The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ Veyo Heat Recovery Project in southern Utah is complete and operating, UAMPS has announced. UAMPS held a commissioning ceremony for the Veyo Heat Recovery Project onsite on June 28, 2016.
Seven UAMPS members funded the project and will receive electricity from it, including Kaysville City, Lehi City, Logan City, Santa Clara City, Spring City, Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Washington City.
The 7.8-megawatt project, located close to Veyo in southwestern Utah, is considered to be a carbon-free, renewable-energy project because it generates electricity from heat produced at a Kern River natural gas compression station that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere and wasted. 7.8 megawatts is enough to provide electricity to about 7,800 homes.
The project cost $22.3 million and was constructed by Ormat Technologies, Inc. The Recovered Energy Generation (REG) facility features an air-cooled Ormat Energy Converter at Kern River Gas Transmission’s Veyo natural gas compressor station. UAMPS’ contract with Ormat was signed November 5, 2014, and the Veyo project was brought online May 26, 2016, four months ahead of schedule.
“We’re pleased the Veyo Heat Recovery Project is complete and is delivering reliable, cost-effective, baseload electricity,” said Doug Hunter, general manager of UAMPS. “We are eager to provide this carbon-free source of power to our member utilities participating in the project.”
“We are thrilled to have reached this final milestone four months before the projected finish date with power output higher than spec,” said Isaac Angel, chief executive officer of Ormat. “We applaud UAMPS for adding this clean resource to their portfolio from a heat source that would otherwise have gone to waste.”
In 2009, Utah became one of the first states to recognize the conversion of waste heat to energy as a renewable energy technology and has taken steps to incentivize its development. Since then, Utah has continued to see a wave of new projects across the renewable spectrum, including geothermal and recovered energy generation.
The Veyo project allows unmanned, automatic operation that is remotely monitored. There is no water usage, no fuel consumption, low maintenance and simple operation. The installed footprint is small, with no interference with the natural gas pipeline operation.
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) is a political subdivision of the State of Utah that provides comprehensive wholesale electric-energy, on a nonprofit basis, to community-owned power systems throughout the Intermountain West. The UAMPS membership represents 44 members from Utah, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming.
UAMPS is a project-based organization and presently operates 16 separate projects that provide a variety of power supply, transmission and other services to the members that participate in them. The members make their own elections to participate in UAMPS’ projects and are not obligated to participate in any particular project.