WASTE-TO-ENERGY NEWS
Arizona Takes Steps to Make WTE Renewable

The Arizona Corporation Commission this week approved Mohave Electric Cooperative's request to count the electricity from a waste-to-energy facility toward its renewable-energy goals. The commission requires utilities to get 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and to additionally reduce their power demand by 22 percent by 2020 through conservation. Mohave, a tiny, non-profit distribution utility in northwestern Arizona, asked for the waiver to make electricity from trash because that type of unit was not initially included in the Commission's program.  The commission voted 3-2 in favor of Mohave's request.

Durham WTE Facility Given Green Light by Ontario Ministry of Environment

The Durham Region (Ontario, Canada) has been given the green light by the province to begin construction of its waste-to-energy facility. Council approval is still required before construction starts on the energy-from-waste facility that will handle up to 140,000 tons of Durham and York Region garbage per year. That’s likely to happen at a special meeting in July, after councillors review staff reports and conditions attached to the certificate of approval just issued by the Ministry of the Environment. It covers operational requirements for air, noise, waste and storm water. Calling the ministry’s decision on the waste-to-energy facility “historic,” regional chair Roger Anderson said Durham is poised to become a “provincial leader in the area of waste management.” Residents expect a clean and safe facility, “and that’s how we intend to build it,” he said. Roger Anderson was a keynote speaker at NAWTEC this year in Lancaster. Covanta, which will build and operate the facility, is expected to begin construction this fall.

Green Conversion Systems Makes Strides in Los Angeles

Green Conversion Systems (GCS), an ERC member, announced this week that the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works has voted unanimously to authorize the Bureau of Sanitation to commence contract negotiations with GCS to build and operate a new waste-to-energy facility. This selection concludes an extensive four-year technology evaluation process undertaken by the Bureau of Sanitation. During the evaluation process, the City reviewed proposals from 13 vendors offering a variety of solutions, including alternative technologies such as pyrolysis, gasification, plasma arc, anaerobic. The facility will use GCS’ Advanced Thermal Recycling (ATR) system to process nearly 1,100 tons per day of post-recycled residential following pre-processing. During pre-processing, all waste entering the facility is sorted to remove recyclable materials such as plastics, metals and paper. The non-recyclable waste is then sent to the ATR system, which converts 99% of it into electricity and marketable byproducts.

Portland, Maine to Host 20th Annual NAWTEC

The 20th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference will take place on April 23-25, 2012 in Portland, Maine. For the first time, NAWTEC participants will have the opportunity to tour the facilities of ecomaine, an ERC member based in Portland, Maine. ecomaine is a non-profit waste management company owned and operated by 21 municipalities in Southern Maine and runs a 500 ton-per-day waste-to-energy facility, a single stream recycling facility, and a landfill. The waste-to-energy facility won SWANA’s 2006 Waste-To-Energy Silver Excellence Award, as well as ASME’s 2009 Small Combustion Facility of the Year Award. The award was based on success in several categories, including innovative and technical contributions to solid waste processing, environmental performance, and health and safety records. We look forward to hosting NAWTEC in Portland for the first time next year.

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Signs Landmark WTE Legislation

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation that makes waste-to-energy a Tier 1 renewable energy resource under the state's renewable portfolio standard.  This legislation creates opportunities for waste-to-energy to provide Marylanders with reliable and sustainable waste management options, while generating clean, renewable electricity.  The Baltimore Sun has published many stories and opinions about this legislation, many of which are worth reading, including letters from Steamfitters and Steelworkers, residents, and solid waste experts, both local government and (former) federal officials.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY ON HIS DECISION TO SIGN SENATE BILL 690

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 17, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today regarding Senate Bill 690 - Renewable Energy Portfolio - Waste-to-Energy and Refuse-Derived Fuel:

“After careful deliberation, I have decided to sign Senate Bill 690....