Redwood Coast Energy Authority Opens Applications for Bioenergy Projects Under Statewide BioMAT Program

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Opens Applications for Bioenergy Projects Under Statewide BioMAT Program

Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) is pleased to announce it is currently accepting applications under the statewide Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff (BioMAT) for new bioenergy generation projects.  The program is intended to provide above-market prices to spur development of small-scale biomass or biogas projects from organic waste, wastewater treatment, agricultural byproducts, or sustainable forestry and wildfire mitigation practices. RCEA is especially interested in projects located within its service area of Humboldt County, in furtherance of strategic local procurement goals.

Projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a BioMAT contract:

1) 5 MW or less in nameplate capacity, and a maximum contract capacity of 3 MW;

2) First brought online after June 1, 2013;

3) Interconnect to PG&E’s transmission or distribution system; and

4) Have received initial interconnection study results.

RCEA is launching its BioMAT program simultaneously with three other Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs): Pioneer Community Energy, Central Coast Community Energy, and Orange County Power Authority. CCAs became eligible to offer BioMAT programs and recover associated above-market procurement costs from ratepayers statewide under Assembly Bill 843 in 2021, prior to which the program was only available to the state’s Investor Owned Utilities. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the CCAs’ BioMAT Tariffs in April 2024.

RCEA hopes the tariff will encourage development of small new, bioenergy facilities using state-of-the-art emission controls on the North Coast. “This is a great opportunity for RCEA to participate in this statewide program and potentially diversify our clean energy portfolio with renewable, around-the-clock generation,” said Eileen Verbeck, RCEA’s Interim Executive Director.

Project developers interested in learning more about the BioMAT program, including current pricing and available capacities, as well as access to registration, application, and program documents, can visit the Accion CCA BioMAT  Portal at cca-biomat.accionpower.com/_cpuc_2301/home.asp, and register with RCEA selected as CCA.

About RCEA 

Established in 2003, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government joint powers agency whose members include the Blue Lake Rancheria, Yurok Tribe, the County of Humboldt, the seven cities within the county, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. RCEA’s purpose is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient, and renewable resources available in the region. For more info, visit redwoodenergy.org.