Between 2010 and 2015, California lost more than 110 million trees to one of the severest droughts in California’s history. In 2015, Governor Brown proclaimed a state of emergency and ordered the State to expand options for biomass energy facilities to help process dead trees. The recent drought may be over, but the massive tree die-off is having lasting effects on our water supply and forest ecosystems. This calamity may also represent a unique opportunity to spur further development of biomass energy facilities in California.
Please join AWWEE’s San Francisco Bay Area Regional Leadership Team for an engaging discussion with Maria Sotero, Climate and Energy Policy Specialist at the California Public Utilities Commission, and Angie Lottes, Biomass Program Coordinator at the Watershed Center. Our speakers will share details regarding the state’s response to the governor’s proclamation, the need for forest restoration, how biomass energy is part of the solution, and some of the challenges and questions posed by forest bioenergy development.
Special thanks to Buchalter for providing the meeting space and refreshments for this event