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POWERING UP TO DO MORE – Anaheim breaks ground on a new power facility that will integrate state-of-the-art, sustainable technologies and boost local economy

ANAHEIM, CA (May 5, 2010) -

The City of Anaheim broke ground yesterday afternoon to celebrate the construction of the Canyon Power Project, the first new power plant to be built in California in two years. The Canyon Power Project is a state-of-the-art power generating facility that features four GE ® gas turbines, capable of producing 200 megawatts of power – enough electricity to power 150,000 homes annually.


This new facility is designed to provide much needed backup reserve power, and will also free the City from having to rely on out-of-state purchases, which can be costly. This backup energy supply will also allow Anaheim to grow its share of renewable resources, such as solar or wind, whose output depends upon variable weather conditions.


The Canyon Power Project will be locally built and operated, and will support the local workforce by creating 200 new jobs to support its construction. It will be located in the heart of Anaheim’s Canyon Business Park, a community which strives to be a model for new clean-energy initiatives and a place for clean-tech businesses to foster.

 

“This new power project will have an enormous and positive impact on our city, the environment, and our local economy,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. “It will demonstrate Anaheim’s ability to provide cleaner energy to its customers with the use of sustainable technologies.”

 

The Canyon Power Project will integrate a number of innovative technologies that will not only allow the facility to be more energy and water efficient, but will also demonstrate that the use of sustainable technologies can help to make the facility run effectively. For the first time, recycled Groundwater Replenishment System water will be used to cool some of the gas turbine equipment to keep it running efficiently. Solar panels will be installed on the roof to power the control room, and the control building will be outfitted with ice thermal units. This will freeze the water at night when power demands are low, and provide the chilled air during the day. Additionally, all transmission and distribution lines from the Canyon Power Project will be installed underground. With these elements in place, the City plans to obtain silver-level LEED certification for the project.


“Unlike traditional facilities of this magnitude, the remotely controlled modern technology in place allows the facility to start generating power within 10 minutes versus the normal 60 minutes,” said General Manager Marcie Edwards. This not only adds to the our customer response time, but also provides valuable cost saving flexibility to Anaheim’s ratepayers.”


“We’re excited to partner with the City of Anaheim on this project, which will allow us to further demonstrate GE’s commitment to ecomagination,” said Darryl Wilson, vice president, GE Aeroderivative Gas Turbines. “These four LM6000 turbines will help balance operational performance with real environmental benefits, which can include reducing C02 and nitrous oxide emissions as well as natural gas consumption. It’s a project that will power the world responsibly.”

 

Construction of the Canyon Power Project began May 2010, with electric generation beginning June 2011, and full completion by December 2011.

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ABOUT ANAHEIM The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.