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Phoenix and Ameresco Break Ground at 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant Biogas ProjectPhoenix and Ameresco Break Ground at 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant Biogas Project<div class="ExternalClass7669DE942CB64FE18199581DAF15832F"><p>​</p><p style="color:#000000;font-size:medium;text-align:center;"><strong style="font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:x-large;"><span class="style3" style="font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Phoenix and Ameresco Break Ground at 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant Biogas Project</span></span></strong></p><p style="color:#000000;font-size:medium;text-align:center;"><em style="font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Sub-Regional Operating Group (SROG) representatives including City Leaders from Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe participated in today’s event</em></p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:verdana;font-size:medium;text-align:center;"><em><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><img src="/waterservicessite/MediaAssets/Biogas%20Facility%20Groundbreaking.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /></span></em></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Ameresco, Inc., a leading renewable energy and energy efficiency company, and the city of Phoenix today hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the start of a multi-million dollar wastewater treatment biogas utilization project at the  91<sup>st</sup> Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Once operational, it is expected to be the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-renewable natural gas facility of its kind in the United States. The attendees at the event heard from a variety of speakers including City leaders and Ameresco representatives.</span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stated, “Making Phoenix more sustainable isn’t just the right thing to do, it is also sparks innovation and creates exciting new economic opportunities. By partnering with Ameresco at our new processing plant, Phoenix is taking previously untapped raw biogas generated by wastewater treatment and turning it into a renewable energy source that can be sold. This cutting-edge partnership benefits our regional economy and environment at the same time. Phoenix has set ambitious sustainability and renewable energy goals, and this partnership will help us get there.”</span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego stated, “Today is a great day to embrace innovation as we embark on this new processing plant that will beneficially utilize a previously untapped energy resource. This is an excellent business opportunity that helps improve air quality and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking for Phoenix in particular, this plant will move us closer to our goal of 15 percent renewable energy citywide.”</span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Michael T. Bakas, Senior Vice President, Ameresco said, “Ameresco is honored to be partnering with the cities of Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale, and we’re truly excited to break ground and get underway. The exceptional aspect of this project is the ability to capture a wasted resource and utilize it, thereby efficiently making use of this valuable renewable energy asset.  We’re looking forward to making this project a reality later this year for a community that recognizes the tremendous value and importance of environmental stewardship in conjunction with fueling the local economic growth engine with this new business while at the same time reducing its costs.”</span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Ameresco will design, build, own, operate and maintain </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/mailings/%%track%20%7bhttp://www.ameresco.com/solution/design-build-own-operate-maintain-energy-efficiency-contracting%7d%20-group%20%7bhtml:1%7d%%"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">(DBOOM)</span></a><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> the wastewater biogas-to-energy facility. The WWTP is owned by the Sub-Regional Operating Group (SROG) made up of Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe, and serves these cities. The WWTP is operated by the City of Phoenix.</span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">The 91<sup>st</sup> Ave biogas project, expected to be operational in late 2017, will process the raw biogas generated in the anaerobic digesters into renewable natural gas (RNG) that will be sold to the vehicle market through the nation’s natural gas pipeline grid. The biogas is a mixture of various gasses (mostly methane and carbon dioxide) produced through the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter delivered to the WWTP. With a project size of 3,250 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM) capacity, the project is expected to be the largest of its kind in the nation.</span></p><p style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-size:12px;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">This project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 45,000 tons per year, the equivalent of taking over 70,000 cars off the road or planting over 87,000 acres of tress every year.</span></p></div>2/2/2017 10:00:00 PMStephanie Bracken602.534.1209