California biomass plant begins operations

DTE Energy's biomass plant in northern California, US, has begun operations.

The plant, located on the site of a former coal-fired power facility, will use around 320,000 tonnes of woody biomass fuel a year to generate 45MW of power.

Biomass for the facility will be primarily derived from urban wood waste, tree trimmings and agricultural processes.

DTE purchased the site, in San Joaquin Valley, in June 2010.

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