Board Chairman and Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined with area government and business officials to present details on the environmental and economic benefits to be gained from a renewable “green” energy plant at the Frank R. Bowerman landfill northeast of Irvine. The planned gas-to-electricity plant, to be completed and operational by early 2016, will power local homes and businesses, boost construction and operational jobs and generate millions in royalties for the county government system.
“This project makes sense for the OC in so many important ways,” said Spitzer, who represents the 3rd District where the landfill is located. “It represents a win-win for the environment and the economy – and shows that the County of Orange is following smart and resourceful policies regarding its public landfills.”
Spitzer made his remarks during the formal groundbreaking ceremony for the $60 million plant, a state-of-the-art facility to be built on the 725-acre landfill that is one of the largest on the West Coast. The project—to be financed by Caterpillar Financial Services and built and operated by Bowerman Power, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Montauk Energy-was championed by Spitzer. It won approval from the full Board of Supervisors in October after a previous agreement for the facility was revised.
Dave Herrman, Montauk Energy’s CEO, said the corporation, as an experienced developer of landfill gas-to-energy projects, will be moving quickly to complete the construction of the 113,000-square foot facility. The plant will feature Caterpillar reciprocating engines that have state-of-the-art gas clean-up and emissions reduction technologies that will meet all local-state-federal air quality requirements.
Source: OC Waste & Recycling