ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.--()--Broadrock Renewables LLC, in partnership with the County of Orange, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the inauguration of Broadrock’s newly completed landfill gas-to-energy generating plant located at the County’s Olinda Alpha Landfill in Brea, California. Broadrock’s new facility has a renewable energy generating capacity of 32.5 MW, and when combined with Broadrock’s existing 5MW facility, totals 37.5 MW of renewable energy generating capacity installed at the Olinda Alpha Landfill. This is the 2nd largest power plant fueled by landfill gas in the United States.
“The facility’s output is roughly ten times the size of the average LFG to electricity project, all while utilizing state of the art high efficiency, low emission controls that will set a new standard in this industry.”
“Broadrock is extremely pleased to bring this new facility into commercial operation,” said Randy Holmes, President and CEO of Broadrock. “This exciting project was only made possible by the extraordinary level of collaboration and cooperation among the stakeholders. Orange County provided the landfill gas, the City of Anaheim purchased the electricity, the City of Brea provided infrastructure support, and the U.S. Department of Energy provided grants and other financial incentives that played a key role in financing the construction of the project. This project is an outstanding example of how public sector entities can work with the private sector to create innovative solutions for our nation’s critical infrastructure needs. This project will provide clean, reliable, renewable energy to Orange County for decades to come. “
The Project is a recipient of a $10 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE awarded these funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to promote increased use of industrial energy efficiency technologies as part of a broader effort to help cut overall energy use, save American businesses money, grow jobs, and reduce carbon pollution across the country.
John M. W. Moorlach, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, cites the new power plant as an excellent example of a successful public-private partnership. “The facility benefits the environment and the economy. The electricity produced at the plant will power local homes and businesses. It’s a win-win.”
“This project was truly ‘groundbreaking’ in a number of ways, from a clean energy generation perspective, the emissions technology utilized and job creation,” said Frank DiCola, President and CEO of DCO Energy. “The facility’s output is roughly ten times the size of the average LFG to electricity project, all while utilizing state of the art high efficiency, low emission controls that will set a new standard in this industry.”
Honoured guests at the October 19th ribbon cutting ceremony included: Jordan Brandman, Chair of the Public Utilities Board; Pat Carroll, Public Utilities Board; Charles Peltzer, Public Utilities Board; Mayor Ron Garcia, Brea City; Marty Simonoff, Brea City Council; Ron Garcia, Brea City Council; and, Brett Murdock, Brea City Council.
About Broadrock Renewables LLC
Broadrock Renewables was founded in 2010 and is a portfolio company of the Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II. The members of Broadrock’s senior management team have decades of experience in diverse aspects of the energy industry across a wide range of renewable energy and other technologies. Broadrock Renewables LLC‘s portfolio of projects currently consists of landfill gas fueled electricity generating facilities in California and Rhode Island, each of which is currently being redeveloped.
About Macquarie Infrastructure Partners
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc. is a member of the Macquarie Group of companies and manages the unlisted Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP) and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II (MIP II) funds. MIP and MIP II have combined equity under management of over $5.5 billion committed to infrastructure investments in North America. MIP and MIP II have ownership interests in a diversified portfolio of businesses, including toll roads, bridges, utilities, ports, telecommunications infrastructure and waste management.
About DCO Energy, LLC
DCO Energy, LLC is an independent energy development company specializing in the development, engineering, construction, start up, commissioning, operation, maintenance and management, as well as, ownership of Central Energy Centers (CEC), Renewable Energy projects and Combined Heat, Chilling and Power (CHCP) Production Facilities. DCO was formed over a decade ago with a core team of energy experts. DCO Energy's mechanical, electrical controls, structural engineers and system experts are among the best in the business. Collectively, DCO team members have been independently developing projects or have developed and operated approximately 275 MW of electric, 400 MMBtu/hr of Heat Recovery, 1,500 MMBtu/hr of Boiler Capacity and 130,000 tons of Chilled Water Capacity of energy producing facilities totaling over $1 billion dollars of assets.
About Orange County’s OC Waste & Recycling
OC Waste & Recycling manages one of the nation’s premiere solid waste disposal systems serving 34 cities and over three million residents. On behalf of local residents and businesses, OC Waste & Recycling has developed a solid waste management system composed of a network of three active landfills and four household hazardous waste collection centers. Landfill gas-to-energy projects at the County’s facilities currently produce 51.8 megawatts of electrical power with another 23 MW under development.
About City of Anaheim
Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility. For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim its customers providing high quality, economical electric and water utility services with some of lowest rates in the County. We offer over 40 programs, providing incentives and rebates to help Anaheim residents, businesses, schools, and developers become more energy-efficient and water-conscious.