SDG&E Adds 20 MW of Renewable Energy via Biomass

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has contracted to purchase 20 megawatts (MW) of biomass electricity from Bull Moose Energy LLC (BME), beginning in 2008. The Bull Moose Energy facility, expected to be located in the southern area of San Diego County, will gasify green waste, such as tree trimmings, to generate enough electricity to power 13,000 homes beginning in 2008.

“With the recent improvements in technology, biomass has become one of the cleanest, most low-impact ways to generate electricity,” said Amanda Martinez, Bull Moose Energy president. “The habit of using limited landfill space to discard still-useful byproducts of our everyday life must become a thing of the past.” The facility is a clean-burning system and is expected to divert several hundred tons of waste per day away from county landfills. The environmentally friendly facility will use biomass waste products to produce electrical power, converting green waste into electricity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting waste from landfills. This will be the first biomass facility announced in California since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the recent executive order requiring that 20 percent of the renewable energy purchased by public utilities in California be generated by biomass. “The contract between BME and SDG&E allows San Diego to become a part of the clean biomass energy movement,” Martinez added.
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