and deployment to produce new fuels and additional renewable bio-based products. Continuing advances should be sought in conversion efficiency and environmental performance.

Education, training, and outreach: Supporting resource, market, and technology developments must be education, training, and public outreach to develop new information, crops, and technologies, provide skilled personnel, disseminate information, and establish public dialogue over the many issues of concern.

Policy, regulations, and statutes: Policies, regulations, and laws will influence public behaviors, technology implementation, and markets; these need to be comprehensive and have a vision of the long-term potential.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2006. The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document format (PDF) to [vtiangco@energy.state.ca.us]. Please include "Biomass Roadmap Comments" in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. For comments by postal mail, please hand deliver or mail the original and one copy to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: Biomass Roadmap, Valentino Tiangco
1516 Ninth Street, MS-43
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Please include your name, organization and contact information on all correspondence. All written material related to this workshop will become part of the public record.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

For technical questions on the project, please email Valentino Tiangco, Senior Technical Lead and Manager of Biomass Projects at [vtiangco@energy.state.ca.us].

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Date Posted: October 20, 2006

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