One of the largest renewable energy organizations in the United States has offered its “support and assistance” in connection with the approval of a power plant that will be fueled by natural gas.
VERNON, California – The proposed Nueva Azalea plant would be operated by Sunlaw Energy Partners and would be the cleanest fuel burning plant in the United States when it is built in South Gate. The facility is pending approval from the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). “We have a particular interest in seeing the Nueva Azalea issue resolved in a timely fashion because the project would be the first application of the innovative SCONOx(TM) technology on a large power plant, says John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies (CEERT). “We believe this technology represents a real advance in technology to achieve extremely low levels of both oxides of nitrogen and particulates while at the same time eliminating the use of ammonia and the generation of hazardous wastes.” “We are pleased and very proud to have the support of CEERT in seeing the Nueva Azalea Electricity Plant issues resolved in timely fashion,” adds Michael Levin of Sunlaw Energy. “This is an organization that has emerged as a compelling force on behalf of clean, renewable energy resources and energy efficiency measures in key policy debates locally and nationally.” CEERT is a non-profit organization that works to support renewable energy technologies and clean power generation. Its directors come from environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, California League of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Defense Fund. “Californians are tired of bearing the burden for the rising cost of electricity while being held hostage to the large out-of-state energy providers,” adds Levin. “Once complete, the Nueva Azalea Electric Plant will be able to provide relief for the residents of South Gate and Downey by providing clean, efficient and predictable electricity at lower rates.” Nueva Azalea’s fuel efficiency and super clean emissions technology represent a critical step for the Los Angeles Basin. Despite growing demand for electricity, the region has installed only one major power plant in the last 25 years, and most plants currently use outdated technology and create unfavorable emissions. The Nueva Azalea plant will replace a diesel facility, providing better overall health benefits to the community. SCAQMD and health experts have identified diesel emissions as a major contributor to health and respiratory problems for local residents. The endorsement by CEERT is expected to expedite the certification process.