University of California mulls biomass CHP purchase

The University of California is on the verge of purchasing the Sierra Pacific Industries Loyalton, California, mill and associated property, including a 20-MW, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass unit.University of California

Owners Sierra Pacific had previously shuttered the facility after what they cited was a government failure to implement the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act, litigation filed by environmental groups and reduced energy rates that made the facility uneconomic to run.

Now, the University of California has entered into an escrow to purchase the site and use it as a regional educational facility serving to study wood and forest product technology, biofuels, forest health, biomass energy production and CHP.

Sierra County Supervisor Paul Roen confirmed the potential purchase, but added that the transaction was still under negotiation.

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