California Biomass and Waste-To-Energy Statistics & Data

photo of wood fired biomass plant in Anderson, Calif.
Photo by Warren Gretz NREL 00298

In 2017, biomass-produced electricity in our state totaled 5,767 gigawatt-hours (GWh) or 2.8 percent of the state's total system power. A total of 93 operating biomass power plants, with an installed capacity about 1,305 megawatts, are in California.

Biomass power plant is the general term for waste-to-energy power plants that burn organic material. They are comprised of four specific types defined by the fuel they burn:

The plant pictured on the right is the Wheelabrator Shasta Energy Company power plant in Anderson, California. It uses forest "residue" that is chipped up - dead and downed trees and slash and debris from logging - as its fuel.

For an animated movie about how a waste-to-energy plant works, go to: http://wheelabratortechnologies.com/index.cfm/plants/how-it-works/

Contact: Michael Nyberg, michael.nyberg@energy.ca.gov

 

Biomass & Waste-to-Energy Electricity Production
(In Gigawatt-Hours; Includes Imports)


YearCompany NameEIA
Plant ID
CEC
Plant ID
Plant NameState Capacity (MW) Gross MWh Net MWh
2017Ameresco Inc58435E0071Ameresco Vasco Road LLCCA4.335,25533,130
2017Ameresco Inc56428E0214Ameresco Santa Cruz EnergyCA3.221,02419,537
2017Ameresco Inc56897E0217Ameresco Keller CanyonCA3.830,62928,927
2017Ameresco Inc56849E0218Ameresco Half Moon Bay (Ox Mountain Landfill)CA11.588,49783,950
2017Ameresco Inc57771E0248Ameresco Butte County Neal Road LandfillCA2.217,18416,116
2017Ameresco Inc56898E0250Ameresco Chiquita EnergyCA9.260,34148,038
2017Ameresco Inc58437E0252Ameresco Forward LLCCA4.334,72732,578
2017Ameresco Inc58436E0253Ameresco San Joaquin LLCCA4.333,63731,935
2017Ameresco Inc58397E0255Ameresco Johnson CanyonCA1.49,9219,350
2017Aria Energy LLCMissingE0305Kiefer Landfill Phase II (KLG2)CA6.047,36442,449
2017Bio Energy Partners/WM Renewable Energy50571E0106Altamont Gas RecoveryCA9.052,02840,516
2017Blue Lake Power LLC10764E0097Blue LakeCA13.800
2017Bowerman Power LFG59461E0226Bowerman Power Landfill GasCA23.6159,241145,914
2017Brea Parent 2007 LLC c/o Broadrock Renewables LLC58007E0249Brea Expansion Plant - Brea Power II LLCCA32.8257,187218,700
2017Buena Vista Biomass Power58472E0201Buena Vista BiomassCA22.500
2017Burney Forest Power10652E0005Burney Forest ProductsCA31.0185,002169,118
2017California Bioenergy LLC58699E0257ABEC Bidart-Old River LLCCA2.013,22412,125
2017City of Oxnard Wastewater Division50224E0211Oxnard Wastewater Treatment PlantCA1.56,0336,033
2017City of San Diego50492E0171Gas Utilization Facility (Pt. Loma Sewage TP)CA5.038,01738,017
2017City of San DiegoMissingE0244North City Cogeneration Facility Expansion (NCCFE)CA1.68,5918,259
2017City of Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant57557E0181Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control PlantCA1.68,3288,328
2017Collins Pine Co10661E0026Collins Pine Co ProjectCA12.022,16412,711
2017Community Renewable Energy Services Inc57827E0033Dinuba EnergyCA12.500
2017County of Riverside Waste Management Department55820E0210RCWMD Badlands Power PlantCA1.22,9982,998
2017County of Sacramento Department of Waste Management & Recycling55766E0203Kiefer Landfill Gas-to-Energy FacilityCA9.173,60967,566
2017Covanta Delano/Mendota10840E0029Covanta Delano IncCA58.000
2017Covanta Delano/Mendota10837E0052Covanta Mendota LPCA28.000
2017Covanta Energy Inc50632E0150Stanislaus Resource Recovery FacilityCA24.0177,451153,401
2017Desert View Power (formerly Colmac Energy Inc)10300E0027Desert View Power (Mecca Plant)CA54.2400,048346,049
2017DTE Biomass Energy Inc59952E0302Potrero Hills Energy Producers LLCCA8.064,01361,536
2017DTE Energy Services10836E0105Woodland Biomass Power LtdCA28.0207,456183,817
2017DTE Stockton LLC54238E0213DTE Stockton (POSDEF Repower C0004)CA50.0294,503274,736
2017East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)56036E0036EBMUD Wastewater Treatment Plant Power Generation StationCA6.531,18927,954
2017East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)57696E0242EBMUD Wastewater Treatment Plant Digester Gas TurbineCA4.627,69922,774
2017Encina Wastewater Authority10026E0251Encina Water Pollution ControlCA3.013,83413,834
2017Energy 2001 Inc57362E0225Lincoln Landfill - WPWMACA4.928,39227,000
2017Fortistar Methane Group55094E0054MM San Diego LLC - Miramar LandfillCA6.553,78551,224
2017Fortistar Methane Group55603E0095MM Tajiguas Energy LLCCA3.027,22925,222
2017Fortistar Methane Group57197E0132Santa Cruz Energy LLCCA1.611,25610,247
2017Fortistar Methane Group54015E0152MM West Covina LLCCA7.153,03046,619
2017Fortistar Methane Group55161E0168MM Lopez Energy LLCCA3.023,44323,438
2017Fortistar Methane Group55601E0194MM Prima Deshecha Energy LLCCA6.152,77449,128
2017Fortistar Methane Group55602E0202MM San Diego LLC - North CityCA3.831,16929,684
2017Fortistar Methane Group55094E0205Miramar Energy LLC LFGCA3.226,49625,612
2017G2 Energy (Hay Road) LLC58320E0236Hay RoadCA1.612,10111,523
2017G2 Energy (Ostrom Road) LLC57133E0237Ostrom RoadCA3.225,60524,615
2017Gas Recovery Systems Inc10386E0075San MarcosCA1.914,32013,154
2017Gas Recovery Systems Inc10387E0094Sycamore Landfill San DiegoCA5.422,94416,668
2017Global Ampersand LLC56707E0007Merced Power (El Nido)CA12.588,57675,268
2017Global Ampersand LLC56706E0018Chowchilla II BiomassCA12.582,75270,139
2017HL Power Co10777E0041HL Power Company (Honey Lake)CA35.5175,463160,916
2017Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC50049E0063ScotiaCA32.5118,49570,074
2017IHI Power Services Corp50560E0100Pacific Ultrapower ChineseCA25.7138,753118,669
2017J&A Santa Maria57101E0228Santa Maria II LandfillCA1.48,2848,284
2017J&A Santa Maria57102E0261Whittier LFG Power Plant 1CA2.200
2017Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)56533E0153Bradley LandfillCA6.000
2017Madera Power LLCMissingE0050Madera Power (offline 3/28/2012 - repowered 2013)CA25.000
2017Marubeni Sustainable Energy Inc10052E0037DG Fairhaven Power PlantCA15.01,1531,013
2017Monterey Regional Waste Mgmt Dist10748E0135Marina Landfill Gas (Monterey Regional Waste Management Dst)CA5.115,45815,458
2017MRWPCA54951E0055Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control CogenCA1.79,2379,237
2017Mt Poso Cogeneration Co54626E0232Mt. Poso CogenerationCA63.6281,036235,234
2017Orange County Sanitation District52099E0025Plant No 2CA16.054,78153,016
2017Otay Landfill Gas LLC52204E0061Otay 1 & 2 Power StationCA3.718,63616,689
2017Otay Landfill Gas LLC52204E0300Otay 3 Power StationCA7.023,18421,868
2017Ridgewood Power Management LLC10648E0109Brea Power Partners LPCA5.600
2017Rio Bravo10767E0098Rio Bravo FresnoCA27.8212,795184,929
2017Rio Bravo10772E0099Rio Bravo RocklinCA27.8187,844164,302
2017Roseburg Forest Products56469E0243Roseburg Forest ProductsCA13.470,18366,427
2017Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10090E0113Commerce Refuse To EnergyCA11.580,43171,583
2017Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10472E0127Puente Hills Energy RecoveryCA50.0299,788270,940
2017Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10091E0212Total Energy FacilitiesCA38.4174,469152,496
2017Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County57163E0227Calabasas Gas-to-Energy FacilityCA13.853,67536,975
2017SERRF Joint Powers Authority50837E0112Southeast Resource RecoveryCA34.6220,920184,499
2017SF Public Utilities Commission57971E0110Southeast Digester Gas Cogen PlantCA2.12,1412,141
2017Sierra Pacific Industries Inc10144E0004SPI - LincolnCA19.2106,29291,133
2017Sierra Pacific Industries Inc54517E0038SPI - Sonora - Restarted 1/1/2012 (Shut Down 9/28/2009)CA7.538,44729,646
2017Sierra Pacific Industries Inc50110E0078SPI - BurneyCA20.0112,76098,421
2017Sierra Pacific Industries Inc50112E0081SPI - QuincyCA27.5130,496105,537
2017Sierra Pacific Industries Inc59658E0301SPI-Anderson 2CA30.1153,122138,131
2017Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works55752E0195Central LF (Sonoma) Phase ICA3.27,0166,638
2017Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works55753E0196Central LF (Sonoma) Phase IICA3.217,26716,383
2017Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works55880E0197Central LF (Sonoma) Phase IIICA1.61,5861,503
2017Sunshine Gas Producers LLC58249E0258Sunshine Gas Producers Renewable Energy ProjectCA23.0171,569141,848
2017Thermal Energy Dev Partner LP10502E0096Tracy Biomass PlantCA23.000
2017Toro Energy of California LLC58379E0254Cold CanyonCA1.510,04610,046
2017Toyon Landfill Gas Conversion LLC54326E0143Toyon Landfill Gas Conversion LLC (Indef Shutdown 6/2015)CA3.800
2017Ventura Regional Sanitation DistrictMissingE0256Toland Road Landfill (Ventura)CA2.31,4981,498
2017Wadham Energy LP50293E0102WadhamCA29.1208,728187,149
2017West Contra Costa Energy Recovery Inc50831E0137Nove Power PlantCA3.02,5291,257
2017Wheelabrator Technologies Inc50881E0086Wheelabrator ShastaCA62.8446,439401,834
2017WM Renewable Energy59299E0304Redwood Renewable Energy FacilityCA4.018,00014,552
2017Yolo County General Services54567E0154MM Yolo Power LLC FacilityCA3.111,48810,941
2017Zero Waste to Energy Development CompanyMissingE0303Zero Waste to EnergyCA1.65,7485,748
 Total1,304.96,564,8255,766,954
 
 

Biomass & Waste-to-Energy Electricity Production
(Annual Totals)


Year Capacity (MW) Gross MWh Net MWh
20171,304.96,564,8255,766,954
20161,321.36,651,3245,819,854
20151,321.07,228,2686,350,802
20141,301.47,670,1526,767,778
20131,218.27,420,2786,543,129
20121,207.36,955,4426,198,798
20111,176.26,767,5246,046,038
20101,127.26,706,1535,986,714
20091,118.76,839,9296,114,753
20081,120.46,585,1145,908,394
20071,093.56,397,0045,764,123
20061,098.76,498,3585,862,603
20051,104.66,807,6796,078,118
20041,106.66,732,5566,081,858
20031,159.76,752,9116,093,587
20021,154.76,901,1726,197,232
20011,176.06,226,6345,761,812
2000N/AN/A6,086,000
1999N/AN/A5,663,000
1998N/AN/A5,266,000
1997N/AN/A5,701,000
1996N/AN/A5,557,000
1995N/AN/A5,969,000
1994N/AN/A7,173,000
1993N/AN/A5,760,000
1992N/AN/A7,362,000
1991N/AN/A7,312,000
1990N/AN/A6,644,000
1989N/AN/A5,204,000
1988N/AN/A4,092,000
1987N/AN/A2,461,000
1986N/AN/A2,063,000
1985N/AN/A1,171,000
1984N/AN/A1,099,000
1983N/AN/A731,000
 

Biomass & Waste-to-Energy Electricity Production by County


County Capacity (MW) Net MWh
Alameda24.4124,374
Amador22.50
Butte2.216,116
Colusa29.1187,149
Contra Costa6.830,184
Fresno55.8184,929
Humboldt61.371,087
Kern123.6247,359
Lassen35.5160,916
Los Angeles202.6976,436
Madera37.570,139
Marin4.014,552
Merced12.575,268
Monterey8.234,045
Orange84.1466,758
Placer51.9282,435
Plumas39.5118,248
Riverside55.4349,047
Sacramento15.1110,015
San Diego41.1235,009
San Francisco2.12,141
San Joaquin81.7339,249
San Luis Obispo1.510,046
San Mateo11.583,950
Santa Barbara4.433,506
Santa Clara3.214,076
Santa Cruz4.829,784
Shasta143.9807,504
Siskiyou13.466,427
Solano9.673,059
Sonoma8.024,524
Stanislaus24.0153,401
Tulare12.50
Tuolumne33.2148,315
Ventura3.87,531
Yolo31.1194,758
Yuba3.224,615