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Transmission alternatives for California north coast offshore wind

Join us on Wednesday, May 25 from 1-3 pm Pacific for a webinar on our latest feasibility study for offshore wind development in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area. This transmission-focused study analyzes how much power could be generated on the north coast by offshore wind while remaining within the bounds of the existing regional infrastructure, and describes the corresponding economics.

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How the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard could use garbage to pay for electric vehicles

In the latest issue of Energy Policy, we examine the potential for the United States to support turning waste streams into renewable resources — yielding revenue that could be used to subsidize electric vehicle sales and to support other transportation sector environmental and equity goals.

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Overlooked emissions from woody biomass storage

Combustion of biomass for electricity production is a pathway for utilizing woody residues that would otherwise be considered waste. Woody residues are often stored in large piles prior to combustion, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from this storage phase are understudied and often assumed to be negligible. In a recent study, we investigated the effects of temperature, oxygen concentration, and moisture content on GHG emissions during decomposition of woody biomass. Under all treatment conditions, methane was detected in concentrations above ambient levels, indicating that woody biomass storage conditions are conducive to anaerobic decomposition.

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Our projects in the news

Microgrids for a 21st century grid

California’s Electricity System of the Future

Think a Land War in Asia is Hard? Try Developing This Microgrid, a First Ever for California and Model for Elsewhere

PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

PG&E | 3/17/21
PG&E Testing Innovative DER Management System with Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

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