Diesel and Gas-Engine Power Plants in California
Bear Valley
Location: CA
Operator: Bear Valley Electric
Configuration: 7 X 1.2 MW VHP7104 engines
Operation: 2004
Fuel: natural gas
E/G supplier: Waukesha

Photograph courtesy of American States Water Co
Posted 16 Jun 2004

Bowerman Landfill
Location: CA
Operator: Prometheus Energy Co
Configuration: 1 X 1 MW JGC 320 GS-LL engine
Operation: 2007
Fuel: landfill gas, process waste gas
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
Quick Facts: This gas engine is powering the world’s first commercial landfill gas-to-liquid natural gas (LNG) conversion facility. The electricity generated is primarily used in the gas compression and liquefaction stages of the LNG production process. The facility will initially produce approximately 5,000 gallons of LNG per day. The engine has the Jenbacher CL.AIR non-catalytic exhaust gas treatment system.

Photograph courtesy of GE Energy
Posted 24 May 2007

King Salmon
Location: CA
Operator: Pacific Gas and Electric Co
Configuration: 10 X 16.3 MW 18V50DF engines
Operation: 2010
Fuel: natural gas, diesel
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila
Quick Facts: This dual-fuel power station replaced two retired conventional oil-fired units at the PG&E Humboldt Bay site, which also houses a retired nuclear unit.

Photograph courtesy of Haskell Corp
Re-posted 24 Aug 2011

Newby Island Landfill
Location: CA
Operator: Gas Recovery Systems LLC
Configuration: 4 X 500-kW, 4 X 1-MW
Operation: 1984-1989
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Cooper, Waukesha
EPC: Laidlaw
Quick Facts: The 342ac Newby Landfill is one of the largest landfills in the area and takes waste from San Jose, Milpitas and other cities. It was developed by Browning-Ferris Industries, now Allied Waste Services.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 9 Dec 2007

Ox Mountain Landfill
Location: CA
Operator: Ameresco Inc
Configuration: 6 X 1.92 MW JGS 616 GS-LL engines
Operation: 2009
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
Quick Facts: This LFG power plant is at a Republic Services landfill in Half Moon Bay which has been in operation since 1976. Surplus power is sold to the cities of Alameda and Palo Alto. The engines are a pilot installation of GE’s pre-combustion “Temperature Swing Adsorber” (TSA) activated carbon gas-cleaning technology that removes contaminants before they can damage gas engine components.

Photograph courtesy of Ameresco Inc
Posted 8 Jul 2009

Oxnard WWTP
Location: CA
Operator: Oxnard Public Works Dept
Configuration: 3 X 500-kW P9390GU engines
Operation: 1981
Fuel: digester gas
E/G supplier: Waukesha

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Simi Valley Landfill
Location: CA
Operator: Waste Management Inc
Configuration: 2 X 1.25-MW
Operation: 2004
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: ??
EPC: Stewart & Stevenson

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Ventura WWTP
Location: CA
Operator: Ventura Regional Sanitation District
Configuration: 1 X 550-kW F3521GL engine
Operation: 1992
Fuel: digester gas, natural gas
E/G supplier: Waukesha

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Western Milling
Location: CA
Operator: Western Milling LLC
Configuration: 1 X 1.25 MW QSV91G engine CHP
Operation: 2003
Fuel: natural gas
E/G supplier: Cummins
EPC: Cummins Cal Pacific
Quick facts: Western Milling produces animal feed products which requires conveyors, mixers, grinders, blenders, and pellet mills. Steam and hot water are needed for processing feed and food by-products. The genset produces 1,250 kWe plus up to 2,200 pph of steam at 115 psi and 30 gpm of hot water at 190°F. The CHP system was installed and commissioned in 12wksincluding arrangements with Southern California Edison to run in parallel with the grid. To meet California’s NOX standard of 9 ppm, Cummins designed and installed an SCR system for the lean-burn engine that controls emissions to 5 ppm.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 26 Sep 2007

   

 

Woodland Avenue-3
Location: CA
Operator: Modesto Irrigation District
Configuration: 6 X 8.27-MW 20V34SG engines
Operation: 2011
Fuel: natural gas
E/G supplier: Cummins
EPC: Burns & McDonnell, Haskell
Quick facts: The MID Woodland Avenue site in the Central Valley has a simple-cycle GT, a small CCGT block, and the new IC plant. The IC plant budget was $78mn. The 150t engines were transported by ship to Houston and then by rail to Modesto.

Photograph courtesy of Haskell Corp
Posted 24 Aug 2011

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 24-Aug-2011

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