Multi-Million Dollar Plan to Repair City Gas Turbine Damaged by Catastrophic Fire Goes Before City Committee Tuesday

Published : Monday, September 11, 2017 | 4:51 PM

Glenarm Power Plant

The Pasadena City Council’s Municipal Services Committee is scheduled to hear an update Tuesday on the City’s Power Integrated Resources Plan, including a proposal to repair the Gas Turbine Unit 2 at the Glenarm Power Plant.

The Committee will also be provided an update on Pasadena’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan during its scheduled weekly meeting.

Pasadena Water and Power is recommending that the City Council approve and adopt an amendment to the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to include the repair of the GT-2, which was damaged during a catastrophic fire in October 2012, rendering it unusable. PWP filed an insurance claim and received a settlement of approximately $7.8 million.

After evaluating the options on putting the unit back into action, PWP said repairing the unit could cost between $9.9 million and $13.3 million. PWP has also obtained a permit to construct from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

PWP also looked at other alternatives, including battery storage and upgrading the transmission system, but determined repairing the unit would be the best option considering performance, cost and implementation time.

A storage battery of equivalent size would use up 10 times more space, cost almost four times more and only have a limited amount of energy before requiring a recharge, PWP said. Transmission upgrades, on the other hand, would cost about $200 million and could take over 10 years to complete, aside from requiring extensive construction work.

PWP engaged the services of consulting firm Black and Veatch which analyzed the proposal and reported in October that repairing the GT-2 would be PWP’s best long-term resource option.

PWP said it has submitted a new application to construct which the South Coast Air Quality Management District would review. Once this is approved, the PWP would recommend a qualified vendor to repair the GT-2.

To complete a final draft of the 2018 IRP, PWP is expected to hire a consultant to help. By the spring and summer of 2018, public comment would be solicited and the draft could be submitted to the City Council by December 2018.

Moreover, the City’s Department of Public Works will report on Pasadena’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan (ZWP) during the Municipal Services Committee meeting. The ZWP was adopted by the City Council in 2014.

The plan contains 19 initiatives towards achieving zero waste by 2040.

For fiscal year 2018, the Public Works plan to implement such programs as executing the polystyrene ban, mandatory commercial organic recycling, public area recycling and issuing a Request for Proposal for a new waste processing facility.

The Municipal Services Committee meeting starts at 4 p.m and would be held in the City Council chambers at City Hall.





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