Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study for the Tracy Desalination and Green Energy ProjectPosted: Dec 1, 2011
SPECIAL NOTE: THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Project Location: The project site consists of approximately 237 acres located within the City’s Sphere of Influence, immediately north of the Tracy City limits. The project site includes APN 212-160-05 (197 acres), APN 212-160-09 (27 acres), and a 13-acre area of APN 212-160-11.
The project site is bounded by Tracy Boulevard to the west, Arbor Avenue and industrial uses to the south, and agricultural lands to the north. Agra Trading, a biomass fuel recycling and trading company, is located on a portion of the project site. The site is bisected by West Sugar Road, which runs in an east-west direction.
Project Description: The primary purpose of the proposed project is to construct and operate an approximately 1,200,000 gallon per day (gpd) desalination plant (Plant) in the City of Tracy. The desalination plant would process treated effluent currently generated by the Tracy Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to a quality that is suitable for discharge into the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and meets State standards for water quality discharge.
The operation of the desalination plant will require a heat energy supply. The proposed project includes a biomass cogeneration energy production component. The biomass energy component would utilize available sources of biomass, primarily agricultural residuals and urban wood waste, within a 50-mile radius of the site. The biomass energy component would generate approximately 16.4 megawatt-hours (MW/hr) of electricity, 15 MW/hr of which would be distributed and sold to the local energy grid.
The proposed project also includes actions to annex the entire project site into the City of Tracy, a General Plan Amendment to designate the entire project site Industrial, and pre-zoning of the site to Light Industrial (M1). The project would also involve three agreements between the City of Tracy and Tracy Renewable Energy LLC (TRE) related to the project. These agreements include a land lease/purchase agreement, a power purchase agreement and a water treatment agreement.