Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy
Proposed Biomass Project Will See If Regulations Constrain Development
Center Repeatedly Told That Permit Process Works Against Developers
Center President Norris McDonald and Center consultant John McCormick traveled to Sacarmento (March 28-29) to brief legislators and agency representatives on the proposed biomass plant on Catalina Island. The Center, through its subsidiary Green Electric, is seeking to fuel its plant with wood from wildfire areas on the mainland of California, which will simultaneously mitigate wildfires. This renewable energy project fits very well with California's Renewable Fuels Standard, global warming mitigation goals, Biomass Action Plan 2011 and its ongoing air pollution reduction goals.
The Center representatives were in Sacramento from March 28th - March 29th and met with Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, representatives from the California Energy Commission, staff at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Air Resources Board), a deputy commissioner at the California Department of Insurance and the State Geologist at the California Geological Survey. The meetings were very productive and informative. The Center briefed them on the Green Electric Biomass Project and the discussions highlighted the need for additional biomass electricity production in the State of California.
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