Meet the members
who are creating the companies & jobs fueling a biomass future.
They are the plant owners and operators whose fuels come from the forestry, agricultural, and urban wood waste sectors. Collectively, BPA member companies represent more than 2000 MW of generating capacity.
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GRU Deerhaven Renewable
The largest biomass fueled facility in the United States, Deerhaven Renewable Generating Station (DHR) is a 115 MW (gross), 102 MW (net) woody biomass power plant owned by the City of Gainesville, Florida, D/B/A Gainesville Regional Utilities. The plant utilizes a Bubbling Fluidized Bed Boiler that burns sustainably sourced, clean, woody biomass to provide renewable electrical power to the 93,000 customers of Gainesville Regional Utilities. The plant started operations in 2013.
Greenleaf Power, LLC
Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: (916) 596-2500
As a company focused on biomass to electricity, Greenleaf Power is a leading provider of renewable energy in North America. We own and operate 154 megawatts (MW) of dependable generation, fueled by sustainable biomass material. Greenleaf Power collects residual biomass material from agricultural, construction, demolition, landfill, and timber industries and converts that biomass into carbon-neutral electricity for sale to municipal, public power, and investor owned utilities.
Greenleaf Power, LLC was formed in October 2010, to acquire and operate base-load biomass plants and improve those plants performance through: implementation of fuel-supply risk mitigation, PPA contract management, cost discipline, leveraging operating synergies, and applying best-in-class management and operations practices to extend the economic lives of the plants.
Greenleaf completed its first acquisitions in 2010, and has grown its portfolio, which now contains five operating facilities with a combined generation capacity of 154 MW. Greenleaf is headquartered in Sacramento, CA. and directly employs more than 130 people and creates nearly 500 local dedicated jobs collecting, processing, and delivering fuel and consumables to its generating plants.
Desert View (DVP) is under a long term power purchase agreement with Imperial Irrigation District.
DVP is a net 47 MW woody biomass electrical generation facility located approximately 40 miles east of Palm Springs in Riverside County California. The plant is a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# 60692A) that has been consistently providing renewable energy since 1992. Greenleaf Power acquired DVP in 2011.
DVP utilizes two Combustion Engineering circulating fluidized bed boilers and one Siemens steam turbine generator set to generate between 350,000 and 375,000 MWs annually. The boilers are equipped with multi-clones and baghouses for particulate control, ammonia injection for NOx control, limestone injection for sulfur dioxide control and hydrated lime for HCl and sulfur dioxide control. DVP operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations.
Each year DVP burns between 360,000 and 390,000 tons of urban wood waste, orchard removal trees, and fruit pits. The majority of the fuel is in the form of urban wood waste that is diverted from regional landfills allowing local jurisdictions to meet AB 939 mandated recycling diversion targets. Orchard material is consumed at DVP to satisfy local air quality offset requirements.
Honey Lake (HLP) is under a long term contract with San Diego Gas & Electric.
HLP is a net 30 MW woody biomass electrical generation facility located approximately 20 miles east of Susanville in Lassen County California. The plant is a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# #60077E) that has been consistently providing renewable energy since 1989. Greenleaf Power acquired HLP in 2010. HLP utilizes a Zurn travelling grate wood fired boiler and General Electric steam turbine generator. The boiler is equipped with multi-clones and an electrostatic precipitator for particulate control, ammonia injection for NOx control, and sodium bicarbonate reagent for sulfur dioxide control. HLP operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations.
Each year HLP burns between 150,000 and 200,000 tons of woody biomass from the following sources: forests derived fuel, urban wood waste, and sawmill byproducts. Additionally, the project uses geothermal groundwater from local wells to preheat its boiler feed water, reducing the plant’s consumption of biomass.
Plainfield Renewable Energy (PRE) supplies the majority of its energy, capacity, and renewable attributes to a subsidiary of Eversource under a long term power purchase agreement. Energy and capacity are also sold in the ISO New England wholesale and capacity markets. Renewable energy certificates are also sold to third parties.
PRE is a net 37.5 MW woody biomass electrical generation facility located in Plainfield, Connecticut. The plant is a certified Class I renewable energy source (Certification #CT00666-13) that has been operating since 2013. Greenleaf Power acquired PRE in 2015.
PRE utilizes a state-of-the-art staged gasification system and one Alstom steam turbine and WEG generator to generate approximately 290,000 MW annually. The plant is equipped with a baghouse for particulate control, urea injection for NOx control, and limestone and hydrated lime injection combined with a circulating dry scrubber for sulfur dioxide control. PRE operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations.
PRE burns annually approximately 350,000 tons of clean wood recovered from construction and demolition activities and other sustainable wood from forestry and land clearing activities.
St. Felicien Cogeneration Power Plant is located in St. Felicien, Quebec, Canada approximately 300 miles north of Montreal. The plant was built in 2001 with Greenleaf taking ownership in 2013.
The St. Felicien facility has a net capacity of approximately 23 megawatts of electricity. It is capable of providing baseload renewable energy for as many as 23,000 homes as well as steam which is provided to the adjacent facility. The biomass facility sells its electrical output to Hydro-Quebec under a long-term agreement.
Thermal Energy Development Partnership (TED) is currently idled.
TED is a net 20.5 MW woody biomass electrical generation facility located in Tracy, in San Joaquin County California. The facility is a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# 60091E) that has provided renewable energy since 1990. Greenleaf Power acquired TED in 2013.
TED utilizes a Detroit Stoker vibrating grate wood fired boiler and Dresser steam turbine generator set. The boiler is equipped with multi-clones and an electrostatic precipitator for particulate control, ammonia injection for NOx control, limestone injection for sulfur dioxide control, and sodium bicarbonate reagent to reduce stack plume. TBP operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations.
Each year TED burns between 150,000 and 200,000 tons of urban wood waste, orchard removal trees, and shell and pits. The majority of the fuel is in the form of urban wood waste that is diverted from local Bay Area landfills allowing local jurisdictions to meet AB 939 mandated recycling diversion targets. Orchard material is consumed at TED to satisfy air quality offset requirements.
Granite Shore Power
Bow, NH 03304
Granite Shore Power consists of 1,069 MW of coal, gas, biomass, and oil-fired generation assets located in New Hampshire which sell capacity and electricity into the ISO New England wholesale electricity market. The Portfolio is comprised of five generation stations: Schiller, Newington, Merrimack, White Lake, and Lost Nation. Schiller Station, located in Portsmouth, NH, consists of a 43 MW biomass-fired steam turbine, two steam turbines totaling 94 MW capable of firing #6 fuel oil and coal, and an 18 MW oil-fired combustion turbine. Newington Station, located in Portsmouth, NH, consists of a 400 MW steam turbine capable of firing #6 fuel oil and natural gas. Merrimack Station, located in Bow, NH, consists of two coal-fired steam turbines totaling 448 MW and two oil-fired combustion turbines totaling 34 MW. White Lake and Lost Nation Stations, located in Tamworth, NH and Northumberland, NH, respectively, are unmanned, remote-start, oil-fired combustion turbines totaling 32 MW.
Schiller Generation Station (“Schiller Station”) is located on approximately 81 acres along the western banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, adjacent to Newington Station. Schiller station has two, dual fuel units capable of firing coal or fuel oil, a fuel oil fired combustion turbine, and a biomass boiler combining for a total output of 155 MW (winter capacity). The units serve mainly as peaking resources for the grid, with the exception of the biomass boiler, which operates as a baseload unit, producing renewable energy around the clock and providing vital grid stabilization energy for the New Hampshire Seacoast.
Fortistar Biomass Group
White Plains, New York 10601
Fax: (914) 421-0052
Fortistar Biomass Group is a clean energy company with biomass generating assets and holdings in the U.S. and Canada.
The Fortistar Biomass Group was formed in early 2008 with the acquisition of five biomass facilities. Its assets total 118 MW of installed capacity and are located in Michigan (Hillman Power Co., Grayling Generating Station and Genesee Power Station) and Alberta, Canada (Drayton Valley Power and Dapp Generating Station). These projects produce more than 65 MW of power – enough electricity to supply 65,000 homes.
15720 Brixham Hill Avenue, Suite 550
Charlotte, NC 28277 USA
Phone: (770) 925-8349
Forest2Market delivers project development and operational support to new and existing biopower projects by providing fuel supply diligence utilizing our proprietary market data. Our data is unique as it is the only comprehensive data that is collected at the transaction level; no survey data is incorporated. Annually, we capture millions of transactions at the truckload level including wood fuel pricing.
At Forest2Market, we believe high-quality market information improves business performance. With our high-quality data, deep industry experience and third-party independence, we provide participants in the wood products and bioenergy, biofuel and biochemical supply chains with business solutions that support fact-based decision making and planning.
This transactional data provides a full-spectrum view of market dynamics that equip us with unique insights into global markets and allow us to:
- Interpret regulatory and legislative support regimes and economic drivers
- Assess current and future global supply, demand and pricing
- Identify and minimize risks associated with feedstock supplies
- Advise on all aspects of project lifecycle and ongoing supply chain efficiencies
- Provide basin-specific market analysis and forecasting of availability, sustainability and cost of feedstock
- Act as biomass fuel advisor for companies in the process of developing fuel supplier portfolios
Based on the quality and breadth of its proprietary market data, Forest2Market is recognized by project developers and the finance community as the premier provider of project support feedstock analytics. Forest2Market has conducted more than 300 analytical projects in support of traditional forest products industries, emerging biobased sectors, financial institutions and industrial organizations.
Forest2Market is committed to promoting biopower as a key energy segment to reduce and mitigate the effects of climate change. As such, we also provide advocacy support for policy developments that drive change within global energy markets.
EWP Renewable Corporation
Samoa, CA 95564
EWP Renewable Corporation owns and maintains operations staff at the Fairhaven, Whitefield, and Springfield biomass plants.
The Fairhaven biomass plant is an 18 MW generation facility located in northern California. Since operations began in 1987 the power generated is supplied to Pacific Gas & Electric under a long-term power purchase agreement. The plant uses over 250,000 tons of various forms of wood waste from local sawmills annually. Fairhaven is certified by the State of California as a renewable energy generator.
DG Fairhaven Power, LLC
Phone: (707) 445-5434 /
Fax: (707) 445-2551
Contact: Bob Marino, General Manager
The Whitefield biomass plant is a 16 MW generation facility located in northern New Hampshire. Operations began in 1988 and power is sold under a power purchase agreement. The plant consumes an average of 185,000 green tons of wood fuel per year sourced from numerous local suppliers. The plant’s successful environmental track record, modern pollution control equipment, and the installation of a regenerative scrubber system to lower NOx and an overfire air system to lower CO all contributed to Whitefield’s recent qualification as a Connecticut Class I Renewable Energy Credit (“REC”) producer. Steam is produced by a 180,000 pound Babcock and Wilcox fixed grate boiler which powers a Westinghouse turbine/generator.
DG Whitefield, LLC
Phone: (603) 837-9328 / Fax: (603) 837-2218
Contact: Doug York, Plant Manager
Located in western New Hampshire the Springfield biomass plant is a 16 MW generation facility that began operations in 1987. With several biomass fuel suppliers in the area, the plant consumes an average of 195,000 green tons of wood fuel annually and sells its power under a power purchase agreement. Similar to the Whitefield plant also located in New Hampshire, S pringfield’s environmental success is upheld by state-of-the-art pollution control equipment, the recent installation of a polishing NOx scrubber system, and upgrades to the boiler/central systems; these measures all contributed to the Springfield plant’s recent qualification as a Connecticut Class I Renewable Energy Credit (“REC”) producer.
Springfield Power, LLC
Phone: (603) 763-4754 / Fax: (603) 763-9860
Contact: Chuck Theall, Plant Manager
Lyons, OR 97358
Evergreen Biopower is a 10-MW generating facility co-located with Freres Lumber Co. in Lyons, Oregon. The biomass energy facility, constructed in 2007, supplies steam to Freres Lumber plant processes as well as generates electricity for the local utility.
Freres Lumber has operated for over 90 years as a family-owned business.
Detroit, MI 48226
DTE Energy provides gas and electric utility services to millions of Southeast Michigan homes and businesses, and energy-related services to businesses and industries nationwide.
In business since 1988 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., DTE Biomass Energy serves customers at more than 20 operating facilities across the United States. The company is a proven leader in the renewable energy sector.
DTE Energy’s biomass energy division consists of landfill gas with more than 20 landfill recovery sites in 14 states. The company also runs a 20 MW wood-fired plant in Woodland, California, and is developing two others in Bakersfield and Stockton, California, which will bring its installed capacity total to about 100 MW.
DTE Energy provides energy solutions to landfill owners and operators across the U.S., helping them adapt to and benefit from the increasing emphasis on renewable energy. The company acquires, builds, develops, owns, and operates landfill gas recovery systems, landfill gas-to-energy projects, and carbon offset projects providing environmentally sustainable products to the market.
Turning harmful greenhouse gases into a renewable source of energy has helped DTE Energy recover more than 900 billion cubic feet of landfill gas to date, a positive environmental impact equivalent to planting more than 4.5 billion trees.
Craven County Wood Energy
201 Executive Parkway
New Bern, NC
The Craven County Wood Energy (CCWE) facility is a biomass-fired power plant with a 50 MW nominal rating. The plant’s main source of fuel is wood waste provided through area manufacturing processes and managed forest initiatives.
CCWE is an integral part of the community with millions of dollars invested annually through fuel procurement, equipment purchases, taxes, and salaries.
CCWE is owned by a partnership of CMS Generation and Decker Energy.
P.O. Box 550
31500 Pond Road
Delano, CA 93216
Covanta, Delano Inc.
PO Box 1461
31500 Pond Road
Delano, CA 93216
Covanta, Mendota, Inc.
P.O. Box 99
400 Guillen Parkway
Mendota, CA 93640
Contact: Doyle Hibler
Phone: 661-792-3067 x-103
Covanta, Mendota, Inc.
Contact: Dave Righthouse
Phone: (559) 655-4921 x-11
Covanta Energy is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects, including eight biomass facilities. This renewable power is generated by utilizing wood fuel from a variety of sources including logging debris, logs from forest thinning, wood waste from lumber mills, highway right of way clearing, agricultural waste such as nut shells and fruit pits, and greenwaste collected from the communities we operate in. Fuel that is gathered in this way also contributes to a removal of accumulated fuel available on the forest floor and a reduction in wildfire potential. The use of this fuel and the greenwaste fuel also reduces the amount of open burning conducted in our communities which significantly reduces carbon monoxide smoke and particulates released by open burning.
Renewable electric generating facilities such as these produce numerous benefits for the communities they operate in, they diversify energy generation, reduce pollutants otherwise emitted into the air we breath, reduce fossil fuel based electric generation, and also contribute to a significant reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases.
Covanta Mendota Power, Mendota, CA
Owned and operated by Covanta Energy since 2007, Covanta Mendota Power is a 25 MW biomass circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler power plant located on 80 acres in an agricultural area of the Central Valley of California, approximately 40 miles west of Fresno, California. Receiving wood waste which is diverted from landfills and agricultural wood derived from whole orchard removal and miscellaneous agricultural residue generated in processing produce such as olives, almonds, prunes, peaches and many others Covanta Mendota processes 600 tons of biomass materials into energy each day. The facility, owned and operated by Covanta Energy since 2007, generates 25 megawatt hours of renewable electricity, while reducing the amount of material disposed of in landfills. The facility’s energy generation helps power 25,000 homes on a daily basis.
Covanta Delano Power, Delano, CA
Farms in Kern and Tulare Counties surrounding Covanta Delano generate over 580,000 tons of woody waste annually, mostly from almond, peach, and nectarine orchards. In the past, most of this material has been burned in the fields. Covanta Delano utilizes these waste materials in producing clean electricity offering farmers another alternative to open-field burning Equipped with the latest air pollution control technology, Covanta Delano is a major contributor in cleaning the air in California’s Central Valley. In fact, by reducing 96 percent of the pollutants released in open-field burning, local air quality management officials have called Covanta Delano “a stationary air pollution control device.”
In addition, Kern County landfills recycle tens of thousands of tons of urban wood waste each month for use at Covanta Delano. This amounts to approximately 40 percent of all urban wood waste generated in the unincorporated county. Overall, the facility processes nearly nearly 1,176 tons of biomass waste materials each day, generating more than 50 megawatt hours of electricity.
Covanta Mount Lassen Power, Westwood, CA
Mount Lassen Power is a biomass facility that receives saw mill waste and forest residues from Lassen and Plumas Counties and surrounding areas. The plant provides a market for all of the products removed in a thinning operation, allowing forest management practices to improve forest health and lower fire potential. The facility processes more than 270 tons of biomass waste materials each day, converting the material into approximately 11.5 megawatt hours of electricity. This power is enough to meet the needs of 11,500 homes. The facility has been owned and operated by Covanta Energy since 1997.
Covanta Burney Mountain Power, Burney, CA
Beginning commercial operations in 1984, Burney Mountain Power Facility, owned and operated by Covanta Energy, processes nearly 280 tons of biomass waste materials each day and converts this fuel into renewable electric power. The facility is the sister plant to Mount Lassen Power and services Shasta County and the surrounding areas. The primary fuels for the facility are forest residue, mill residue and whole tree chips. Operating at full capacity, the facility generates approximately 11 megawatts of electricity, which is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric.
Covanta Pacific Oroville Power, Oroville, CA
Owned and operated by Covanta Energy since 1997, Covanta Pacific Oroville Power facility processes more than 500 tons of biomass waste materials each day. The wood waste materials are diverted from landfills and used as a fuel at the facility. Covanta Pacific Oroville Power also receives approximately 5,000 tons per year of agricultural greenwaste that contributes that helps the plant produce enough clean, renewable energy on a daily basis to generate approximately 16.5 megawatt hours (net) of electricity, the equivalent of powering 16,500 homes.
Covanta Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station, Jamestown, CA
Covanta Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station began commercial operation in 1986, processes 500 tons of forest residue such as wood chips, agricultural byproducts and unadulterated urban wood each day. In California, biomass facilities like Covanta Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station are important tools in preventing the uncontrolled, highly polluting open-field burning of three million tons of agricultural residues each year. Instead, these materials can be used to generate clean, renewable energy. At Covanta Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station approximately 19.8 megawatt hours of electricity is generated from this material.
Covanta West Enfield Power Station, West Enfield, ME
Acquired by Covanta Energy in 2008, the West Enfield Power Station began commercial operation in November 1987. The facility takes wood waste from forest operations, thinnings and sawmills and combusts it in specially designed boilers to generate renewable energy. The wood waste is reduced to an inert ash residue that is approximately 3% of its original volume. The ash residue is can be used as fertilizer, soil amendment or bedding for farm animals. The facility processes The Covanta West Enfield Power Station processes 550 dry tons of biomass waste materials a day, producing 24.5 megawatt hours of electricity for ISO-New England, a regional transmission organization serving Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Covanta Jonesboro Power Station, Jonesboro, ME
The Jonesboro Biomass Facility began commercial operation in November 1987 and was acquired by Covanta Energy in 2008. Powered by fuel that consists of wood chips, bark, tree limbs and tops, mill residue and other clean forest-related biomass, the facility generates up to 24.5 megawatts of renewable energy that is sold into the merchant power markets of ISO New England and also qualifies for Massachusetts Class I renewable energy certificates. The facility processes 550 dry tons of biomass waste materials each day, producing 24.5 megawatt hours of electricity to power 24,500 homes daily.