SMUD seeks project developer for Calif. bioenergy project

By Sacramento Municipal Utility District | November 07, 2014

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has released a request for statements of interest (RSOI) in the development of a biomass gasification project for combined-heat-and-power (CHP) application in Sacramento, California.

SMUD is seeking an experienced project developer with a commercial technology that has a track record of successful implementation and operation.

SMUD is targeting at least a 3-mw project size, using roughly 70 tons per day (about 24,000 tons per year) of clean wood waste. Larger projects may be possible. Project size is contingent on site size constraints, feedstock availability and long-term supply, truck traffic impact, agreement with site host, and other limitations.

SMUD has identified a potential host willing to provide the site for the project and potentially offtake the waste heat, HP Hood, located in the city of Sacramento. Also, SMUD has conducted a feedstock availability assessment, which has revealed that there's plenty of wood waste to sustain at least a 3-MW project. The site is strategically located in an area where the feedstock is abundant and accessible.

The deadline to submit responses is Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. PST. Please submit your responses to Interested parties can submit questions until Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. PST to Answers will be posted on Nov. 12 on SMUD's Electronic Bid Solicitation System at


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