EL CENTRO â€“ The Imperial Irrigation District held their Repower Project dedication ceremony Tuesday, November 27th, for the El Centro Generating Station Unit 3.
The $250 million project is a nominally rated 140 megawatt natural gas fired, combined cycle project. The El Centro Unit 3 increases IIDâ€™s generation capacity, overall system reliability, and fuel efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project is central to IIDâ€™s long term strategic plan to identify and serve the growing energy needs of the utility and its 145,000 customers in Imperial County and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties.
Repowering involves replacing or substantially upgrading a power plant with state of the art technology to improve efficiency and environmental performance. The El Centro Unit 3 is equipped with the best available control technology to manage air pollution emissions and consumes one third of the water than the original unit on a per megawatt basis. The repowered unit will also be 45 percent more fuel efficient than the original unit.
The ceremony featured guest speakers such as California Assemblyman Manuel Perez, IID General Manager Kevin Kelley, and IID Board of Directors President John Pierre Menvielle.
Construction on the project began August, 2010. El Centro Unit 3 went into commercial operation on October 5, 2012.
IID is the third largest public power provider in California, managing more than 1,000 MW of energy derived from a number of resources, including natural gas, coal, fuel oil, hydro, and nuclear. IID plans to integrate renewable energy into its mix generated from solar, biomass, and geothermal resources.[nggallery id=9]