Genesee Power Station can produce up to 38 MW of renewable energy – enough to power 28,000 average homes. It directly employs 33 people in its operations and more than 75 other full-time jobs related to handling, processing and transporting of the tons of wood waste the plant sources each year from local suppliers. The plant went into commercial operations in 1995.
Genesee Power Station is owned by a partnership that includes Michigan-based CMS Enterprises and New York-based Fortistar.
Jobs at the plant include dozer operators, technicians and control room operators, maintenance, management and administrative personnel.
Genesee Power Station sells its power to Consumers Energy and is a significant source of renewable power. It provides a local market for low-value wood fiber, such as storm clean up, landscaping debris, right-of-way maintenance and land clearing. It also diverts broken crates, pallets and similar clean wood from landfills and processes it into useable biomass fuel.
Like many of Michigan's biomass plants, Genesee Power Station blends a small amount of tire-derived fuel (TDF) into the wood fuel, which improves plant performance, reduces air emissions and ash, and helps resolve the problem of what to do with scrap tires that are banned from Michigan's landfills. All the TDF used at the plant is regulated under the Michigan Scrap Tire Management Program and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Genesee Power Station is an important part of the Flint community, and other areas in southeastern Michigan where it collects its fuel. It provides jobs and a market for producers of wood wastes and byproducts. It supports the community through the payment s of significant property taxes and the goods and services it buys from local businesses. Genesee also supports programs at the nearby elementary school as well as each year awarding five local high school graduates with college scholarships.
Genesee Power Station
G5310 N. Dort Highway
Flint, MI 48505