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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 31, 2010 9A Rural electric co-op opens cogeneration plant Final testing and commis- sioning of Plumas-Sierra Rur- al Electric Cooperative's High Sierra Cogeneration Power Plant at the High Desert State Prison and California Correc- tional Center, east of Su- sanville, was completed in March. Completion of the power plant is a step toward indepen- dence from the volatile and ex- pensive California power mar- ket for PSREC members. The 6-megawatt High Sierra Cogeneration installation will supply up to 20 percent of PSREC's energy needs and is PSREC's first solely-owned electrical generation venture. In addition, the facility will reduce transmission losses, provide voltage support, allow for additional load growth, and increase the stability and reliability of PSREC's entire system. PSREC's High Sierra Cogen- eration installation is the first utility-owned cogeneration fa- cility in California. PSREC gets most of its pow- er from the California power market. PSREC's primary point of connection to the pow- er grid is in Quincy, where Pa- cific Gas and Electric delivers power from the California In- dependent System Operator to the PSREC system. The PG&E system is in rough terrain and subject to outages. The PSREC system is 120 miles long, with a signifi- cant portion of its load at the end of the lines. That configuration strained the system and could have prevented additional growth, which would have resulted in higher rates without the High Sierra Cogeneration facility. PSREC worked with EM- COR Energy Services to de- sign and build the project. Construction began in Janu- ary 2009. The expertise of local contractors, such as Joy Engi- neering, Kunsman Fence, White Cap Ready Mix, Crete- craft Construction, Miller's Custom Work, Almanor Ener- gy, NST Engineering and Pee Wee Enterprises, was also em- ployed for this project. In addition to the revenue the contractors and their crews spent at Susanville businesses while on the job, the project has continuing eco- nomic benefits for the entire region. Lassen County will see an increased tax base from the facility. The new facility consists of two 3-MW natural gas engines and is a cogeneration system, because it generates electrici- ty and uses otherwise wasted heat from the engines to sup- ply hot water to the CCC and High Desert prisons, replacing older, less efficient boilers. By taking advantage of the excess thermal energy to heat the domestic water supplies for the institutions, the combined heat and power facility is not only more efficient, but also provides overall reductions in local greenhouse gas emissions. That allows PSREC to re- ceive credit for the emissions reductions, which will help re- duce the cost of compliance with pending state and federal climate change regulations. The High Sierra Cogenera- tion Power Plant is not PSREC's first groundbreaking endeavor. PSREC is the small- est transmission utility in the The Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative's board of directors (from left) Ole Olsen, Dan Kenney, Bill Robinson, Mike Moore, Dave Roberti and Tom Hammond stand in front of one of the engines at the group's new cogeneration power plant near Su- sanville. Photos by Greg Lohn/courtesy Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative United States serving between control areas. With its Marble Substation, it can switch from the PG&E system to the Sierra i:::!:i :::?i: Pacific Power Company sys- tem during outages, and im- port power from less expen- sive markets to the east. PSREC has reliably deliv- ered electricity to northeast- ern California since 1937. It prides itself on being an inno- vative provider of electric and telecommunication services; and an active member of the communities it serves. The High Sierra Cogeneration Power Plant in Susanville provides power to the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative system and uses the waste heat from its engines to heat water for the High Desert State Prison and the California Correctional Center. Two 3-megawatt Jenbacher natural gas engines power the new High Sierra Cogeneration Pow- er Plant, which will supply up to 20 percent of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative's energy needs. Manual & Aquatic Therapy Orthopedic & Sports Injuries Post-surgical Rehabilitation * Sciatica Program PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 Quincy's Premier Health Club CorneJoin Us ... Great, Flaee, Great, geeult,e Mon.-Thurs.: 5am-9pm Friday: 5am-7pm Sat & Sun.: 9am-12pm 336 CresCent S, .y 283-2255 sl,O00 RE ARD for information leading to the identification of the person who shot Molly. Molly was in my yard on Redberg Ave. in East Quincy on Thursday, February 18, when about 11:00am, she was shot and killed. 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