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Sixteen Agencies Team for Regional Biosolids Solution

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  1. Sixteen Agencies Team for Regional Biosolids Solution Natalie Sierra San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Northwest Biosolids Management Association Conference Stevenson, WA : September 2011

  2. The country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. America can be the 21st century clean energy leader by harnessing the power of alternative and renewable energy, ending our addiction to foreign oil, addressing the global climate crisis, and creating millions of new jobs that can’t be shipped overseas. President Barack Obama

  3. Biosolids – How Much? • 7.2 million metric tons of “dry solids” produced in the USA annually • (156,000 dry-tons generated in San Francisco Bay Area) • Nearly 80% Northern California biosolids reused: • Daily landfill cover • Soil amendment on agricultural fields

  4. Challenges to Industry: • Current biosolids management in the San Francisco Bay Area may not be sustainable: • 20% projected population increase by 2030 • Limited landfill capacity • Longer hauling distances • Increasing costs (current range $45-$90 per wet ton) • State and Federal Regulations: • Increasing restrictions on current practices – land application and ADC • Local Restrictions: • Solano County Ordinance • San Joaquin AQMD Rule 4565 (Biosolids eliminated as ADC; incorporation within 3 hours – currently 24 hours) • Kern County initiative

  5. NEVADA AZ MEXICO DEL NORTE DEL NORTE Biosolids Land Application in California SISKIYOU MODOC SHASTA LASSEN HUMBOLDT TRINITY HUMBOLDT TEHAMA PLUMAS GLENN BUTTE SIERRA COLUSA MENDOCINO NEVADA YUBA MENDOCINO PLACER Status of County Ordinances LAKE SUTTER EL DORADO SONOMA YOLO NAPA AMADOR ALPINE SACRAMENTO SOLANO CALAVERAS MARIN CONTRACOSTA SAN JOAQUIN TUOLUMNE MONO SF SAN FRANCISCO STANISLAUS MARIPOSA ALAMEDA Ban on All Land Application SAN MATEO SANTA CLARA MERCED MADERA SANTA CRUZ FRESNO INYO Practical Ban SAN BENITO TULARE MONTEREY Ban on Class B KINGS SAN LUIS OBISPO KERN Class B Land Application Allowed SAN BERNARDINO SANTA BARBARA VENTURA Developing Ordinances LOS ANGELES RIVERSIDE No Regulations/Ordinances Enacted ORANGE SAN DIEGO IMPERIAL

  6. State and Federal Initiatives - Opportunities • Climate Change / Greenhouse Gas • Carbon Footprint – AB32 • Federal Initiatives • Potential GHG Credits • Energy • Fossil Fuels - Reduced Reliance • Renewable Energy Sources – Credits • Potential for state/federal grants

  7. The energy potential contained in wastewater and biosolids exceeds by at least five times the energy used to treat it. Water Environment Research Foundation (April, 2009)

  8. BAB2E Coalition • 16 San Francisco Bay Area agencies • Over 2 million residents • Seeking local, sustainable solution to biosolids management • Maximize state and federal support • Honor environmental and community needs • Unprecedented collaborative approach

  9. Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Project • Convert low-value biosolids into high-value energy products • Diversify options for managing biosolids • Minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint • Maximize potential for federal and state financial assistance • Innovation - Net Energy

  10. Process Thermodynamics

  11. The Regional Approach • Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement • Cost Sharing for Consultant Services • Lobbyists • Engineering and Environmental Services • Other Supporting Services • Decision-Making: Steering Committee • Lead Agency - Delta Diablo Sanitation District • Monthly Meetings

  12. “On The Table…” • State of the Art Technology • Reliability • Air Quality • EPA definition of Biosolids • Community Benefits • Public Opinion /Education • State and Federal Partnerships

  13. Project Development Activities • Selection Process - Completed Request for Qualifications; RFP in early 2012 • Demonstration Project 2011-2012 • Advocacy Efforts Ongoing - Through federal and state lobbyists • Establish Legal Structure to contract for Regional Facility - Fall-Winter 2011-12

  14. Selection ProcessDevelopment Team & Technology • Request for Qualifications • Submittals from 16 teams from around the world • Wide Range of Technologies were Proposed • Three Teams Short-listed • Range of technologies & options • Innovative approaches

  15. Selection ProcessDevelopment Team & Technology • Synagro – Dryer using waste heat from landfill gas generators, dried product to biomass generating plant • MaxWest - Dryer and Gasifier – Excess heat from other fuel sources • Intellergy – Steam/CO2 reforming process to produce electricity, utilizing fuel cells, and hydrogen gas.

  16. Short-List after Interviews

  17. Demonstration ProjectSteam/CO2 Reforming Technology • Intellergy Corporation, Richmond CA • $1 Million California Energy Commission grant received • Size: 7 Dry-Ton-Per-Day, skid-mounted, (approx 50x70 ft area) • Biosolids supply: Material from Coalition agencies • Duration: 6 months operation, 12-15 months with preliminary work, testing, reporting • WERF Peer Review Panel – independent oversight

  18. Community Engagement Program • Successful outreach campaign = successful project • Educate, engage and secure support from all stakeholder groups • Targeted strategies across all stages of project • Creating trust and building credibility • BAB2E Communications Sub-Committee

  19. The media reports… • “The project is regarded as the biggest of its kind in the US.” • “… could help create an endless supply of green renewable energy.” • “With the right technology, more of it (methane) could be reclaimed. There could be enough to convert the methane to more electricity, perhaps even enough for an agency to sell it to nearby customers and create fuel for trucks.”

  20. Advocacy and Funding • Project Delivery Method and Partnerships will influence • Public-Private Partnership • State and Federal Grants Potential • Renewable Energy Credit Potential

  21. Summary • Leading Edge Project • State and Federal Initiatives • Proactive Approach • Regional Cooperation • Environmental Benefits • Community Benefits • Energy Benefits • Public Engagement • Sustainable Management and Cost Control

  22. Questions ?? Caroline Quinn, Project Manager carolineq@ddsd.org - or - 925.756.1928 Angela Lowrey, Media Inquiries angelal@ddsd.org –or – 925.756.1945 www.bayareabiosolids.com