PALMDALE – The Palmdale Recycled Water Authority (PRWA) board Wednesday night approved a resolution to support the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant project, city officials announced today.
The resolution passed with four yes votes, with Director Kathy Mac Laren being absent. Director Mac Laren’s support statement was read into the record by Authority Counsel Matthew Ditzhazy.
Among the reasons the Board’s resolution cited for its support of the project included the intense study and scrutiny the project underwent, the approval of both the California Energy Commission and United States Environmental Protection Agency, the 1:3 to 1 emission reduction credits the project will produce, the 800 construction jobs and 35 permanent jobs, and the millions of dollars in tax and sales revenue.
“As a past Palmdale Planning Commissioner, I was well educated on all aspects of this project and feel certain that it would be beneficial for our City and region and is a very safe project,” said PRWA Board member Kathy Mac Laren. “We need this project to move forward especially now with the uncertainty to the grid caused by the closure of San Onofre.”
In a Board Memorandum, PRWA’s Assistant Executive Director Mike Mischel wrote, “In addition to the multiple benefits this project will bring to the Antelope Valley, the project will pay for the construction of a large portion of the Antelope Valley Recycled Water Project backbone at a cost of approximately $20 million which will benefit the entire region. The PHPP will construct approximately 1,800 feet of 36-inch water line at the Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant that will supply the pump station that will feed the PHPP and the PRWA’s future pump station for its entire service area. The PHPP will also provide the grading and site preparation for the PRWA’s pump station. The recycled water backbone that the PHPP will install will also provide redundancy between the Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant and the Palmdale Water Reclamation Plant, hence providing the PRWA with additional redundancy.”
“This is a $20 million dollar benefit that is paid for by the plant owner—not the taxpayer,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “It connects the two cities and brings reclaimed water to the west valley without the ratepayers footing the bill.”
Mischel’s report continued by stating, “The PHPP has been thoroughly vetted, having undergone one of the most extensive environmental review processes in the nation. Both the CEC and EPA have concluded there are no environmental concerns. The PHPP is in full compliance with all State and Federal health and air quality regulations.
The PRWA is the latest group to endorse the Palmdale Power Plant. Other notable supporters include the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAECD), State Senator Steve Knight, Assemblymember Steve Fox, Board of Equalization Member George Runner, Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, A.V. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, A.V. African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.
Read the PWRA resolution supporting the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant project here.
(Information via press release from the city of Palmdale.)
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