Achieving Fuel Diversity with Sustainable Generation Resources*
The Deerhaven Renewable Generating Station (DHR) produces biomass energy from local wood waste. The 102.5-megawatt (MW) facility is located adjacent to GRU's Deerhaven Generating Station. By using a local fuel source to produce energy, DHR promotes the community’s energy independence, adds diversity to the fuel supply and helps shield customers from potential increases fossil-fuel prices.
Approximately 16 MW of solar energy have been installed through GRU’s solar initiatives. This includes 14.1 MW through the Solar Feed-in-tariff program and an additional 1.9 MW through Net Metering.
G2 Energy LLC began selling GRU electricity from its landfill-gas power plant in Marion County in January 2009. The three-megawatt plant currently generates about 2,000 megawatt hours of electricity per month from methane gas collected at the Marion County Baseline Landfill. Methane gas is naturally produced by decomposing organic matter. Instead of being burned wastefully, the greenhouse gas is being transformed into enough electricity to power more than 2,100 homes for a year.