06 Jul Honey Lake Power Plant Team Stands Ready to Support PG&E Customers in Lassen County Region
Facility has been a critical resource of emergency power during wildfire season
July 5, 2022 – Employees at the Greenleaf Power Honey Lake Power (HLP) plant biomass
facility are again prepared to support Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) by providing
electrical power to Lassen County residents and others in the area as PG&E works on the
transmission line that services these communities.
“In response to the wildfires compromising PG&E’s electrical transmission lines in 2021, we
are proud to have provided more than 60 consecutive days of power to Lassen County,”
said Greg Cook, CEO of Greenleaf Power, the parent company of HLP. “Further, there were
91 total days in 2021 where HLP was the only source of electricity in the area, and already
in 2022, we have provided power to residents for nearly 20 days.”
In addition to HLP providing electricity to Lassen County residents, the facility helps the
State of California with its effort to prevent wildfires. HLP uses wood and wood waste (from
designated High Fire Zones) that would otherwise serve as fuel in a wildfire. At least 80% of
HLP’s fuel must come from forested regions that are sustainably managed. As California
confronts another historic drought and record-breaking wildfires year after year, HLP is
committed to being part of the solution by using High Fire Zone woody material to produce
green and clean electricity.
“Fires have repeatedly impacted PG&E lines in our area throughout 2021 and we expect
that 2022 will be no different,” said Matt Granderson, Plant Manager at HLP. “We stand
ready to provide green and reliable electricity to our neighbors when PG&E lines are down
and areas of Lassen County become ‘islands’ during fire season.”
During the 2018 Camp Fire that devastated the town of Paradise, HLP was the only power
generator available and supported LMUD’s customers for 21 days.