Department Of Energy Allocates $30 Million For Biomass Plants

A company with a biomass co-generation plant in the Burney area is getting up to $30 Million from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide low-carbon stable energy for Burney and for Mariposa and Mammoth Lakes, where their other operations are located. Each of the plants being built by West Biofuels are expected to produce three Megawatts of electricity using 28,000 to 35,000 dry tons of forest debris annually. That will offset 53,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year from fossil energy displacement, fire mitigation and biochar sequestration. Each plant will be run by 15 employees.