Bioenergy can contribute to California’s climate-change and economic goals by producing low-carbon electricity and fuels. Our state has the high-tech business capacity to be a leader in this field, as well as abundant potential resources, from our agricultural and forest lands as well as municipal solid waste. These resources have not yet been fully utilized. The UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy in partnership with the California Biomass Collaborative presented a series of forums during Spring and Summer 2013, to explore this issue. At the heart of this discussion is the question: How can scientists and policy makers sustainably unlock the vast potential of California’s farms, forests and waste streams?
The first webinar took place on May 17th 2013, and addressed basic questions about the availability of biomass within California, including:
- What bioenergy products are currently operating in California?
- How much biomass is available in the state and where will it be produced?
- What is California’s current plan for bioenergy?
- Stephen Kaffka, Extension Agronomist – Department of Plant Sciences, Director – California Biomass Collaborative
- Colin Murphy, PhD Candidate, Institute of Transportation Studies