Energy Success Stories

INVENERGY'S SPINDLE HILL ENERGY CENTER AND SQUIRREL CREEK ENERGY CENTER

Invenergy was awarded a contract for a 250 MW natural gas peaker power plant by Xcel.  The Spindle Hill plant needed to be located in northern Colorado and the Squirrel Creek facility in southern Colorado near an Xcel transmission line with capacity and construction started within 16 months.  AquaSan found the site which had access to a natural gas line and an Xcel transmission line; however, no water and was zoned agricultural.  Project required extensive community interaction and commercial and regulatory negotiations.  Spindle Hill Project was approved and construction started in 11 months.  Squirrel Creek had similar challenges and similar time frame.  Water negotiations required the approval of four water providers and State, and zoning approval required extensive community negotiations and discussions.  Project was approved and water acquired within 13 months.

INVENERGY ENERGY PROJECTS - CALIFORNIA

Invenergy decided that it wanted to do wind and thermal energy development in California and requested AquaSan to help troubled sites and/or develop new sites in California.

LASSEN COUNTY WIND DEVELOPMENT     

Development was stalled due to Planning Commission denial of permit request,  the classification of the project area by the BLM as a view sensitive area, and inability to reach agreement with Lassen County Municipal District for transmission access.  Project required significant community organization, political work in Sacramento and Washington, and economic and environmental analysis for public education.  The Planning Commission approved the project, BLM has accepted the wind turbines in the view shed, and LMUD has approved a Letter of Understanding for use of their transmission lines. 

SAN DIEGO WIND DEVELOPMENT 

Development was stalled due to regulatory approval constraints.  Asked to assist local developer in moving project forward.  Required getting County Supervisor approval for new permitting process and obtaining support of local community leaders and organizations.  Project now has extensive community support and developed strong relationship with indian tribes.  After developing bid, Invenergy has been awarded  a 300 MW project on the Campo Reservation.

FRESNO COUNTY THERMAL DEVELOPMENT

Invenergy wants to develop a 550 MW energy center in Fresno County.  The energy center would require transmission, natural gas, and water.  AquaSan has found and contracted for sites that meet these requirements.  AquaSan also identified customer for the power and a partner for development in Kings River Conservation District.