Glendale Water and Power (GWP) is proposing to rebuild and expand its gas plant at the site of the old Grayson facility near San Fernando Rd. and Flower St about a mile from downtown Glendale.
The proposal will replace most of an aging facility built between the 1940s and 2000s. It will add additional gas generation capacity resulting in a net generation capacity increase of 77 MW.
The expansion will cost $500million plus interest over 30 years.This will be funded through a city bond issue and will become a binding financial obligation of the City of Glendale (and hence Glendale ratepayers)
We are asking the City to do what LADWP has just done – put the CEQA process on temporary hold and commission an independent study of clean energy alternatives.
History of the Grayson Expansion
Glendale hired Pace Global, a division of gas turbine maker Siemens, to write the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan which recommends building a new larger plant with several new Siemens gas turbines.
The city hired Stantec to do the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and additional project managment. Stantec is famous for doing the design and installation for the Keystone Pipeline. None of the main engineers working on the EIR had experience with renewable energy.
Stantec comes out with Draft EIR and has two public meetings.
The second one was for the public only and wasn’t recorded.
Between the two meetings, 75 Glendale citizens showed up to comment. There were no comments from anyone supporting the EIR
The public comment period ends November 20th, 2017
The future of the Grayson Expansion
After the public comment period, Stantec will write responses to the comments received and finalize the document
The finalized EIR will be given to the Glendale Water and Power Commission for review sometime in January. The Commission will review and vote on their recommendation of the project to Glendale City Council
The Glendale City Council will review the EIR, the recommendation of the Commission and then vote to certify the finale EIR. This does not mean that they approve the project just that the EIR is complete
The Glendale City Council will next vote on starting the Grayson Expansion project. This could happen as soon as January or as late as May.