Humboldt Sawmill Company

108 Main Street
Scotia, Humboldt Co. CA 95565-0037
Size (MWs) 28
Senate District SD 2, Mike McGuire, D
Assembly District AD 2, Jim Wood, D
Congressional District CD 2, Jared Huffman, D

Humboldt Sawmill Company owns a net 28 Mega Watt (MW) woody biomass electrical generation facility located approximately 40 miles south of Eureka in Humboldt County California. The plant is a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# 60083A) that has been consistently providing renewable energy since 1989.

Our Cogeneration Power Plant in Scotia, California utilizes wood byproducts from our manufacturing operations to produce electricity and steam power. The steam is used in our adjacent sawmill to kiln dry lumber.

The cogeneration plant utilizes three Riley Stoker travelling grate stoker boilers and three General Electric steam turbine generator sets to generate between 125,000 and 175,000 MWs annually. The boilers are equipped with multi-clones and electrostatic precipitators for particulate control. The facility operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations.

Between 150,000 and 200,000 bone dry tons of forest, sawmill, and urban biomass waste are utilized each year. The majority of the fuel comes from established integrated sawmills that own their own timberlands and have long-term operation in the region. Biomass fired generation is the highest and best use for these sawmills byproducts affording this facility a reliable and captive fuel source.

The cogeneration plant has approximately 25 employees with a payroll of more than $3.8 million, purchased goods and services of more than $9.0 million from local and regional businesses and paid more than $400 thousand in property taxes.