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Sixteen Agencies Team for Regional Biosolids Solution. Natalie Sierra San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Northwest Biosolids Management Association Conference Stevenson, WA : September 2011. The country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century.

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Sixteen agencies team for regional biosolids solution

Sixteen Agencies Team for Regional Biosolids Solution

Natalie Sierra

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Northwest Biosolids Management Association Conference

Stevenson, WA : September 2011


Sixteen agencies team for regional biosolids solution

The country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century.

America can be the 21st century clean energy leader by harnessing the power of alternative and renewable energy, ending our addiction to foreign oil, addressing the global climate crisis, and creating millions of new jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.

President Barack Obama


Biosolids how much

Biosolids – How Much?

  • 7.2 million metric tons of “dry solids” produced in the USA annually

    • (156,000 dry-tons generated in San Francisco Bay Area)

  • Nearly 80% Northern California biosolids reused:

    • Daily landfill cover

    • Soil amendment on agricultural fields


  • Sixteen agencies team for regional biosolids solution

    Challenges to Industry:

    • Current biosolids management in the San Francisco Bay Area may not be sustainable:

      • 20% projected population increase by 2030

      • Limited landfill capacity

      • Longer hauling distances

      • Increasing costs (current range $45-$90 per wet ton)

    • State and Federal Regulations:

      • Increasing restrictions on current practices – land application and ADC

    • Local Restrictions:

      • Solano County Ordinance

      • San Joaquin AQMD Rule 4565 (Biosolids eliminated as ADC; incorporation within 3 hours – currently 24 hours)

      • Kern County initiative


    Biosolids land application in california

    NEVADA

    AZ

    MEXICO

    DEL NORTE

    DEL NORTE

    Biosolids Land Application in California

    SISKIYOU

    MODOC

    SHASTA

    LASSEN

    HUMBOLDT

    TRINITY

    HUMBOLDT

    TEHAMA

    PLUMAS

    GLENN

    BUTTE

    SIERRA

    COLUSA

    MENDOCINO

    NEVADA

    YUBA

    MENDOCINO

    PLACER

    Status of County Ordinances

    LAKE

    SUTTER

    EL DORADO

    SONOMA

    YOLO

    NAPA

    AMADOR

    ALPINE

    SACRAMENTO

    SOLANO

    CALAVERAS

    MARIN

    CONTRACOSTA

    SAN JOAQUIN

    TUOLUMNE

    MONO

    SF

    SAN FRANCISCO

    STANISLAUS

    MARIPOSA

    ALAMEDA

    Ban on All Land Application

    SAN

    MATEO

    SANTA CLARA

    MERCED

    MADERA

    SANTA

    CRUZ

    FRESNO

    INYO

    Practical Ban

    SAN BENITO

    TULARE

    MONTEREY

    Ban on Class B

    KINGS

    SAN LUIS OBISPO

    KERN

    Class B Land Application Allowed

    SAN BERNARDINO

    SANTA BARBARA

    VENTURA

    Developing Ordinances

    LOS

    ANGELES

    RIVERSIDE

    No Regulations/Ordinances Enacted

    ORANGE

    SAN

    DIEGO

    IMPERIAL


    State and federal initiatives opportunities

    State and Federal Initiatives - Opportunities

    • Climate Change / Greenhouse Gas

      • Carbon Footprint – AB32

      • Federal Initiatives

      • Potential GHG Credits

  • Energy

    • Fossil Fuels - Reduced Reliance

    • Renewable Energy Sources – Credits

    • Potential for state/federal grants


  • Sixteen agencies team for regional biosolids solution

    The energy potential contained in wastewater and biosolids exceeds by at least five times the energy used to treat it.

    Water Environment Research Foundation (April, 2009)


    Bab2e coalition

    BAB2E Coalition

    • 16 San Francisco Bay Area agencies

    • Over 2 million residents

    • Seeking local, sustainable solution to biosolids management

    • Maximize state and federal support

    • Honor environmental and community needs

    • Unprecedented collaborative approach


    Bay area biosolids to energy project

    Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Project

    • Convert low-value biosolids into high-value energy products

    • Diversify options for managing biosolids

    • Minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint

    • Maximize potential for federal and state financial assistance

    • Innovation - Net Energy


    Process thermodynamics

    Process Thermodynamics


    The regional approach

    The Regional Approach

    • Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement

    • Cost Sharing for Consultant Services

    • Lobbyists

    • Engineering and Environmental Services

    • Other Supporting Services

    • Decision-Making: Steering Committee

    • Lead Agency - Delta Diablo Sanitation District

    • Monthly Meetings


    On the table

    “On The Table…”

    • State of the Art Technology

    • Reliability

    • Air Quality

    • EPA definition of Biosolids

    • Community Benefits

    • Public Opinion /Education

    • State and Federal Partnerships


    Project development activities

    Project Development Activities

    • Selection Process - Completed Request for Qualifications; RFP in early 2012

    • Demonstration Project 2011-2012

    • Advocacy Efforts Ongoing - Through federal and state lobbyists

    • Establish Legal Structure to contract for Regional Facility - Fall-Winter 2011-12


    Selection process development team technology

    Selection ProcessDevelopment Team & Technology

    • Request for Qualifications

    • Submittals from 16 teams from around the world

    • Wide Range of Technologies were Proposed

    • Three Teams Short-listed

      • Range of technologies & options

      • Innovative approaches


    Selection process development team technology1

    Selection ProcessDevelopment Team & Technology

    • Synagro – Dryer using waste heat from landfill gas generators, dried product to biomass generating plant

    • MaxWest - Dryer and Gasifier – Excess heat from other fuel sources

    • Intellergy – Steam/CO2 reforming process to produce electricity, utilizing fuel cells, and hydrogen gas.


    Short list after interviews

    Short-List after Interviews


    Demonstration project steam co2 reforming technology

    Demonstration ProjectSteam/CO2 Reforming Technology

    • Intellergy Corporation, Richmond CA

    • $1 Million California Energy Commission grant received

    • Size: 7 Dry-Ton-Per-Day, skid-mounted, (approx 50x70 ft area)

    • Biosolids supply: Material from Coalition agencies

    • Duration: 6 months operation, 12-15 months with preliminary work, testing, reporting

    • WERF Peer Review Panel – independent oversight


    Community engagement program

    Community Engagement Program

    • Successful outreach campaign = successful project

    • Educate, engage and secure support from all stakeholder groups

    • Targeted strategies across all stages of project

    • Creating trust and building credibility

    • BAB2E Communications Sub-Committee


    The media reports

    The media reports…

    • “The project is regarded as the biggest of its kind in the US.”

    • “… could help create an endless supply of green renewable energy.”

    • “With the right technology, more of it (methane) could be reclaimed. There could be enough to convert the methane to more electricity, perhaps even enough for an agency to sell it to nearby customers and create fuel for trucks.”


    Advocacy and funding

    Advocacy and Funding

    • Project Delivery Method and Partnerships will influence

    • Public-Private Partnership

    • State and Federal Grants Potential

    • Renewable Energy Credit Potential


    Summary

    Summary

    • Leading Edge Project

    • State and Federal Initiatives

    • Proactive Approach

    • Regional Cooperation

    • Environmental Benefits

    • Community Benefits

    • Energy Benefits

    • Public Engagement

    • Sustainable Management and Cost Control


    Questions

    Questions ??

    Caroline Quinn, Project Manager

    [email protected] - or - 925.756.1928

    Angela Lowrey, Media Inquiries

    [email protected] –or – 925.756.1945

    www.bayareabiosolids.com


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