The Sierra Nevada Conservancy hosted a three-year capacity-building and technical assistance program which has helped a dozen small communities move forward with bioenergy projects. Four of them (North Fork, Mariposa, Camptonville, and Hat Creek) have been awarded $20 million in project implementation funding from the CA Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grant program, a program designed to support investments in clean energy technologies that provide benefits to major electricity providers’ ratepayers.
National Disaster Resilience Competition
In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that California would receive a grant in the amount of $70 million to support the California Community and Watershed Resilience Program — a collaborative effort between multiple state and federal agencies and Tuolumne County. The program promotes community and forest resilience in and around the area affected by the Rim Fire of 2013 through strategic investments in community cohesion and well-being, on-the-ground forest health activities, and the design and construction of a biomass utilization facility. With a budget of $22 million to support a detailed feasibility study and site development, the biomass utilization facility will demonstrate how upfront investments in wood processing infrastructure can create appropriately scaled and financially viable businesses that support vital forest health activities and support local economies.
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