WHY: Groundbreaking event for the start of a multi-million dollar wastewater treatment biogas utilization project at the 91st Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant. The gas is a result of the natural breakdown of organic matter in the wastewater treatment process. Currently, a small portion of the gas produced is burned as boiler fuel in the plant, but most is burned off using flares. Through this new effort, 600,000 cubic feet of gas will be treated and transferred to a nearby commercial gas pipeline, where it will be sold on the open market as green energy. 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 project is expected to produce $1.2 million in annual revenue, to be shared among the cities that jointly own the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest wastewater treatment plant in Arizona. It is jointly owned by the cities of Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe.
VISUALS AND INTERVIEWS:
• Onsite b-roll opportunities of the wastewater treatment process and the future location of the biogas facility.
• Interview opportunities with City and Ameresco Officials.