Biomass-to-Electricity: Pilot-Scale Testing of Baseload Compared to Flexible Power


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Biomass-to-Electricity: Pilot-Scale Testing of Baseload Compared to Flexible Power
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project will provide grant funding to pilot-scale demonstrations of three different energy pathways for conversion of woody biomass to electricity. After identifying the optimal pathway, additional testing will be performed and technical, economic, and environmental performance of a full-scale facility will be evaluated via modeling and simulation

Contact Information

Kevin Uy
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
1084 Columbia Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15301 and 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 Existing facilities provides an exemption for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing structures, facilities, mechanical equipment or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing. This project will involve operation and minor alterations to an existing biomass gasifier system at the University Of California Riverside Center for Environmental Research and technology. The facility already researches the production of biomass-derived fuel for electric generation, therefore there will be negligible to no expansion of the existing use of facility. The materials being used are chemically inert, not hazardous to human health, and do not have a significant effect on the environment. Section 15306 Information Collection provides an exemption for basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resources evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. This project will involve basic data collection, research, and analysis including computer modeling to estimate the energy balance of an existing biomass gasifier system and the economic impact if the system is widely adopted in California. This research is computer-based and has no environmental impact.

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