Wadham Energy LP

6247 Myers Road
Williams, Colusa Co. CA 95987-5803
Size (MWs) 26.5
Direct Employees 23
Dedicated Indirect Jobs Wadham Energy LP is responsible for approximately 60 dedicated indirect jobs, including fuel suppliers involved in collection, processing and transport of biomass fuel.
Senate District SD 4, Jim Nielsen, R
Assembly District AD 4, Bill Dodd, D
Congressional District CD 3, John Garamendi, D

Enpower is the General Partner and Asset Manager of Wadham Energy LP

Enpower provides new business and operations management services to owners, developers and lenders in energy and process industries. Enpower has also expanded its business management services to provide acquisition due diligence, project feasibility, and project and process development. Enpower seeks new acquisition and business development opportunities in energy and process industries.

At the Wadham Energy plant, rice hulls are fired in a boiler to generate steam that turns a steam turbine that in turn spins an electrical generator which produces electricity for the northern California electrical grid. Before Wadham began operations, disposing of rice hulls had become an increasingly troublesome problem for California rice mills. Over 360,000 tons of chaff, or hulls, are produced each year, far more than could be used in other beneficial applications. The unused balance had to be disposed. The slow-to-break-down rice hulls produce methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG), and open-field burning produces unacceptable levels of pollution. Wadham helps reduce greenhouse gases by transforming the hulls into fuel and generating enough electricity to power approximately 22,000 area homes without polluting the soil or air. This electric process is GHG negative in that the fuel was created by plant life absorbing CO2 and its combustion releases the same amount, however, if left to decompose, the rice hulls would produce methane, a gas that is 25 times more harmful than CO2 as a GHG.

Biomass helps California meet mandated GHG reductions. Diverting wastes from high emission conventional disposal like landfill disposal and agricultural field burning reduces GHG emissions.