Needles, CA: Drawing up deposit agreement regarding new 100 megawatt scalable renewable energy project.

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Needles, CA: Drawing up deposit agreement regarding new 100 megawatt scalable renewable energy project.

Members of the joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority approved during the joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 to have staff draw up a deposit agreement with Riverview Energy Partners (R.E.P.) regarding a 100 megawatt scalable renewable energy project consisting of photovoltaic energy during the day and hydrogen fuel cell energy generation at night.

According to information from the City of Needles, Mr. Barry Saitman, Principal of Riverview Energy Partners (R.E.P.), gave a presentation on Friday, April 24th, 2015 to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Jack Lindley, and David Brownlee.

Riverview Energy Partners (R.E.P.) to be the developer and project operator Solar PV power generation in the day and hydrogen fuel cell power generation at night Power from REP to be sent to Needles Substation in Needles, California and then transmitted out on an upgraded Needles 69 kV line to the Mohave Generating Plant substation in Laughlin, Nevada then underground on a new Metropolitan Water District high voltage direct current (H.D.V.C.) line underground to Marketplace for further transmission on Southern California Power Producers Association (S.C.P.P.A.) H.D.V.C. line into Southern California.

As for the fiscal impact: according to information from the City of Needles, really no way to know. REP estimates $5 per MWh on 350,000 MWh annually or $1,750,000.

As for the environmental impact: according to information from the City of Needles, unknown.

Mr. Barry Saitman provided documents and a PowerPoint packet discussing the project and what is needing to be done to move this project forward inside the agenda item packet.

**** Agenda Item Packet: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/7_JULY/MTG_1/cc_071415-2.pdf

Mr. Barry Saitman discussed the project to members of the joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority and to the public in attendance.

Afterwards, Terry Campbell, former Needles City Council Member and retired Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Operation Supervisor, spoke and gave some advice for members of the joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority about the project and what the California State Legislature and Senate contemplating a 50% renewable portfolio standard.

** Watch the agenda item videos at following ZachNews on YouTube website addresses: **

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For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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