California forests provide a critical carbon sink that is quickly going up in smoke. Wildfire now causes two-thirds of California’s black carbon emissions, a powerful climate pollutant and threat to public health. A single large wildfire can emit as much climate pollution as several million cars and a bad wildfire season can produce as much climate pollution as the state’s entire transportation or energy sector in a year. Bioenergy is an important tool to reduce wildfire emissions and restore carbon to California’s forests. Increasing forest biomass power can reduce the devastating impacts of wildfire, protect public health and safety, and provide local jobs and economic development. Forest biomass can provide flexible generation power to meet the state’s renewable electricity goals and can provide low carbon fuels, heating and other energy needs.
To learn more, download BAC Fact Sheet – Bioenergy in the Forest Sector