Pinal Power, Turning Arizona’s Green Waste into Renewable, Reliable Baseload Electricity


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Resolution 10-42. A Resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Maricopa, Arizona, in support of the planned Pinal Power, LLC Renewable Energy Facility.

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Pinal Power, Turning Arizona’s Green Waste into Renewable, Reliable Baseload Electricity

  1. 1. August 2010 “ Turning Arizona’s Green Waste into Renewable, Reliable Baseload Electricity”
  2. 2. Project Overview <ul><li>30MW electric generation facility - Biomass fueled </li></ul><ul><li>46 acre site – 30 miles south of Phoenix within City of Maricopa, Pinal County </li></ul><ul><li>$92 million initial capital investment </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Fuel Source: landscape/crop waste </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Fuel Source: high BTU crops from local farms </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical interconnection at Kelly Substation ( Electrical District-3 ) </li></ul>
  3. 3. FAQ’s <ul><li>30 megawatts renewable electricity = 35,000 homes </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel: 300,000 tons/year of green waste ( currently goes to landfills ) </li></ul><ul><li>All fuel from within 50-75 mile radius </li></ul><ul><li>Permitted to combust landscape waste ( tree trimmings, logs, etc ), farm crop waste ( orchard trimmings, stalks, etc ), untreated wood ( pallets, construction waste, etc ) and bio-energy crops </li></ul><ul><li>Not permitted to burn garbage, sewage, manure, treated wood ( plywood, railroad ties, etc ), or tires. </li></ul><ul><li>Facility will operate 24 hours/day, approx 350 days/year </li></ul><ul><li>Water rights leased/supplied from Pinal Feeding </li></ul><ul><li>Ash removed as composting filler and/or applied to local farm acreage </li></ul>
  4. 4. Artist Rendering
  5. 5. Local Fuel Sources Phoenix Green Landfill Waste Processing Green Waste at Landfill Bio-Crop (Sorghum) ready for harvest Arizona Bio-Crops Planted (Sorghum) Tohono O’Odham Farms – Pinal County
  6. 6. Overall Benefits <ul><li>Renewable electricity: helps utilities meet ‘Renewable Energy Standard’ </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable electricity: serves annual baseload demand 24 hours/day </li></ul><ul><li>Increased stability/reliability to local electric grid ( ED3 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces landfill burden: diverts nearly 30% landscape waste </li></ul><ul><li>Lessens reliance on fossil fuels, increases energy independence </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces greenhouse gas emissions, carbon-neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Construction and full-time jobs to help AZ economy </li></ul><ul><li>State and local tax revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes local farmers/Native Americans ( secondary fuel source ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Local Benefits <ul><li>20-25 full-time jobs after commissioning (2013) </li></ul><ul><li>110-120 construction jobs ( starting 2011 ) </li></ul><ul><li>100+ indirect jobs created for fuels delivery, maintenance, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Boost to City of Maricopa tax base </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated local/AZ impact: $15,000,000+ annually </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy “Campus” ( area visibility, attract industry ) </li></ul><ul><li>ED-3 increased revenues from “wheeling” power </li></ul><ul><li>Ability for local residents to drop-off acceptable green waste </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technology <ul><li>Wood-based feedstock directly burned to produce steam - steam drives turbine, which turns generator creating electricity sent to grid - spent steam condensed back to water and recycled into process. In principle, functions like a natural gas-fired power station, except burning renewable fuel. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Existing Biomass Power Facilities - 208 Biomass power facilities* (primarily wood burning) - Represents approximately 4GW of power - *Excludes thermal, landfill gas, municipal solid waste facilities P
  10. 10. Site Location
  11. 11. SITE LAYOUT
  12. 12. Who is Pinal Power? <ul><li>Pinal Power, LLC owned by Phoenix-based Arbutus Bio-Energy, LLC </li></ul><ul><li>Arbutus develops, constructs, manages, and operates renewable energy facilities, primarily biomass generation. </li></ul><ul><li>Investment / Development partners: Elemental Energy, Inc and Western Bio-Energy, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Development team has 40+ years experience in field with 20+ biomass power plants developed, constructed and commissioned since early '80s. </li></ul><ul><li>Project financing will be US-based </li></ul>Arbutus Bio-Energy Western Bio-Energy Elemental Energy
  13. 13. Permits & Timeline <ul><li>Permits required </li></ul><ul><li>Title V air quality permit </li></ul><ul><li>FEMA flood plain control </li></ul><ul><li>Local zoning, construction, safety </li></ul>
  14. 14. Contact Info <ul><li>38743 W. Cowtown Road, </li></ul><ul><li>Maricopa, AZ 85238 </li></ul><ul><li>602-363-8441 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>