Cogeneration firm converts coal plant to biofuel power

Macpherson Energy Company and DTE Energy Services (DTEES) have announced that Mt. Poso cogeneration power plant in California is completely converted to run 100 per cent biomass fuel instead of coal, and is successfully delivering its full capacity of 44 MW of clean, renewable energy to the California grid.

The renewable energy power plant now operates solely on biomass fuel, primarily urban and agricultural wood waste. Before the 15-month conversion, it had run for 20-plus years on coal.

Mt. Poso is a cogeneration power plant, utilizing steam from the power plant to enhance production in a nearby oil field and using water from the oil field to supply the power plant.

The conversion project at Mt. Poso began in November 2010. The plant began producing limited amounts of clean power in November 2011; since then workers have fine-tuned operations to bring energy generation to Mt. Poso’s capacity of 44 MW.

“We are excited to see Mt. Poso generate clean power at full capacity,” said Steve Sorrentino, Vice President, DTEES. “The conversion to biomass energy advances DTE Energy’s commitment to green energy. It will ensure a reliable source of energy with state-of-the-art technologies to preserve the environment. Most importantly, the project will bring high-skilled jobs to the Bakersfield area.”

For more cogeneration power newsMacpherson Energy Company and DTE Energy Services (DTEES) have announced that Mt. Poso cogeneration power plant in California is completely converted to run 100 per cent biomass fuel instead of coal, and is successfully delivering its full capacity of 44 MW of clean, renewable energy to the California grid.

The renewable energy power plant now operates solely on biomass fuel, primarily urban and agricultural wood waste. Before the 15-month conversion, it had run for 20-plus years on coal.

Mt. Poso is a cogeneration power plant, utilizing steam from the power plant to enhance production in a nearby oil field and using water from the oil field to supply the power plant.

The conversion project at Mt. Poso began in November 2010. The plant began producing limited amounts of clean power in November 2011; since then workers have fine-tuned operations to bring energy generation to Mt. Poso’s capacity of 44 MW.

“We are excited to see Mt. Poso generate clean power at full capacity,” said Steve Sorrentino, Vice President, DTEES. “The conversion to biomass energy advances DTE Energy’s commitment to green energy. It will ensure a reliable source of energy with state-of-the-art technologies to preserve the environment. Most importantly, the project will bring high-skilled jobs to the Bakersfield area.”

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