Other Types of Renewable Power

Located 35 miles south of Las Vegas, the 7.5 megawatt Goodsprings Energy Recovery Station was the first utility-scale renewable energy project owned by NV Energy.

Biomass/Landfill Gas Projects

Biomass power is the use of products such as wood, food crops and other plants to generate electricity. Most bio-power plants use direct-fired systems. They burn bio-energy feedstock directly to produce steam. This steam drives a turbine, which turns a generator that converts the power into electricity. 

Landfill gas is produced when organic materials (yard waste, food waste, household waste, paper, etc.) are decomposed by bacteria in an absence of oxygen.  Rather than allowing this gas to escape into the air, the gas is captured, gathered, cleaned and sent to turbine generators, where it is burned and used to produce electricity.

CC Landfill Energy, LLC – 12.0 megawatts

Located at Republic Services' Apex regional landfill north of Las Vegas, this project is Nevada’s largest landfill gas-to-energy facility.  It is owned and operated by Energenic and began producing in 2012.

Lockwood Renewable Energy Facility – 3.2 megawatts
Located southeast of Reno at Waste Management's Lockwood Landfill, this landfill gas-to-energy project began providing renewable energy for NV Energy customers early in 2012.

Sierra Pacific Industries – 10.0 megawatts
Owned and operated by Sierra Pacific Industries, this wood chip biomass project was first operational in 1989.  It is located in California, northwest of Reno, NV, in the Tahoe National Forest. 

Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility – 0.8 megawatts
Owned and operated by the City of Sparks, Nev., this water and sewage recycling facility generates methane gas to power a small generator. 

Energy Recovery

Goodsprings Energy Recovery Station – 7.5 megawatts
Located near Goodsprings, Nev., this heat recovery project is owned by NV Energy, and currently operated by Ormat Technologies.  It is located adjacent to a Kern River Gas Transmission Company compressor station and captures heat from the compressors and then uses that heat to turn a separate generator to produce electricity.  It began producing in 2010.

Small  Hydro

Fleish Hydro facility – 2.3 megawatts
This small hydro-electric plant is located on the California/Nevada border southwest of Reno. It went into commercial operation in 2006 and is owned by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. 

Frank Hooper Hydro facility – 0.8 megawatts
Located in Elko, Nev., this small hydro-electric plant went into operation in 1986. It is owned and operated by Hooper Hydro Electric. 

Truckee Carson Irrigation District – 4.0 megawatts
This small hydro-electric plant is located in Lahontan, Nev. and went into operation in 1987. It is owned and operated by the Truckee Carson Irrigation District. 

Verdi Hydro facility – 2.2 megawatts
This small hydro-electric plant is located in Washoe County and went into service in 2006. It is owned by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. 

Washoe Hydro facility – 2.2 megawatts
Located in Washoe County this small hydro generating facility and went into service in 2006. It also is owned by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.