LAKE VIEW TERRACE, Calif., August 14, 2001 – When city officials flip the switch before hundreds of onlookers, ten rows of high-tech microturbines will come to life with five gas flare tanks towering in the background at the Lopez Canyon Landfill in California.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, along with several local and environmental officials, will dedicate a 1.5-MW landfill gas-powered microturbine facility Thursday.
Alex Padilla, President of the Los Angeles City Council, Dr. William Burke, the Governing Board Chair of South Coast Air Quality Management District, Tim Carmichael, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Clean Air, actor Ed Begley, Jr. and LADWP General Manager David Wiggs will mark the official startup of the new power plant, which will run on landfill gas from Lopez Canyon Landfill.
The ceremony will highlight the use of alternative, untapped energy which can help free California from both the need for outside energy sources and fossil fuels that are detrimental to the environment.
The system works by harnessing, treating and compressing landfill gas via an extensive piping network. The gas is then funneled to miniature jet engines called microturbines. The microturbines spin rapidly and create electricity.
The energy is non-polluting and the machinery requires no lubricants or coolants. The use of this gas to create clean energy will remove the pollution equivalent of 500 cars from Los Angeles roadways.
The project entails the use of 50 microturbines that produce 30 kilowatts each for a total of 1.5 megawatts. Joined with the existing 6-megawatt plant, the project will produce enough electricity to power 7,500 homes.