Mariposa Energy Project breaks ground

Officials from three counties attended the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Mariposa Energy Project’s new gas-fired power plant near Byron.

Photo courtesy of Jim Gwerder

Diamond Generating Corporation recently broke ground on its $250 million gas-fired, 200-megawatt Mariposa Energy Project located near Byron and Tracy in the northeast corner of Alameda County.

The project is expected to create 177 construction jobs (and an additional 229 jobs indirectly) and involve a $16.3 million payroll. Local spending from the project during construction is estimated to be $12 million. The project will provide an estimated $10 million in sales tax during construction and an estimated $2.5 million in annual property taxes once operational by the summer of 2012.

“We at Diamond are pleased to be able to provide jobs, tax revenues, community benefits packages and local spending within the state,” said Diamond President Yasuyuki Asakura. “In these tough economic times, it’s so important to provide skilled, well-paying jobs, and to add to the tax base.”

The groundbreaking was attended by officials from three counties, including Alameda County District I Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Contra Costa County District III Supervisor Mary Piepho, and San Joaquin County District V Supervisor Leroy Ornellas. Also in attendance were Dennis Lopez and Albert Beltran from the Byron Municipal Advisory Council; Jim Lamb, Bernice Tingle and Celeste Farron from the Mountain House Community Services District Board; Contra Costa Planning Commissioner Richard Clark; Tom Weber, Geoff Logan and Kathy Leighton from the Contra Costa Airport Land Use Commission; and Tracy Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel.

The project is scheduled to be online by July 1, 2012. At that time, it will supply power to the East Bay region under a long-term contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

“As we all know, the most important component to a successful project is our customer,” said Diamond Senior Vice President Bo Buchynsky. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with so many folks in their gas, transmission and energy contracts departments, and we look forward to a long-term successful partnership with PG&E.”

The Mariposa Energy Project will help prevent blackouts during extremely hot weather by providing peak power on demand when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.

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