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DTE Energy converts coal plant to biomass

World Coal,

DTE Energy Services has completed its construction project to convert a coal-fired power plant at the Port of Stockton, US, to operate on biomass fuel.

The plant, known as Stockton Biomass, began commercial operations on 21st February. The renewable power from the facility in northern California is being sold to PG&E Company to help it meet its renewable energy requirement.

Biomass fuel

The plant will use approximately 320 000 tpa of woody biomass fuel, primarily derived from urban wood waste, tree trimmings and agricultural processes. This amount of biomass will generate approximately 45 MW of renewable power annually.

DTE Energy VP - Wholesale Power and Renewables, Steve Sorrentino, commented: "We are excited to have this green energy plant operational and appreciate the support we've received from the Port of Stockton, local officials and community leaders to make it a reality."

Coal-fired power plant

The Stockton plant began operation in 1989 as a coal-fired power plant and ceased operation in April 2009. DTE Energy Services purchased the plant in June 2010 with plans to convert it to biomass.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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