CA Dept. of Conservation - Forest Biomass to Carbon-Negative Biofuels Pilot Program. $47.5M Avail.
Forest Biomass to Carbon-Negative Biofuels Pilot Program
The Department of Conservation (DOC) received a $50M budget allocation in the FY21-22 budget focused specifically on creating carbon-negative hydrogen and/or liquid fuel from forest biomass. Funding awards will be made to sites located within the Sierra Nevada. These funds will be offered as a competitive solicitation; the DOC is working to make this solicitation live as soon as possible.
The DOC has worked closely with both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), as called out in the budget language, but also with sibling state agencies, boards, departments, and commissions sharing similar goals. These include: the Natural Resources Agency, CalFIRE, IBank, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. We are also incredibly grateful to the many community advocates, project developers, and Tribal nations who have made suggestions and provided guidance as we move this program into implementation.
All applicant types – including local government, tribal nations, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses and corporations – are encouraged to apply. The scoring rubric favors applicants with a track record of success in delivering similar scale projects, working collaboratively with communities, and meeting or exceeding environmental standards.
Award Details for Phase I (development):
Total Amount Available: $4,000,000
Maximum Award: $500,000
Minimum Award: $10,000
Award Details for Phase II (construction):
Total Amount Available: $43,500,000
Maximum Award: $43,500,000
Minimum Award: $1,000,000
Phase I Applications are due October 31, 2022
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