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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

slide2

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
slide4

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
slide7

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
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.
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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