San Jose: Media Advisory: Capital Improvement Program at San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility reaches new milestone despite pandemic
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Jennie Loft, Public Information Officer, Environmental Services
408-250-2974; jennie.loft@sanjoseca.gov

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Visuals:Video about the Cogeneration Facility project


Photo of the new Cogeneration Facility
What:Ribbon-cutting for new Cogeneration Facility at San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

When:Feb. 11, 2021, at 4 p.m. The event will take place at the beginning of the regularly scheduled Treatment Plant Advisory Committee (TPAC) meeting.

Where:The event will be held virtually. To participate, please RSVP to jennie.loft@sanjoseca.gov
Who:
  • Sam Liccardo, City of San José Mayor and TPAC Chair
  • Kathy Watanabe, City of Santa Clara Councilmember and TPAC Vice Chair
  • Kerrie Romanow, City of San José Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of Environmental Services
  • Members of TPAC
Who:The cities of San José and Santa Clara and TPAC members are celebrating the completion of a new Cogeneration Facility project with a virtual ribbon-cutting. The four-year design-build project is a major milestone of the $1.4 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to modernize the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF). The RWF is the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the western United States and has been operating uninterrupted since 1956.

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Overcoming pandemic-related challenges, such as conducting final testing of the equipment virtually with vendor technicians in Germany, the CIP team successfully delivered the $114 million Cogeneration Facility project, upgrading the RWF's energy and heat production. Using a combination of biogas, which occurs naturally during wastewater treatment, and natural gas, four new engine generators will produce up to 12.5 megawatts of electricity to help power the RWF. The project replaces existing cogeneration engines, worn out from nonstop use over 35 years.

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