Pictured from left to right: Gurcharan Bawa, PWP Assistant General Manager, Power Supply; Eric Klinkner, PWP Chief Deputy General Manager; Michael Beck, Pasadena City Manager; Councilmember Margaret McAustin; Julie Gutierrez, Pasadena Assistant City Manager; Councilmember Terry Tornek; Mayor Bill Bogaard; Phyllis Currie, PWP General Manager.
Mayor Bill Bogaard led the Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Glenarm Power Plant Repowering Project or GT5, a program set to provide more reliable and environment-friendly energy source for the city.
Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) General Manager Phyllis Currie and Assistant General ManagerÂ GurcharanÂ Bawa and other city officials were also onsite at the power plant at 4 East State Street to talk about the major project and wax enthusiastically about a project years in the making.
The program consists of replacing a conventional boiler/steam turbine-generating Broadway unit used by the City since 1965 with a new combined cycle unit called GT-5 set, which is expected to reduce the cityâ€™s fuel consumption and emissions, lower the cityâ€™s carbon footprint, and serve as a backup to renewable energy resources.
The new unit is expected to be operational by May or June 2016.
â€œThis project helps us emphasize the importance of locally generated power to Pasadena,” Currie said. “This new unit will be more efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly. Our local power plant has produced electricity for Pasadena residents and businesses for more than 100 years.”
“We are proud to provide this vital service to our community,â€ he added.
The City Council approved last month the lowest bid of $55,661,973 by ARB, Inc. to provide the design and construction of the project.
Visitors were able to tour the power plant during the event.