Projects in Operation
NAPG has owned, operated and managed its California Rio Bravo biomass plants since 1992. All four units utilize circulating fluidized bed boiler technology. Initially built to help diversify California from natural gas-fired energy, the plants have been and are being equipped to utilize biomass fuels including urban and agricultural wood waste, such as fruit pits and orchard trimmings, forest waste like small trees and undergrowth, and urban wood waste such as building scraps and pallets for energy production. The use of these biomass products as fuel results in reduced fossil fuel greenhouse gasses, reduced land filling and enhanced forest fire prevention. Rio Bravo Rocklin, Sacramento, California, produces 25 MW of electricity, sufficient to annually power approximately 25,000homes. This plant recycles wood waste by burning it to provide electricity.
Rio Bravo Fresno, also produces 25 MW of electricity, by recycling wood waste into electricity. RB Fresno also uses agricultural waste helping air pollution in California's central valley.
Rio Bravo Poso, 40 MW combined heat and power (CHP) facility, currently using fossil fuel before converting to biomass for electricity generation and enhanced oil production, Bakersfield, California.
Rio Bravo Jasmin, 40 MW CHP facility, currently utilizing fossil fuel before converting to biomass for electricity generation and enhanced oil production, Bakersfield, California.
Rio Bravo Poso and Rio Bravo Jasmin originally were designed and permitted to solely burn coal, but NAPG now being modified to allow the use of multiple fuel sources, including biomass, which will allow each plant to meet California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.