State Updates, June 2012
First-ever solar facility to be built on state land in Arizona
PHOENIX — Arizona’s State Land Department and Arizona Public Service Co. Are working in coordination to build the first-ever solar project on Arizona State Trust lands. Nearly 400 acres in Yuma County will soon be home to the 35-megawatt APS Foothills Solar Plant. The cost to APS for a 35-year lease on the land is $10 million, which will go primarily to help fund Arizona public education.
The unprecedented decision to build this project on state land supports Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer’s goals to facilitate and encourage renewable energy and economic development in Arizona.
“This collaboration furthers our ongoing efforts to establish Arizona as a global leader in renewable energy,” said Gov. Brewer. “The project will bring quality solar jobs to Arizona and dollars to support our state’s public schools — all while utilizing Arizona’s most abundant resource, the sun, to generate clean and renewable energy.”
The Foothills Solar Plant will have a capacity of 35 megawatts, or enough to power 8,750 Arizona homes. All the electricity produced from this facility will be used to serve local Yuma residents.
For more information, visit www.aps. com or call (602) 250-2277.
Bloom Energy builds new manufacturing center in Newark, Del.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Bloom Energy broke ground on a new Bloom Energy Manufacturing Center in Newark, Del. Located on the 272-acre site formerly occupied by a Chrysler assembly plant, and now owned by the University of Delaware, the Bloom Energy Manufacturing Center is expected to bring hundreds of 21st century manufacturing jobs to the region.
“This factory should give hundreds of new employees a chance to put their energy into manufacturing products that will power homes and businesses across the East Coast,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “It will combine the legacy of quality construction that marked the site for decades under Chrysler with a new legacy of research and innovation that will emerge from the University’s new Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus. Some of the nation’s largest companies have turned to Bloom to serve their energy needs. We’re excited to see Bloom turning to Delaware to build those servers.”
For more information, visit www.Bloomenergy.com or call (408) 543-1500.
Waste-to-energy plant to be built in West Palm Beach, Fla.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Babcock & Wilcox Co.’s (B&W) subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc. (B&W PGG), has received full notice to proceed (FNTP) for the engineering, design, procurement and construction of a waste-to-energy power plant and environmental control equipment for the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The new waste-to-energy facility will be located adjacent to SWA’s existing plant, Renewable Energy Facility No. 1, and will be capable of processing 3,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day to produce electricity and significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to the county’s landfill. The plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in spring 2015.
For more information, visit www.Babock.com or call (330) 860-1345.
Eco-Energy to develop ethanol unit train facility in Atlanta
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Eco- Energy Holdings Inc. is developing an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Atlanta market area.
The ethanol unit train terminal will be capable of distributing more than 400,000 barrels (16. 8 million gallons) per month through the use of its automated loading system and will offer 24 hours a day, seven days a week product access to its terminal customers. The facility will be equipped to receive up to 96 rail car unit trains via the CSX railroad and will have approximately 200,000 barrels (8.4 million gallons) of ethanol tank storage.
Operations at the site are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2013.
“We are excited about this addition to our ethanol unit train offering,” said Gwaine Ton, CFO and COO of Eco-Energy. “Atlanta is a growing market and this project reflects our continued investment in delivering optimal low-cost supply chain solutions to biofuel producers and end users. We also intend to further develop the site to service other industrial related businesses seeking longer-term supply chain solutions.”
For more information, visit www.ecoenergyinc. com or call (615) 778-2898.
Evanston, Ill., residents to receive low-cost, green energy
CHICAGO — Constellation Energy has been selected to supply the city of Evanston, Ill., with low-cost electricity and green energy following a competitive bidding process under the city’s electricity choice aggregation program.
“We are very pleased to be selected by Evanston, a city known as a leader among Illinois municipalities for its strong city government, high standards and rigorous reviews to ensure citizens receive the highest quality services,” said Bruce Stewart, chief marketing officer for Constellation.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, “I am pleased Evanston residents have directed the city to move forward with electricity aggregation. In addition to providing cost savings, our aggregation program is an opportunity to secure cleaner, green power for our community and support the goals of the Evanston Climate Action Plan to reduce our emissions by 13 percent by the end of 2012.”
Constellation will supply 100-percent renewable energy to Evanston by purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind energy generated in Illinois or adjacent states. RECs represent the environmental benefit of electricity generated by wind and therefore avoid carbon dioxide emissions.
For more information, visit www.Constellation.com or call (410) 470-9700.
New liquefaction facility to be developed in Hackberry, La.
SAN DIEGO — A Sempra Energy SRE unit, Cameron LNG, has signed commercial development agreements with Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. To develop and construct a natural gas liquefaction export facility at the site of Cameron LNG receipt terminal in Hackberry, La.
The commercial development agreements bind the parties to fund all development expenses, including design, permitting and engineering, as well as to negotiate 20-year tolling agreements, based on agreedupon terms outlined in the commercial development agreements.
The completed liquefaction facility is expected to be comprised of three liquefaction trains with a total export capability of 12 million tons per year of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day. Construction on the project is expected to start in late 2013 with operations to commence in late 2016.
For more information, visit www.Sempra.com or call (619) 696-2000.
Blueknight to construct 65-mile pipeline in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY — Blueknight Energy Partners LP (BKEP) plans to construct a crude oil pipeline as part of a long-term transportation agreement with XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp.
In connection with the agreement, BKEP will construct a 65-mile pipeline from southern Oklahoma to Wynnewood, Okla., where it will intersect with an existing BKEP pipeline. The pipeline will transport committed XTO crude oil production from the Woodford Shale area in southern Oklahoma to BKEP’s crude oil terminal in Cushing, Okla.
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to provide XTO with an efficient and reliable way to transport their crude oil production from the Woodford Shale to the market hub in Cushing,” said J. Michael Cockrell, president and chief operating officer of BKEP. “The new pipeline and associated infrastructure represents a significant expansion of our Oklahoma mainline system and positions the company to pursue additional crude oil transportation opportunities throughout southern Oklahoma.”
BKEP expects construction of the new pipeline and associated enhancements to its Oklahoma mainline system to begin this quarter with completion targeted early-mid 2013 at an approximate total cost of $37 million.
For more information, visit www.Bkep.com or call (405) 278-6400.
Air Liquide starts new SMR in La Porte, Texas HOUSTON — Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP has started up its new Steam Methane Reformer (SMR) in La Porte, Texas, just east of Houston.
The 120-million standard cubic feet per day of gaseous hydrogen produced by the SMR will feed into the company’s pipeline system along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the recently built 85-mile pipeline expansion to supply refineries in Port Arthur, Texas. Hydrogen is used in the oil refining process to convert heavy crude oil into clean burning transportation fuels and petrochemical feed stocks.
Michael Graff, president and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings Inc., expressed appreciation to employees and all construction personnel for more than 1. 2 million safe, injury-free work hours on the project.
“In 2009, in the midst of one of the most difficult economic downturns our country has faced, Air Liquide made the strategic decision to move forward with this major investment, utilizing Air Liquide’s proprietary technology, recognizing the long-term need for hydrogen to promote and enable continued growth along the Gulf Coast,” Graff said.
For more information, visit www.Airliquide.com or call (713) 624-8594.
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