BY THE NUMBERS
375,000: Tons of chipped wood waste that the proposed power plant would burn each year
50: Average number of truck trips each day to deliver wood chips to the plant from orchards and other sources
2 to 3: Average daily truck trips to haul ash from the plant to processors that would use it to make concrete and other products
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200 to 400: Gallons of water the plant would use per minute for cooling of the generating equipment and other purposes. It would come from an existing well with a 1,500-gallon-a-minute capacity.
How utilities are faring on the state mandate to get at least 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020:
Modesto Irrigation District: 12 percent as of 2010, almost all wind. It could reach the target by 2013 with planned wind additions, a large solar plant and the wood-burning plant.
Turlock Irrigation District: 28 percent as of 2010, almost all wind from one Pacific Northwest site
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.: 14 percent as of 2008, including wind, solar, biomass and other sources
Note: Large hydroelectric systems do not count toward the goal.
Details on the proposed wood-burning power plant are at www.mid.org/biomass.