Buena Vista Biomass Power

Buena Vista Biomass Power

Buena Vista Biomass Power (BVBP) is located 5 miles south of the city of Ione in California. Buena Vista Biomass Power is designed with an output of approximately 18 megawatt of base load electric generating capacity to the region. The plant has been re-powered as a long-term sustainable biomass renewable energy power generation from a lignite plant. The biomass plant was designed to create a safe, reliable and environmentally-responsible commercial operation that went into service in 2010

The plant uses a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler that combusts biomass in a controlled manner, heats water to steam which then enters a turbine-generator to make electricity. One advantage of CFB boilers is that it is possible to combust very low moisture content fuel compared to a traveling grate design. Also, the design provides complete combustion which emits low air emissions.

The fuel for this plant is derived from a variety of sources including clean urban wood diverted away from landfills, agricultural byproducts from orchard operations and forest sourced material generated as a byproduct of forest thinning projects that reduce fires. 

Project Overview

Location: Ione, California — one hour southeast of Sacramento
Technology: CE/Lurgi Circulating Fluidized Bed Boiler, Siemens Steam Turbine and Generator
Fuel Type: Renewable Energy — wood chips (forestry, agriculture and urban sources)
In-Service Date: 2010
Capacity: 18 MW net
Output: 20-Year Power Purchase Agreement with SMUD
Ownership: Buena Vista Biomass Power, LLC
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp.
  • Contact Information:
  • Steve Cademarti, Plant Manager
  • Jessica Fabila, Admin
  • (209) 274-4414
  • Address:
  • 4655 Coal Mine Road
  • Ione, CA 95640