Is the Anaheim Sustainability Project needed?
Yes. AB 1826 requires jurisdictions to arrange for recycling of food waste and organic material. The Anaheim Sustainability Center will provide the City of Anaheim with the infrastructure required to comply with the State’s mandate to divert and recycle organic materials from our local landfills. In addition, AB 32 mandates that electric utilities, like the City of Anaheim, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the State reach 1990 emission levels by 2020 – about a 25% reduction from current levels. The Anaheim Sustainability Center anticipates an overall reduction of approximately 50,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to taking approximately 10,500 vehicles off the road.
Who will purchase the power produced?
The Anaheim Sustainability Center will provide 4 megawatts (MW) of renewable electric energy to Anaheim Public Utilities for 20 years from the start of commercial operation, which is expected to be September 2017.
How will the Anaheim Sustainability Center be funded?
The project is being entirely funded by Anaergia, Inc., a global leader in offering sustainable solutions for the generation of renewable energy and the conversion of waste to resources.
Where will the Anaheim Sustainability Center be located?
The project is located at 1300 North Lakeview Avenue in the City of Anaheim. This location is ideal due to the close proximity to Republic Services, which will provide the organic material for the digestion process.
Will the Anaheim Sustainability Center be subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review process?
Yes, the project will go through a thorough CEQA environmental review process, including a comprehensive review of aesthetics, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic, air quality and noise impacts.
Will the public have an opportunity to comment on the Anaheim Sustainability Center?
Yes, the public will have several opportunities to provide comments on the Anaheim Sustainability Center at various community meetings. Additional opportunities include a public comment period and a public hearing during the City of Anaheim’s Planning Department review process.
When is construction expected to begin on the Anaheim Sustainability Center?
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2016. Construction hours are anticipated to occur between 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction activities will be evaluated and any potential construction mitigation efforts will be identified as part of the City of Anaheim’s Planning Department review process.
How many jobs will be created by the Anaheim Sustainability Center?
The Anaheim Sustainability Center will employ approximately 10 full time operations staff and 8 full time truck driving staff on a permanent basis. This is in addition to the initial estimate of 20 full time employees Republic Services may add to support the project.¹ Construction of the project is likely to create up to 50 construction jobs and will create 10 engineering and design jobs during the initial planning and design phase. (¹estimate of Republic’s staffing needs based on Preliminary Design dated August 2015)