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Nevada County offers 2 biomass presentations Tuesday

Keri Brenner
Staff Writer

Two opportunities are open Tuesday to learn about potential sites and plans for Nevada County’s first biomass plant.

Steve Eubanks, chair of the Nevada County Biomass Task Force, will unveil findings in a feasibility report commissioned by the task force earlier this year. The report offers rankings for a potential developer to gauge which site in the county offers the best access and amenities and the least disturbance to the community.

If built, the 3 megawatt woody-waste-eating-plant is expected to generate electricity, reduce open burning, create jobs and help with fire prevention.

“One of our goals is to improve local and regional air quality by finding alternative uses for woody biomass that would normally be open-burned,” Eubanks says in a PowerPoint presentation scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., will be at the county’s Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

An evening presentation is also scheduled Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tahoe National Forest office, 631 Coyote St., Nevada City.

Eubanks said the evening session will feature a question and answer period and then an open house with various displays on site options, economics, energy generation and operation details.

Nevada County is planning for what is called a gasification system. In gasification, the woody biomass chips are heated to a point where they generate a gas, which then is used to power an engine that generates electricity. There is no wood burning or smoke involved, and there would likely be minimal noise, fumes or smell, Eubanks said. An estimated 10 to 12 trucks per day would be traveling to and from the plant, he said.

To see the feasibility study online, visit http://www.areyoufiresafe.com and click on “resources,” then “biomass.”

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email kbrenner@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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