Genesee Power Station

what it is

Genesee Power Station is a 40-megawatt (MW) biomass-fueled power plant located near Flint, Mich.

impact highlights


The Genesee Power Station is fueled primarily by wood waste such as woodchips, sawdust and trimming from automotive and furniture manufacturers.


The facility can produce enough electricity to power about 40,000 homes.


The carbon-neutral plant generates power to support forest health, mitigates greenhouse gases, conserves landfill space and supports central Michigan’s electric grid.

about the plant


Located in the Dort-Carpenter Industrial Center near Flint, Mich., Genesee Power Station is a renewable energy facility that burns a variety of biomass materials that would otherwise be landfilled, including: tree trimmings, land-clearing residue, construction debris, pallets, spools and other clean industrial wood wastes from furniture, automotive and other manufacturers, along with municipalities and tree service companies.

The plant generates steam with a single conventional ABB Combustion Engineering VU-40 hydra grate boiler. Particulates are removed from the flue gas stream by a multi-cyclone and an electrostatic precipitator. Steam is converted to electricity using an ABB single-flow condensing turbine coupled to an ABB synchronous generator.

The electric output is sold pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy. With its operating office in Flint, Mich. and wood collection centers in Macomb and Novi, Mich., Mid-Michigan Recycling procures wood waste used at the facility.

Commercial operation began in 1995.