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Supervisors Hear Biomass Plan

The next step in the possibility of bringing a biomass plant to Nevada County is to fund a feasibility study. That’s the recommendation to the Board of Supervisors by the Biomass task force. The task force made a presentation at the Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Three speakers each made Powerpoint presentations with topics including the health of today’s forests, fire suppression, and the cost of using forest materials to produce energy. Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Executive Director Joanne Drummond says not only can forest materials produce energy, but they need to be removed for safety reasons…

Listen to Joanne Drummond

No action was taken by the board, but the next move will be to consider whether or not to do a feasibility study. Task force member Steve Eubanks says costs could run about 50–thousand dollars….

Listen to Steve Eubanks

The nearest biomass plant is located in Lincoln. There’s also a proposal for one in Placer County near Truckee. A two-megawatt facility, which would generate enough energy to power about four-thousand homes for a year, is estimated to cost eight to ten million dollars.

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