According to the National BioEnergy Industries Association (NBIA), Washington, D.C., the biomass power industry in California grew at an annual rate of 28 percent during the 1980s. California`s biomass-fired capacity was 807 MW in 1990.
Delano Energy Co., a subsidiary of Thermo Electron, turns waste wood into electricity to power southern California homes and businesses. The plant is licensed to deliver power to the Southern California Edison grid at levels below 50 MW. Higher levels require compliance with public utilities regulations, so Delano must monitor output to keep it at or below 49.9 MW. Operators constantly monitor output and many other aspects of the facility, including transformer and motor loads to keep the plant
Waste wood goes into landfills in many parts of the United States; a loss of a potentially valuable energy source. However, Savannah Electric reports successful completion of basic research into methods for using discarded wood as boiler fuel. Aided by a consulting firm, Fiber Fuel International, Savannah`s staff mixed pulverized wood and coal and fired it in a boiler at the company`s Plant Kraft. An initial three-day test burn, conducted more than a year ago, consumed 5,500 pulverized, nonreusa