PALMDALE – The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) approved the inter-district transfer of offset emission reduction credits (ERCs) to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) for the Palmdale Power Plant at its board meeting held on Monday, Oct. 28 in Victorville.
“As both the San Joaquin and Mojave Air Districts have said, the transfer of air credits encourages industry to make investments in clean air technology that improves air quality,” said Palmdale’s Director of Public Works Mike Mischel. “This also fosters a pro-business climate by allowing new job creating business to take place. Transferring these air credits is really a win-win for everyone.”
“In the case of the Palmdale Power Plant, ERCs are being acquired at a rate of 1:3 to 1, which means it will be taking more emissions offline than it will contribute,” Mischel said. “That method ensures that our air continues to become cleaner and cleaner with each new project and technology.”
“This is all part of the process as the Palmdale Power Plant project moves forward,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “The power plant has been fully approved and permitted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and all that is left is the administrative procedures of transferring the Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs).”
According to the California Health & Safety Code (H&S Code) §40709.6, emissions of air pollutants from a stationary source located within one air district may be offset by emissions reductions credited in another air district under certain circumstances. If the two districts are located in the same air basin then the district where the credits originate is required to determine the type and quantity of the emissions reductions credited (H&S Code §49709.6(b)) and adopt a resolution approving the transfer after taking into consideration the impact of the offset on air quality, public health and the regional economy (H&S code §40709.6(d)).
The power plant was purchased by Summit Power Group LLC, a Seattle, Washington based company that develops all types of energy projects, including carbon capture projects for enhanced oil recovery, natural gas, coal, wind, solar projects and other energy-intensive industrial projects using proven technologies.
The purchase of the project, which includes initial purchase price, development costs, development premium, 50 acres of land, transmission construction cost savings, and potentially additional acreage will bring the City of Palmdale $27.4 million dollars, bring in $5 million dollars annually in products and services; generate $6 million dollars a year in taxes for Los Angeles County; create up to 800 construction jobs and 35 permanent jobs; pave 4 – 6 miles of roads; and pay for a $20 million dollar reclaimed water trunk line which will connect the Lancaster and Palmdale treatment facilities.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale)
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