Panoramic view of the DOE SRS Biomass Cogeneration Facilitty with delivery chutes in the foreground

Federal Biomass Energy Development

Ameresco is a recognized leader in Federal biomass energy projects, having completed the largest renewable energy-focused Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) in U.S. history at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site Biomass Cogeneration Facility, a project that converted an existing coal-fired plant into a biomass energy plant. Our power and cogeneration facilities cleanly burn locally sourced renewable waste, such as forest waste, to fuel specialized engines that generate both power and heat.

Existing coal-fired plants can be converted to biomass plants with scrubbers that reduce carbon emissions, potentially lowering environmental impacts and reliance on fossil fuels. Renewable biomass fuel is a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels, allowing biomass energy plants to be financed with energy cost savings. In addition to designing, developing and operating biomass generation facilities, Ameresco can help Federal agencies develop the infrastructure to source biomass fuel, or run fuel-gathering operations.

Case Studies

Daytime aerial view of the main plant at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site Biomass Cogeneration Facility

DOE SRS Biomass Cogeneration Facility

The largest ESPC in U.S. history turned a coal-fired plant at the Department of Energy Savannah River Site into a biomass-fueled plant that generates power and heat through cogeneration.

Additional Media

2012 Award for Department of Energy Savannah River Site Biomass Cogeneration Facility