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Pasadena's Future Energy Independence Moves Forward

Pasadena's Future Energy Independence Moves Forward


PASADENA, Calif.—Plans to secure a more reliable and environmentally responsible energy future for the City and its customers were advanced early Tuesday morning, April 9, after the Pasadena City Council approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Glenarm Power Plant Repowering Project. 

“This is an important undertaking by Pasadena Water and Power to meet our City’s energy needs with modern, efficient and environmentally friendly equipment that will serve our residents and provide power for new and existing businesses as our local economy continues to grow,” Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard said. 

The Glenarm Power Plant Repowering Project will replace an antiquated, steam-generating power plant with a new, state-of-the-art, 71-megawatt natural gas powered generator and the best available air pollution control systems.  The new power plant will generate power about 30 percent more efficiently and will augment the reliability of the City's electrical system when conditions are unfavorable for wind and solar energy production.  

"By generating power locally, we can continue to provide uninterrupted power to our customers when the City’s electrical demand exceeds its import capacity and also help integrate solar and wind renewable energy resources into our portfolio," said Phyllis Currie, General Manager of Pasadena Water and Power.  "It will reduce the City's dependence on purchases of energy from the market, the cost of which can spike when demand for power is high." 

Plans for the project, which is expected to be operating by the end of 2015, have been included in the City’s capital improvement program for a number of years.  Cost estimates of $115.6 million, first projected in 2010, are under review by expert utility consultants.  With the EIR now approved, next steps include developing a financing plan and securing the required building and air-quality permits.  

The Glenarm Power Plant, first built in 1907, is a block south of the Metro Gold Line's Fillmore Station on East Glenarm Street, between Fair Oaks Boulevard and the 110 Freeway.  The facility includes the landmark Glenarm building and its iconic, Art Deco fountain. 

For more information about the Glenarm Power Plant Repowering Project, go online to www.PWPweb.com/PowerPlant.  For more information about the City of Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net. 


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2013, #032-13 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net, OR Valerie Howard, Pasadena Water and Power (562) 298-2947, valeriehowardpr@gmail.com  




Posted: 4/9/2013 12:15:00 AM
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