Wheelabrator Norwalk

Wheelabrator Norwalk

The independently owned Wheelabrator Norwalk cogeneration facility provides energy for sale to the local utility using clean burning and efficient natural gas technology. In addition to generating 28 MW of electricity, the equivalent of powering 34,000 California homes and businesses as well as its own operations, the cogeneration facility produces steam and chilled water to meet the variable demands of the adjacent Metropolitan State Hospital’s 160-acre campus.

Designed, constructed and operated by Wheelabrator, Wheelabrator Norwalk began operations in 1988 when the Metropolitan State Hospital and its consultant, the California State Department of General Services, decided to replace its aging steam plant with a fuel-efficient cogeneration system, recognizing the economic advantages of meeting the hospital's thermal energy requirements with a fuel efficient cogeneration system that would also allow it to sell excess electric energy onto the grid.

Fast Facts:

1988
Began Operations
28 MW
Energy Generation Capacity
34,000
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