A ribbon cutting ceremony was held November 7 to mark the official opening of Anaergia Inc.'s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF), in the City of Escondido, California. This CHP system utilizes digester gas from the wastewater treatment process to generate renewable electricity and heat for the facility's operations.
As a result of this new system, all the biogas produced by HARRF's anaerobic digestors, which was previously flared, is now utilized to generate sustainable green energy. Anaergia and the City of Escondido have entered into a power purchase agreement, so that the electricity and heat are sold by Anaergia at below market rates, for the operations of the HARRF.
The California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) supported this project.
"The City has been continually upgrading and improving the HARRF," said Chris McKinney, Director of Utilities of the City of Escondido. "The utilization of biogas to generate renewable energy is an important step in optimizing this Facility's operations and has been a personal goal of mine."