Biomass Power Plants in California
Blue Lake
Location: CA
Operator: Blue Lake Power LLC
Configuration: 1 X 11.4 MW
Operation: 1985
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: Dresser, EMC
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: This site in Humboldt Co was developed as Ultrapower 3. The project was shut-in from 2001 unitl May 2009, and then was re-commissioned by Blue Lake Power LLC after its purchase from previous owner North American Power Group in Jan 2008. It was closed again from May 2011 until Mar 2012 to repair various problems. Fuel burn is about 95,000 BDT/yr. In Jul 2008, BLP signed a 15yr PPA with San Diego G&E.

Photograph courtesy of ArcSine Engineering
Posted 11 Oct 2014

Burney
Location: CA
Operator: North American Energy Services
Configuration: 1 X 28.4 MW CHP
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: GE
Quick facts: This cogeneration plant is owned by Burney Forest Products, a joint venture of Forest Products LP and Burney Biomass Power LLC. NAES operates the cogeneration plant under contract with the owner. Burney has two stoker boilers and a single T/G set. The site elevation is 3,250f. Each boiler is equipped with an ESP and thermal DeNOx system.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 9 Dec 2007

Buena Vista
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 22.5 MW
Operation: 1987
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Lurgi
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: CE, Lurgi, TIC
Quick Facts: Buena Vista is 5mi south of Ione. The plant was built to burn local lignite and repowered to biomass fuels in 2010. The project has a 20yr PPA with SMUD.

Photograph courtesy of IHI Power Services Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Chinese Station
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 25 MW
Operation: 1986
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: EPI
T/G supplier: Dresser, Electric Machinery
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: This PS is in Jamestown in the Central California foothills near Chinese Camp. Fuel is wood from forest management operations, urban wood, and agricultural products such as nut shells and orchard prunings. The project has a long-term PPA with PG&E and is ownd by Covanta (55%) and IHI Power Generation (45%). It went online in Oct 1986.

Photograph courtesy of IHI Power Services Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Colmac
Location: CA
Operator: Colmac Energy Inc
Configuration: 1 X 47 MW
Operation: 1992
Fuel: wood, agricultural waste, TDF, pet coke
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Guy F Atkinson, Walsh
Quick facts: This plant near Mecca is the largest biomass power station in the state. is owned by Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and is on the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the Imperial Valley. Colmac has two CFB boilers and a single T/G set. The fuel is mostly urban wood waste with some agricultural waste. Nearby is a tire recycling center, also owned by the Cabazon Band. The twin CFB boilers have been extensively modified and upgraded by the operating company. Colmac has a 30yr PPA with Southern California Edison that ends in Feb 2022.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Re-posted 10 Dec 2010

Delano
Location: CA
Operator: AES Corp
Configuration: 1 X 31.8 MW, 1 X 25.3 MW
Operation: 1990-1993
Fuel: agricultural waste, wood
Boiler supplier: EPI
T/G supplier: ABB Stal
EPC: United Engineers & Constructors, Schneider Engineers
Quick facts: AES Delano has bubbling fludized bed boilers. In Feb 2007, San Diego Gas & Electric reached agreement on a 10yr PPA with AES as part of its 2005 solicitation for eligible renewable resources. In April 2006, AES Delano announced plans to build a 55mn gallon per year ethanol plant adjacent to the power station, which will provide low-cost power and steam, as well as other infrastructure.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 9 Dec 2007

Dinuba
Location: CA
Operator: Yanke Energy Inc
Configuration: 11.5 MW
Operation: 1985 (ret)
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This plant was developed by Bonneville Pacific next to a saw mill in Dinuba. The plant was taken over by Yanke Energy, who eventually gifted the facility to Fresno State University. In 2003, Crown Disposal and its affiliate Community Recycling of Simi Valley agreed to buy the facility. The 140ac sawmill has been torn down. and as far as is known, the power plant was never reactivated.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 9 Dec 2007

Fairhaven
Location: CA
Operator: DG Power Fairhaven
Configuration: 1 X 18 MW
Operation: 1986
Fuel: wood, natural gas
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: NEPCO
Quick facts: Fairhaven has a fixed-grate boiler, a reconditioned T/G set, a multiclone particulate collector, and an ESP.

Photograph courtesy of NEPCO
Posted 21 Aug 2004

Hayfork Lincoln
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Pacific Industries
Configuration: 1 X 7.5 MW
Operation: 1986
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Wellons
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: NEPCO

Photograph courtesy of NEPCO
Posted 21 Aug 2004

Honey Lake
Location: CA
Operator: HL Power
Configuration: 1 X 36 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: NEPCO
Quick Facts: Honey Lake uses up to 1,300tpd of forest thinnings, logging residue, and mill wastes and has a unique design using geothermal water for condensate preheating. The plant employs more than 30 people with a $1mn payroll. In addition, fuel procurement activities are valued at approximately $7mn/yr and provide approximately 50 additional jobs.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Re-posted 16 Dec 2007

Loyalton
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Pacific Industries
Configuration: 1 X 20 MW CHP
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood, biomass
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: SPI closed the Loyalton plant in Sep 2009 following a breakdown in electricity sales talks with Sierra Pacific Power, which had been buying 10 MW. In Apr 2008, Renegy Holdings had signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy the plant.

Photograph by Greg Lonergan
Posted 14 Nov 2009

Martell
Location: CA
Operator: Wheelabrator Technologies
Configuration: 1 X 20 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: Dresser
EPC: NEPCO
Quick Facts: Martell's fixed-grate boiler burns up to 860 tpd of wood waste.

Photograph courtesy of NEPCO
Posted 23 Mar 2002

Mesquite Lake
Location: CA
Operator: Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC
Configuration: 1 X 17.9 MW
Operation: 1987
Fuel: biomass, manure
Boiler supplier: Lurgi
T/G supplier: Delaval
EPC: Lurgi, TIC
Quick Facts: Mesquite Lake was developed by National Energy Associates as the world's first commercial-scale cattle manure-fired, power plant. At completion, the facility burned up to 900 tpd of manure from cattle feedlots in the El Centro/Imperial area about 110mi east of San Diego. The $46mn plant originally sold electricity to Southern California Edison (SCE) and was financed by $37.2mn of bonds issued by the California Pollution Control Financing Authority plus $9mn from investors. Mesquite Lake was acquired by GreenHunter in May 2007 and Bibb was hired to add a new BFB boiler and convert the plant to wood firing. The plant was damaged in a 2010 earthquake and later acquird by Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC. It will now be converted to burn wood and Giant King Grass.

Photograph courtesy of GreenHunter Energy Inc
Posted 30 Jan 2008

Mt Lassen
Location: CA
Operator: Covanta Energy
Configuration: 1 X 11.4 MW
Operation: 1985
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: Dresser, Electric Machinery
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: MLP has made a number of modifications to its original air permits to allow for the used of additional feedstock. The plant has a set of multiclones and an electrostatic precipitator and a fuel dryer to control CO, NOX, and VOC emissions. In addition to wood, bark, and wood residues from forestry operations, MLP is permitted to burn additional fuels including agricultural biomass, urban wood waste, recycle waste wood products, waste wood roofing shakes (with tar paper component), and waste activated carbon from the filtration of municipal drinking water.

Photograph courtesy of Covanta
Posted 9 Feb 2007

Oroville
Location: CA
Operator: Covanta Energy
Configuration: 2 X 9 MW
Operation: 1985
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: NEPCO
Quick Facts: This plant was built in less than a year and includes two refurbished T/G sets.

Photograph courtesy of NEPCO
Posted 21 Aug 2004

Rio Bravo Fresno
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 28 MW
Operation: 1988
Fuel: wood, ag waste
Boiler supplier: Lurgi
T/G supplier: ABB, Brush
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: This CFB unit was built as a FERC QF on a 25ac industrial site 10mi south of Fresno and came online in Jun 1988. Annual fuel burn is about 280,000t of forest brush and clearing, urban wood, and ag waste. Capacity and energy from the project are sold to PG&E under a 30yr contract. The plant is owned by a partnership of CII Woodpower II, Inc (50%), Ultrapower-Fresno LP (40%) and Malaga Power Investors LP (10%). CII Woodpower II is owned by IHI Power Generation Corp. and the othwer two owners are are indirectly owned by North American Power Group.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Rio Bravo Rocklin
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 28 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Lurgi
T/G supplier: MHI, Brush
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: The Rocklin plant is a sister unit to Rio Bravo Fresno, also built as a FERC QF, but on a 25ac industrial site in Lincoln, 4mi northeast of Roseville. Fuel is 95% urban wood waste and 5% ag wood waste. The unit went online in May 1989 and has a long-term PPA with PG&E expiriing in 2018. Owners are IHI Power Generation (50%) and North American Power Group(50%).

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Scotia
Location: CA
Operator: Humboldt Redwood Co
Configuration: 2 X 12.5 MW CHP
Operation: 1988-1989
Fuel: wood, biomass
Boiler supplier: Riley
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: GE
Quick Facts: Scotia, originally known as Forestville, was founded as a logging camp in 1883. It is 30mi south of Eureka in Humboldt County. Pacific Lumber Co (PALCO) began producing steam for its operations in 1890 and a CHP plant was built in the 1920s. In 1984, planning began for a new cogen plant and this was completed in 1989, being recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers for its design and environmental attributes. In addition, to yard wastes, the cogeneration plant consumed wood wastes from PALCO sawmills and sold power to PG&E. In 2010, the plant was purchased by Green Leaf Power, who closed thr facility 2012, reopened it the following year, and then closed it again. On 30 Oct 2015, Scotia PS was acquired by Humboldt Redwood Co who plan to put the plant back online.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 16 Dec 2007

Shasta Renewable
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 6.8 MW
Operation: 1982
Fuel: ag waste, wood
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: Elliott, Delta
EPC: NEPCO
Quick Facts: Shasta Renewable is a partnership of Shasta Renewable Resources LLC and Anderson Plant LLC. The fixed grate stoker boiler project was retrofit with a new ESP and SNCR to rpeace an existing wet scrubber. Fuel is mostly ag waste with some forest wood and urban wood. The plant was restarted in Dec 2012.

Photograph courtesy of IHI Power Services Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Sierra Power
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 7.5 MW CHP
Operation: 1986
Fuel: wood, ag waste, demolition wood
Boiler supplier: Nebraska Boiler
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Wellons
Quick Facts: The owners of the Terra Bella mill in Porterville signed a 30yr PPA with Southern California Edison and retained Wellons to help them install a wood-burning boiler and a refurbished T/G set from the East Coast. The plant went online in Mar 1986 at the most southern sawmill in the state. After about 10yrs, the falling price of natural gas rendered wood-fired electricity uneconomic and the plant was shutdown in 1995 after the SCE purchase price dropped below cost recovery levels. Six years later, gas prices were high and SPC spent $1mn to restart the cogen plant to dry lumber with surplus power being sold on a merchant basis. Subsequent changes in the availability of wood, wood waste, and ag waste have led to periodic plant shutdowns.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 16 Dec 2007

SPI Anderson
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Pacific Industries
Configuration: 1 X 4 MW CHP
Operation: 1998
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: Wellons
T/G supplier: GE

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

SPI Lincoln
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Pacific Industries
Configuration: 1 X 18.4 MW CHP
Operation: 2005
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: McBurney
T/G supplier: Alstom
Quick facts: A 7.5-MW unit online in 1986 has been retired.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Tracy
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Pacific Industries
Configuration: 1 X 23 MW
Operation: 1990
Fuel: wood
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Dresser
EPC: Tracy Constructors
Quick facts: In Feb 2007, Tracy was acquired by USRG Management Co LLC from Thermal Energy Development Partnership LP. That same month, North American Energy Services Company (NAES) began providing O&M services for the plant, which is in San Joaquin County, 45mi east of Oakland. The facility has a long-term PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Wadham
Location: CA
Operator: Enpower Management
Configuration: 1 X 30 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: rice hulls, rice straw
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: ABB, Brush
EPC: NEPCO
Quick Facts: At completion, this was the world's largest power plant of its kind and burns up to 600 tpd of rice hulls and rice straw. The plant is zero water discharge and has a baghouse. All capacity and energy are sold to Pacific Gas and Electric.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Re-posted 27 Dec 2007

Wheelabrator Shasta
Location: CA
Operator: Wheelabrator Technologies
Configuration: 3 X 18 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood, biomass
Boiler supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: Elliott
EPC: NEPCO
Quick Facts: Signal Shasta plant was built in less than 12mos and burns about 750,000 tpy of mill waste and forest residues from Shasta County and surrounding areas. The plant uses three traveling-grate stoker boilers, three condensing turbines, and a small back-pressure turbine. Its entire output is bought by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Photograph courtesy of NEPCO
Posted 28 May 2003

Woodland
Location: CA
Operator: Woodland Biomass Power Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 28 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: wood, ag waste
Boiler supplier: Gotaverken
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Thermo Electron
Quick Facts: This plant was acquired by DTE Energy Services in Nov 2005 for about $20mn. It is a sister unit to the Mendota biomass power station. Woodland burns about 200,000 tpy of waste wood and biomass and has a 9yr PPA with PG&E expiring in 2014.

Photograph courtesy of woodlandwiki
Posted 30 May 2009

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Updated 08-Nov-2015

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