US utility the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with smart energy firm Fortistar.The agreement includes the New York based smart energy company providing the utility with power generated from the firm’s upgraded renewable landfill gas (LFG) to energy (Gas-to-Energy) station in Lakeview Terrace.
In a combined statement, the two parties said the LFG plant, currently under management by the Los Angeles Sanitation department, will provide the city’s utility with 3MW of electricity.
Renewable energy and carbon reduction
The deal falls under LADWP’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme which promotes renewable energy PPAs between the utility and Independent Power Producers. The FIT initiative was designed to help Los Angeles to meet its 33% goal of producing electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.
According to Fortistar, the Lake View Terrace station is the only LFG project in the utility's FIT programme.
Eric Garcetti, the mayor of the city of Los Angeles commented: "Smart investments in green technology are key to building a more sustainable future for Los Angeles."
[quote] "By creating renewable energy from the greenhouse gas it captures, the Lopez Landfill Gas Energy Station will reduce emissions while making our city more resilient," added the mayor.
The station was opened in 1975 but has been closed since 1996. Following its upgrade and re-opening, the LFG plant will use gas from its collection and conveyance system for conversion into renewable energy. [US energy council drafts roadmap toward low carbon emissions].
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, landfills are the third-largest source of human-related landfill gas emissions in the United States. However LFG stations are claimed to play a pivotal role in reducing the emissions in a cost effective manner.
Mark Comora, CEO of Fortistar said added: “Furthermore, municipalities can turn their landfills into renewable energy assets that generate additional revenue.”
A subsidiary of Fortistar, Lopez Energy, will own, operate and manage the plant.
Altogether, Fortistar manages 31 LFG projects in the US with a capacity of 174 MW which if combined have carbon pollution sequestration equivalent to 7,000,000 acres of forests.
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