LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30 , 2014) — Constellation today announced
that it has signed an agreement with the City of Los Angeles to design, build
and operate a 27-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant at L.A. Sanitation’s
Hyperion Treatment Plant.
Hyperion is among the 10 largest
wastewater treatment facilities in the world, according to a 2012 Engineering News Record report. The
sewage treatment process at Hyperion generates a class 1 renewable fuel known
as digester gas. The new power plant, which will cost approximately $130 million
to construct, will use the digester gas produced at Hyperion as its primary
fuel source. The power plant will produce steam and electricity that will be
used to operate Hyperion’s treatment operations.
“This state-of-the-art facility will
reduce emissions at the Hyperion plant and secure for our city a new energy
source that is reliable, efficient and sustainable,” said Traci Minamide, L.A.
Sanitation’s chief operating officer.
“Constellation is uniquely qualified to
develop and operate this integrated, self-sustaining solution for the City of
Los Angeles and L.A. Sanitation,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, energy
management programs, Constellation. “Our objective is to deliver and operate for
the city a power plant that will become a nationwide model for reliable, cost-efficient,
sustainable power solutions at wastewater treatment facilities.”
L.A. Sanitation selected Constellation
as the project developer after a lengthy competitive bidding process. Constellation
and its subcontractors will develop, construct and operate the co-generation facility
for 10 years, with an option to extend the agreement for five additional years.
Commercial operation of the Hyperion co-generation facility is expected by the
end of 2016.
The Constellation family
of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers (www.constellation.com), are subsidiaries of Exelon
Corp., and are leading competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and
energy products and services for homes and businesses across the
continental United States. Constellation’s retail businesses serve
more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than
two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s
leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5
billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business
activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of
the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000
megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and
lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit
provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and
public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers.
Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million
customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern
As the lead agency for the
City’s environmental programs and initiatives, L.A. Sanitation protects public
health and the environment through the administration and management of three
program areas: Clean Water (Wastewater), Solid Resources (Solid Waste
Management) and Watershed Protection (Stormwater). These infrastructure
programs collect, treat, recycle, and dispose the solid and liquid waste
generated by the nation’s second largest city of more than four million
residents. Through these essential public service programs, Sanitation delivers
a triple bottom line of economic, environmental, and social benefits that
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