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Anaheim officially opens new power plant

The state-of-the-art facility is capable of powering more than half the city

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: March 08, 2012 01:45 PM

Anaheim Public Utilities and city officials met earlier this week to dedicate Anaheim’s first power plant. The 200-megawatt natural gas facility will save money by producing local power, which would otherwise cost the city up to $7 million annually.

“By creating this power locally, our Anaheim residents and businesses will continue to receive the benefits of the lowest electric rates in Orange County, making Anaheim a stronger and more resilient place to live,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.

The Canyon Power Plant project was completed last fall and is capable of producing enough electricity for more than 150,000 residences, more than half of Anaheim’s population.

“I am very proud of the team whose vision and foresight brought a power plant of this size and complexity to fruition,” said Marcie Edwards, Anaheim Public Utilities’ general manager. “This facility was built not only with innovative technology and sustainable features, it will also provide secure, reliable power to our Anaheim community.”

The plant’s design incorporates a number of high-efficiency and energy-conserving features, and the utilities board hopes that it will earn a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program certifies buildings that are designed and built to be sustainable in both construction and operation.  

Among its design aspects, the plant has solar panels and drought-resistant landscaping, in addition to a ventilation and cooling system that implements thermal energy storage technology for air circulation. The plant also relies on recycled water from the local Groundwater Replenishment System to cool its four turbines.

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