Development and Demonstration of Distributed Biomass CHP Microgrid Systems


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Development and Demonstration of Distributed Biomass CHP Microgrid Systems
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This work focuses on continued development and release of the All Power Labs 25 kW combined heat and power biomass generator system, Power Pallet PP30 v 3.0, which will include improvements to feedstock flexibility and operations and maintenance, configuration into a containerized inverter-based microgrid distributed energy resource, and demonstration of the system at a disadvantaged community site in California. Each microgrid container will be sized to 50 kW of power generation and will consist of two PP30 Power Pallets, one L00120 Energy Port Battery System, two Oztek RS40 bi-directional inverters, and an Ageto Microgrid Control System. The containerized microgrid will be grid connected, offsetting grid electricity during operating hours. In the event that the grid goes down, the microgrid will be able to island as a single controllable entity under the command of an advanced controller from Ageto Energy. The microgrid controller will isolate the containers from the grid providing renewable backup power.

Contact Information

Pamela Doughman
Agency Name
Commission Agreement Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Alameda, Oakland
Cross Streets
2311 Magnolia Street

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sec. 15301 and Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15329(b)
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sec. 15301 Existing Facilities- This project involves development and operation of a novel dispatchable multi-modal biomass energy microgrid in an existing commercial facility. Therefore, the project falls within section 15301 and will not have a significant effect on the environment. Small-scale co-generation at existing facilities is categorically exempt from CEQA per Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sec. 15329(b) and as this proposal consists of development and testing of cogeneration equipment with a capacity of 50 MW or less at existing facilities, it meets the conditions described in this section of CEQA Exemptions for cogeneration projects at existing facilities. The facility where the work will be conducted is located in a commercial industrial zone, which is generally appropriate for light industrial activities. The work will not result in an increase of noise to nearby residences in excess of the local performance standards and the equipment will not result in emissions above the thresholds established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Furthermore, this project will neither involve handling hazardous materials nor any explosives.


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