DTE Energy to convert California coal-fired power plant to biomass
DTE Energy has received approval from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in California to convert a coal-fired power plant to biomass fuel. In July 2010, DTE bought the plant, which was closed in April 2009 after operating for 20 years. It is located at the Port of Stockton, a major deepwater port in Stockton, Calif., that is situated on the San Joaquin River.
The conversion will include a boiler replacement and installation of best available emission control technologies. When complete, the Port of Stockton District Energy Facility will combust 100 percent biomass fuel, mainly wood fuel derived from urban wood waste, tree trimmings and agricultural residues. John Austerberry, DTE Energy spokesman, said that the company is currently in negotiations with potential fuel suppliers and could not currently release fuel usage estimates.