Mono County and the Eastside Biomass Project Team are evaluating the feasibility of a bioenergy facility using locally available forest waste biomass and local labor, and supporting the regional economy. TSS Consultants has been selected as the prime contractor to complete this feasibility study, and has concluded sufficient biomass feedstock exists to sustainably supply a thermal-only project. Information about thermal bioenergy is available under the Supporting Documents section of this web page.
The Eastside Biomass Project Team (Project Team) consists of representatives from the Inyo National Forest, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District, Mono County, GC Forest Products, Inc., and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District participate regularly and provide technical guidance. The project is a strategic step toward development of economic uses for forest biomass material generated as a result of forest management and hazardous fuels treatment activities within the central Mono County/Town of Mammoth Lakes area.
In developing a biomass power facility in the Mammoth Lakes area, the Project Team hopes to meet the following objectives:
When a technical understanding of the project’s potential has been established, the Project Team will convene public workshops to engage the community. The public engagement effort will be dependent on the scale and scope of a feasible project.
For more information on this feasibility study, register your e-mail on this page to receive updates as they are available. Or, contact Wendy Sugimura, Mono County Community Development Department (760.924.1814, wsugimura [at] mono [dot] ca [dot] gov (subject: Mono%20County%20Biomass%20Project) ) or Tad Mason, TSS Consultants (916.600.4174 tmason [at] tssconsultants [dot] com (subject: Mono%20County%20Biomass%20Project) ).