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File #: 2016-0339    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/11/2016 In control: Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 9/19/2016
Enactment date: 9/27/2016 Enactment #: 18363
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the sale of biomethane and related environmental attributes held by the county; authorizing the wastewater treatment division to enter into an agreement for the sale of biomethane and environmental attributes associated with purified biomethane produced at the South wastewater treatment plant to IGI Resources, Inc.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski
Indexes: Natural Resources, Department of, Wastewater
Attachments: 1. 18363_Redacted.pdf, 2. A. Base Contract for Sale and Purchase of Natural Gas_Redacted.pdf, 3. 2016-0339 legislative review form.pdf, 4. 2016-0339 transmittal letter.doc, 5. 2016-0339 fiscal note.xls, 6. Base Contract for Sale and Purchase of Natural Gas as transmitted_Redacted.pdf, 7. 2016-0339_SR_WTDEnvironmental Attributes.docx, 8. ATT2_Summary.docx, 9. ATT5_ExecPresentation.pdf, 10. 2016-0339_SR_WTD-RINs-091416.docx, 11. ATT2_S3 for 09-14-16.docx, 12. ATT6_ExecPresentation-09-14-16, 13. 2016-0339_REVISED Staff Report WTD-RINs-091416.docx
Staff: Reed, Mike
Drafter
Clerk 09/20/2016
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the sale of biomethane and related environmental attributes held by the county; authorizing the wastewater treatment division to enter into an agreement for the sale of biomethane and environmental attributes associated with purified biomethane produced at the South wastewater treatment plant to IGI Resources, Inc.
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STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. The wastewater treatment division of the department of natural resources and parks operates three regional wastewater treatment facilities, including the South wastewater treatment plant in Renton, Washington, which treats approximately thirty billion gallons of wastewater each year.
2. Anaerobic digesters at the treatment plant generate methane digester biogas as part of the water and associated solid material treatment and purification processes.
3. Since 1988, the wastewater treatment division has been scrubbing impurities from the digester biogas to create biomethane, using some of the resulting pipeline quality gas for internal heating purposes, and injecting the surplus pipeline quality gas into the regional natural gas pipeline.
4. Since 1988, the pipeline quality gas commodity not consumed at the treatment plant has been sold to Puget Sound Energy, per a pipeline quality gas purchase and sales agreement between King County and Puget Sound Energy, most recently amended in 2005.
5. In addition to the energy content of the pipeline quality gas, the origin of the pipeline quality gas as a byproduct of the wastewater treatment process provides significant greenhouse-gas reduction benefits when compared to the consumption of fossil fuel-derived natural gas.
6. These environmental benefits, as an extension of the energy content, are recognized as environmental attributes. Environmental attributes refer to renewable energy or other characteristics of a resource that are distinguished from a commodity, and can have financial value related to both voluntary and ...

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