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Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff (BioMAT) Program

Long-term biomass electricity contracts for eligible generators

The Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff (BioMAT) Program was created by Senate Bill 1122. In 2021, Pioneer Community Energy led the way for CCAs to participate in the BioMAT program  for small bioenergy renewable generators 5 MW or less in size through the passage of AB 843.

Operating under a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved tariff, participating generators can enter into a standard contract with Pioneer at a price set by a market-based mechanism.

BioMAT Program Categories

  • Category 1: Generators that use biogas as fuel
  • Category 2: Generators that use dairy and agricultural waste as fuel
  • Category 3: Generators that use sustainable forest waste from high-hazard zones

Program Requirements

For more details about eligibility requirements, pricing, terms, and the application process, refer to Pioneer’s BioMAT Tariff and BioMAT Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

How to Apply

Pioneer is partnering with Accion Power to register applicants, process applications, administer Program Periods (auctions), and provide further information.

If you manage a biomass facility that is eligible for the BioMAT program and are interested in contracting with Pioneer, click the ‘Apply’ button.

  1. Review the tariff.
  2. If you believe you are eligible, visit the Central BioMAT website complete and submit a Program Participation Request (PPR)
  3. Identify Pioneer Community Energy as the Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) for Select the Load Serving Entity (LSE) for your territory

Learn More

The investor-owned utilities (IOUs) hosted a joint-webinar shortly after the BioMAT program launched. A copy of the presentation and corresponding audio file can be found below.

Review our Question & Answer document for comprehensive information the CCA BioMAT program.