First Urban Municipal Food Waste-to-renewable Energy Facility in U.S.

By XS 4 Greeen:

Columbia Biogas has entered into a Small Generator Interconnection Agreement with PacifiCorp Transmission for interconnection to PacifiCorp’s Killingsworth substation in Northeast Portland. Columbia Biogas will convert commercial food waste to renewable power from its plant on Columbia Boulevard in Northeast Portland. Under the agreement, Columbia Biogas will deliver electrical power to the PacifiCorp system.

PacifiCorp serves 1.7 million retail electric customers in six western states and operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California. “This is another landmark agreement with PacifiCorp,” said John McKinney, president of Columbia Biogas. “We believe we are one of the first municipal food waste-to-energy projects in the United States which is located within an urban industrial setting. We value our partnership with PacifiCorp and look forward to celebrating groundbreaking this fall and beginning commercial operations in late 2013.”

“On behalf of our customers, we are pleased with what this new agreement with Columbia Biogas does for renewable energy generation,” said Pat Egan, vice president of customer and community affairs for Pacific Power, the local utility operation of PacifiCorp. “We appreciate the opportunity to work on this deal together with Columbia Biogas, to bring cost-effective renewable energy to our customers…. Read more


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