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      RS 51:3062     


§3062. Definitions

            As used in this Chapter, the following words have the following meanings:

            (1) "Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage" means the process of capturing and permanently storing carbon dioxide from biomass energy generation.

            (2) "Biomass" means forest products' manufacturing bioenergy feedstocks, which may include but not be limited to the following:

            (a) Forest products' manufacturing residuals, including but not limited to spent pulping liquors, pulping byproducts, woody manufacturing residuals, paper recycling residuals, wastewater and process water treatment plant residuals, and anaerobic digester biogas.

            (b) Harvest residues, including trees or portions of harvested trees that are too small or of too poor quality to be utilized for wood products or paper products.

            (c) Downed wood from extreme weather events and natural disasters, nonhazardous landscape or right-of-way trimmings and municipal trimmings, and plant material removed for purposes of invasive or noxious plant species control; biowaste, including landfill gas.

            (d) Forest biomass derived from residues created as a byproduct of timber harvesting, including but not limited to low-value wood, treetops, and tree limbs.

            (e) Forest management activities conducted for stand improvement or to increase yield, ecological restoration, or to maintain or enhance forest health including but not limited to hazardous fuels reduction.

            (f) Biomass materials recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as fuels under 40 CFR 241.4.

            (g) Other used wood products, such as crates or pallets.

            (3) "Commission" means the Louisiana Public Service Commission or other appropriate governing body for an electric utility.

            (4) "Electric utility" means a public or investor-owned utility, an electric cooperative, municipal utility, or any private power supplier or marketer that is engaged in the business of supplying electric energy to the ultimate consumer.

            (5) "Net energy metering" means measuring the difference between electricity supplied by an electric utility and the electricity generated by a net energy metering customer and sold back to the electric utility over the applicable billing period.

            (6) "Net energy metering customer" means an owner of a net energy metering facility.

            (7) "Net energy metering facility" means a facility for the production of electrical energy that:

            (a) Uses solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, or biomass resources to generate electricity including but not limited to fuel cells and micro turbines that generate electricity if the fuel source is entirely derived from renewable resources.

            (b) Has a generating capacity of not more than twenty-five kilowatts for residential use or three hundred kilowatts for commercial or agricultural use.

            (c) Is located in Louisiana.

            (d) Can operate with an electric utility's existing transmission and distribution facilities.

            (e) Is intended primarily to offset part or all of the net energy metering customer requirements for electricity.

            (8) "Sugarcane bagasse biomass" or "bagasse biomass" means the solid, heterogeneous, fibrous agricultural waste that remains after extracting the liquid from sugarcane stalks, which may include but is not limited to the following:

            (a) Biomass derived from factory bagasse which is obtained from the industrial extraction process and contains only trace amounts of the sugarcane liquid.

            (b) Biomass derived from pressed cane stalks or farm bagasse which is obtained from on-farm or small factory extraction and contains higher amounts of sugarcane liquid.

            (c) Dewatered pulp derived from bagasse and recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as fuels under 40 CFR 241.4.

            Acts 2003, No. 653, §1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2008, No. 543, §1, eff. June 30, 2008; Acts 2022, No. 275, §1.

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