Tenn. company to construct large biomass facility at SRS

May 25 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Aiken Standard, S.C.

 The U.S. Department of Energy has tasked Ameresco Federal
 Solutions Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., with the department's largest
 Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to construct one of the
> largest biomass facilities in the country at the Savannah River Site.
> The $795 million project replaces a deteriorating, inefficient
> coal powerhouse and oil-fired boilers at a savings of approximately
> $34 million a year in energy and operation and maintenance costs and
> reduces air emissions, including 100,000 tons per year of greenhouse
> gas emissions.
> DOE's Office of Environmental Management brokered the ESPC
> agreement that makes a significant contribution to the Department's
> Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) goal of reducing
> energy intensity by 30 percent and water intensity by 16 percent by
> the end of fiscal year 2015.
> This effort will create 200 to 250 construction jobs and employ a
> staff of 20 people to operate the facility.
> ESPCs are contracts in which private companies finance, install
> and maintain new energy- and water-efficient equipment in federal
> facilities.
> The government pays no up-front cost, therefore saving taxpayer
> dollars.
> Ameresco is constructing a steam cogeneration plant and
> installing two steam boilers and will be reimbursed from actual cost
> savings generated during the 15-year debt service payback period.
> The energy savings will result from replacement of the Site's
> inefficient D Area Powerhouse with a high-tech biomass facility, fuel
> switching -- coal to biomass, and improved operational efficiencies
> with new equipment better matched to SRS' load requirements.
> "This project demonstrates the department's commitment to design
> and constructing facilities that promote clean, efficient operations,"
> said
> Jeffrey Allison, DOE Savannah River Operations office manager.
> "Awarding
> this contract allows the Savannah River Site to move forward in
> implementing energy improvements that provide significant public
> health and environmental benefits and real energy and cost savings to
> the Department of Energy."
> After the contract ends, all additional and continuing cost
> savings accrue to DOE. Construction of the cogeneration facility is
> anticipated to start in August, and it should be operational by
> December 2011.