California Biomass and Waste-To-Energy Statistics & Data

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

In 2016, biomass-produced electricity in our state totaled 5,815 gigawatt-hours (GWh) or 2.93 percent of the state's total system power. A total of 97 operating biomass power plants, with an installed capacity about 1,322 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
2016Ameresco Inc58435E0071Ameresco Vasco Road LLCCA4.335,39633,251
2016Ameresco Inc56428E0214Ameresco Santa Cruz EnergyCA3.221,00519,626
2016Ameresco Inc56897E0217Ameresco Keller CanyonCA3.832,21530,294
2016Ameresco Inc56895E0218Ameresco Half Moon Bay (Ox Mountain Landfill)CA11.590,16085,389
2016Ameresco Inc57771E0248Ameresco Butte County Neal Road LandfillCA2.216,88315,857
2016Ameresco Inc56898E0250Ameresco Chiquita EnergyCA9.261,45848,047
2016Ameresco Inc58437E0252Ameresco Forward LLCCA4.334,69732,649
2016Ameresco Inc58436E0253Ameresco San Joaquin LLCCA4.328,44126,786
2016Ameresco Inc58397E0255Ameresco Johnson CanyonCA1.411,01610,460
2016Bio Energy Partners/WM Renewable Energy50571E0106Altamont Gas RecoveryCA9.056,30346,500
2016Blue Lake Power LLC10764E0097Blue LakeCA13.87650
2016Bowerman Power LFG59461E0226Bowerman Power Landfill GasCA23.6132,604107,801
2016Brea Parent 2007 LLC c/o Broadrock Renewables LLC58007E0249Brea Expansion Plant - Brea Power II LLCCA32.8257,329217,745
2016Buena Vista Biomass Power58472E0201Buena Vista BiomassCA22.520,11317,414
2016Burney Forest Power10652E0005Burney Forest ProductsCA31.0227,709209,477
2016California Bioenergy LLC58699E0257ABEC Bidart-Old River LLCCA2.011,86010,900
2016City of Oxnard Wastewater Division50224E0211Oxnard Wastewater Treatment PlantCA1.56,4006,400
2016City of San Diego50492E0171Gas Utilization Facility (Pt. Loma Sewage TP)CA4.637,79637,796
2016City of San DiegoMissingE0244North City Cogeneration Facility Expansion (NCCFE)CA1.69,7269,726
2016City of Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant57557E0181Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control PlantCA1.69,8569,856
2016Collins Pine Co10661E0026Collins Pine Co ProjectCA12.018,0159,354
2016Community Renewable Energy Services Inc60100E0033Dinuba EnergyCA12.500
2016County of Riverside Waste Management Department55820E0210RCWMD Badlands Power PlantCA1.26,2086,208
2016County of Sacramento Waste Management55766E0203Kiefer Landfill Gas-to-Energy FacilityCA9.158,77954,012
2016Covanta Delano/Mendota10840E0029Covanta Delano IncCA58.000
2016Covanta Delano/Mendota10837E0052Covanta Mendota LPCA28.000
2016Covanta Energy Inc50632E0150Stanislaus Resource Recovery FacilityCA24.0177,585152,540
2016Desert View Power (formerly Colmac Energy Inc)10300E0027Desert View Power (Mecca Plant)CA54.2387,040332,752
2016DTE Biomass Energy Inc59952E0302Potrero Hills Energy Producers LLCCA8.045,01442,826
2016DTE Energy Services10836E0105Woodland Biomass Power LtdCA28.0216,144191,424
2016DTE Stockton LLC54238E0213DTE Stockton (POSDEF Repower C0004)CA50.0375,533351,585
2016East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)56036E0036EBMUD Wastewater Treatment Plant Power Generation StationCA6.523,51420,636
2016East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)57696E0242EBMUD Wastewater Treatment Plant Digester Gas TurbineCA4.633,77128,292
2016Eel River Power LLC50049E0063ScotiaCA32.5125,95776,913
2016Encina Wastewater Authority10026E0251Encina Water Pollution ControlCA3.012,88512,885
2016Energy 2001 Inc57362E0225Lincoln Landfill - WPWMACA5.029,65127,590
2016Fortistar Methane Group55094E0054MM San Diego LLC - Miramar LandfillCA6.553,36650,825
2016Fortistar Methane Group55603E0095MM Tajiguas Energy LLCCA3.026,84924,829
2016Fortistar Methane Group55160E0101MM Tulare Energy LLCCA1.800
2016Fortistar Methane Group57197E0132Santa Cruz Energy LLCCA1.610,0629,149
2016Fortistar Methane Group54015E0152MM West Covina LLCCA7.154,68947,792
2016Fortistar Methane Group54567E0154MM Yolo Power LLC FacilityCA3.118,08317,222
2016Fortistar Methane Group55161E0168MM Lopez Energy LLCCA6.143,64939,949
2016Fortistar Methane Group55601E0194MM Prima Deshecha Energy LLCCA6.151,95248,673
2016Fortistar Methane Group55602E0202MM San Diego LLC - North CityCA3.830,53029,076
2016Fortistar Methane Group55094E0205Miramar Energy LLC LFGCA3.226,27125,262
2016Fortistar Methane Group56170E0209MN Mid Valley Genco LLCCA2.613,00711,809
2016G2 Energy (Hay Road) LLC58320E0236Hay RoadCA1.611,59310,948
2016G2 Energy (Ostrom Road) LLC57133E0237Ostrom RoadCA3.225,62624,409
2016Gas Recovery Systems Inc10386E0075San MarcosCA1.914,19713,642
2016Gas Recovery Systems Inc10387E0094Sycamore Landfill San DiegoCA5.428,45720,668
2016Global Ampersand LLC56707E0007El Nido BiomassCA12.588,23374,606
2016Global Ampersand LLC56706E0018Chowchilla II BiomassCA12.581,39368,913
2016HL Power Co10777E0041HL Power Company (Honey Lake)CA35.5132,489116,147
2016IHI Power Services Corp50560E0100Pacific Ultrapower ChineseCA25.7130,504111,432
2016J&A Santa Maria57101E0228Santa Maria II LandfillCA1.46,1495,596
2016J&A Santa Maria57100E0260Marian Medical Center Hospital (Santa Maria Landfill I)CA2.818,02817,170
2016J&A Santa Maria57102E0261Whittier LFG Power Plant 1CA2.214,72014,592
2016Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)56533E0153Bradley LandfillCA6.000
2016Madera Power LLCMissingE0050Madera Power (offline 3/28/2012 - repowered 2013)CA25.000
2016Marubeni Sustainable Energy Inc10052E0037DG Fairhaven Power PlantCA15.076,44168,272
2016Monterey Regional Waste Mgmt Dist10748E0135Marina Landfill Gas (Monterey Regional Waste Management Dst)CA5.119,07519,075
2016MRWPCA54951E0055Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control CogenCA1.78,6348,634
2016Mt Poso Cogeneration Co54626E0232Mt. Poso CogenerationCA63.6307,335258,203
2016Orange County Sanitation District52099E0025Plant No 2CA16.055,20852,757
2016Otay Landfill Gas LLC52204E0061Otay 1 & 2 Power StationCA3.720,40416,720
2016Otay Landfill Gas LLC52204E0300Otay 3 Power StationCA7.032,32628,107
2016Ridgewood Power Management LLC10648E0109Brea Power Partners LPCA5.600
2016Rio Bravo10767E0098Rio Bravo FresnoCA27.8208,532180,800
2016Rio Bravo10772E0099Rio Bravo RocklinCA27.8194,423169,544
2016Roseburg Forest Products56469E0243Roseburg Forest ProductsCA13.469,71466,013
2016Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10090E0113Commerce Refuse To EnergyCA11.589,33579,508
2016Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10472E0127Puente Hills Energy RecoveryCA52.8292,711262,567
2016Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10472E0128Puente Hills Gas-to-Energy Facility Phase IICA8.126,75624,219
2016Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County10091E0212Total Energy FacilitiesCA38.4175,920153,641
2016Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County57163E0227Calabasas Gas-to-Energy FacilityCA13.851,36234,387
2016SERRF Joint Powers Authority50837E0112Southeast Resource RecoveryCA34.6188,215159,718
2016SF Public Utilities Commisson57971E0110Southeast Digester Gas Cogen PlantCA2.12,7242,724
2016Sierra Pacific Industries Inc10144E0004SPI - LincolnCA19.296,48081,427
2016Sierra Pacific Industries Inc54517E0038SPI - Sonora - Restarted 1/1/2012 (Shut Down 9/28/2009)CA7.536,75828,438
2016Sierra Pacific Industries Inc50110E0078SPI - BurneyCA20.0104,59291,026
2016Sierra Pacific Industries Inc50112E0081SPI - QuincyCA27.5136,705110,846
2016Sierra Pacific Industries Inc59658E0301SPI-Anderson 2CA30.1134,950120,400
2016Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works55752E0195Central LF (Sonoma) Phase ICA3.217,72416,733
2016Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works55753E0196Central LF (Sonoma) Phase IICA3.215,57214,575
2016Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works55880E0197Central LF (Sonoma) Phase IIICA1.600
2016South Orange County Wastewater Authority10820E0155Aliso Water Management Agency (Under 1 MW as of Jan 2016)CA1.25,8045,804
2016Sunshine Gas Producers LLC58429E0258Sunshine Gas Producers Renewable Energy ProjectCA23.0156,323130,194
2016Thermal Energy Dev Partner LP10502E0096Tracy Biomass PlantCA23.000
2016Toro Energy of California LLC58379E0254Cold CanyonCA1.511,17110,410
2016Toyon Landfill Gas Conversion LLC54327E0143Toyon Landfill Gas Conversion LLC (Indef Shutdown 6/2015)CA3.800
2016Ventura Regional Sanitation DistrictMISSINGE0256Toland Road Landfill (Ventura)CA2.31,5171,517
2016Wadham Energy LP50293E0102WadhamCA29.1218,376196,433
2016West Contra Costa Energy Recovery Inc50831E0137Nove Power PlantCA3.07,0526,160
2016Wheelabrator Technologies Inc50881E0086Wheelabrator ShastaCA62.8368,689328,891
2016WM Energy Solutions Inc56534E0207El Sobrante Landfill (Retired 9/30/2016)CA4.112,50010,828
2016WM Energy Solutions Inc56535E0208Simi Valley Landfill (Retired 9/30/2016)CA2.711,99411,121
 Total1,322.16,646,3075,815,442
 
 

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


Year Capacity (MW) Gross MWh Net MWh
20161,322.16,646,3075,815,442
20151,320.67,228,2686,350,802
20141,300.97,670,1526,767,778
20131,217.77,420,2786,543,129
20121,207.36,955,4426,198,798
20111,194.66,765,4156,044,020
20101,125.56,700,2095,980,814
20091,117.06,836,0486,110,998
20081,120.06,585,1145,908,394
20071,093.06,397,0045,764,123
20061,098.36,498,3585,862,603
20051,104.26,807,6796,078,118
20041,106.26,732,5566,081,858
20031,159.26,752,9116,093,587
20021,154.26,901,1726,197,232
20011,175.56,226,6345,761,812
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
Alameda24.4148,984
Amador22.520,113
Butte2.216,883
Colusa29.1218,376
Contra Costa6.839,267
Fresno55.8208,532
Humboldt61.3202,474
Kern123.6319,195
Lassen35.5132,489
Los Angeles216.61,155,138
Madera37.581,393
Merced12.588,233
Monterey8.238,725
Orange85.3502,896
Placer52.0320,554
Plumas39.5154,720
Riverside59.4405,748
Sacramento9.158,779
San Bernardino2.613,007
San Diego40.7265,957
San Francisco2.12,724
San Joaquin81.7438,671
San Luis Obispo1.511,171
San Mateo11.590,160
Santa Barbara7.351,026
Santa Clara1.69,856
Santa Cruz4.831,067
Shasta143.9835,940
Siskiyou13.469,714
Solano9.656,607
Sonoma8.033,296
Stanislaus24.0177,585
Tulare14.30
Tuolumne33.2167,262
Ventura6.519,911
Yolo31.1234,227
Yuba3.225,626