Thursday October 13 2016

Rocky Mountain Power named as finalist for Platts Global Energy Award

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Rocky Mountain Powers Tomato Greenhouse

Rocky Mountain Power is one of 9 finalists for Breakthrough Solution of the Year at the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards---often described as “the Oscars of the energy industry.” The Utah-based energy company is nominated for embarking on a unique partnership with Houweling’s Tomatoes to take waste gas from a natural gas plant to heat and enhance growth at a tomato greenhouse.

Rocky Mountain Power’s natural gas-fired Currant Creek plant is near Mona, Utah, about 80 miles south of Salt Lake City. In December 2015 the plant started delivering flue gas through a duct about 10 feet in diameter and 475 feet long to the Houweling greenhouse. The waste heat warms the 28-acre greenhouse and the carbon dioxide helps enhance the growth of the tomatoes.

“This is the first known use of this technology to recover large amounts of energy and gas that would otherwise be released into the air,” said Cindy A. Crane, Rocky Mountain Power President and CEO. “Being nominated for this prestigious award recognizes the many people at Rocky Mountain Power who continue looking for innovative ways to save energy and protect our environment.”

The energy from the plant is used to heat water in a one-million gallon storage tank that is not hot enough for power generation but can heat the greenhouse during the coldest days of the year. This water allows the greenhouse to grow tomatoes year-round and avoids the need to use propane fuel for heating.

Rocky Mountain Power provided a $950,000 incentive to Houweling to install energy-efficient lighting, motors, fans, condensers, pumps and boilers. The equipment saves enough energy to power 1,056 typical Utah homes each year and saves Houweling $500,000 in energy costs. In addition, more than 100 full-time jobs and numerous residual jobs have been created associated with the greenhouse. More information about the project can be found here.

Platts is the leading global provider of energy and commodities information and selected the finalists from 170 nominees from 30 countries. Hundreds of energy industry representatives are expected to attend the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards black-tie dinner gala in New York City on December 8 where the award winners will be announced.

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