– by Scott Dance, December 15, 2017, Baltimore Sun
Photo: Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun
A trash incinerator in Southwest Baltimore is the city’s largest single source of air pollution. But a state law has nonetheless allowed it to collect roughly $10 million in subsidies over the past six years through a program intended to promote green energy.
Few commuters who pass the imposing white smokestack on Interstate 95 have any idea that the plant burns their household waste, that their electric bills help to maintain it, or that it releases thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases and toxic substances — carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde among them — into the air every year.
– by Pat Crossley, November 17, 2016, Sun-Gazette
“We can win this” was the message from Mike Ewall, founder and director of the Energy Justice Network, to about 60 residents of Muncy who attended a meeting organized by the group opposing the proposed waste to fuel project in the borough.
Ewall, an environmental lawyer, has been working with the “Stop the Muncy Incinerator” group in its effort to keep Delta Thermal Energy (DTE) Inc. from locating its plant in the former Andritz building.
– by Wendy Mitchell, November 3, 2016, Ledger Independent
Rumpke Brown County Landfill (Photo: Ledger Independent)
Mountains of trash are being turned into utility resources in Brown County, Ohio.
On Thursday, state and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rumpke Brown County landfill, designating the site as the place where methane from the decomposition of trash will be turned into usable electricity.
According to Rumpke officials, the approximately $8 million plant should be operational in late spring 2017.
“April is the goal to have it done,” said Molly Broadwater, Rumpke spokesperson.
– by Susan McCord, November 1, 2016, Augusta Chronicle
Photo: Augusta Chronicle
Dean Alford’s proposal to build a city-financed $62 million waste-to-energy plant at the city landfill fell two votes short Tuesday.
Alford, a former state legislator and member of the University System Board of Regents, made a first pitch of the program to the Augusta Commission on Tuesday. His company is Allied Energy Services, which worked with Augusta on a recent solar project.
The group voted 4-3-1, with commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom, Wayne Guilfoyle and Bill Fennoy in favor of submitting a $62 million loan application to finance the project to Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Commissioners Sammie Sias, Dennis Williams and Ben Hasan voted no.
– by Carl Weinschenk, October 20, 2016, Energy Manager Today
Photo: Energy Manager Today
The waste to energy (WTE) sector is not huge, but it is showing signs of growing.
This week, New Jersey moved toward joining the ranks of states that require food waste to be utilized as an energy source. The rationale for the requirement is two-fold: Rotting food releases methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. Transitioning the material to energy would help alleviate that problem. And in addition to addressing the methane issue, the energy that is produced reduces reliance on fossil fuels.
– October 18, 2016, Sun Gazette
Muncy School Board (Photo: Sun Gazette)
The Muncy School Board voted 7-1 on Monday to adopt a resolution stating the board wishes to publicly oppose the waste-to-energy plant.
The plant, which has been proposed by Delta Thermo Energy Inc., is to be located at 100 Sherman St.
“The property is located within a few blocks from Muncy Junior-Senior High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Craig Skaluba.
Skaluba said Delta Thermo Energy has submitted a zoning application with the borough of Muncy.
– by Jim Lynch, October 18, 2016, Detroit News
Detroit Renewable Power (Photo: Brandy Baker / Detroit News)
The Detroit incinerator, long controversial for its burning of the city’s waste, is being targeted by a lawsuit that claims the facility repeatedly fails to meet safe air emission standards.
Officials with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center filed a notice of intent to sue incinerator operator Detroit Renewable Power. Like previous owners of the facility, the company takes in thousands of tons of trash each day for incineration.
The incineration produces steam and electricity that Detroit Renewable Power sells to DTE Energy. The process also produces air emissions that are considered harmful to the public.
– by Andy Humbles, October 14, 2016, The Tennessean
New Lebanon Biomass Gasification (Photo: The Tennessean)
Lebanon has started operating its downdraft gasification plant on Hartmann Drive that officials say will eventually divert more than 8,000 tons of waste going to landfills a year.
The approximate $3.5 million facility opened this week, according to Lebanon project manager Scott McRae, and will convert waste wood, tires and sewer sludge to electricity to help power the city’s wastewater treatment plant. A percentage of the converted waste also becomes a high carbon biochar to be recycled or sold for agricultural or industrial uses.
The Lebanon City Council approved a contract in 2015 with PHG Energy to build the plant, which now is operating on a limited basis with plans to “ramp up” in the coming months, McRae said.
– by Cara Morningstar, October 12, 2016, Sun Gazette
Photo: Mark Nance / Sun Gazette
The Muncy Borough Council listened to about 30 speakers Tuesday during public comment address a waste-to-energy plant proposed by Delta Thermal Energy.
The council had to meet at the Muncy High School auditorium to accommodate the present at the meeting. Last week’s meeting at borough hall was suspended because of the overflow of people wanting to get into the meeting.
All those who spoke Tuesday were against the plant, and by the cheers and applause of agreement with the comments, the audience also seemed to be against it.
“Why would Muncy want to be a Guinea pig for experimental technology?” was one of many questions asked.
– by Dick Lindsay, October 11, 2016, Berkshire Eagle
Covanta Pittsfield (Photo: Ben Garver/Berkshire Eagle)
For at least four more years, Covanta will take trash and recyclables of Pittsfield and surrounding communities.
By a vote of 10-1, Councilor-at-Large Melissa Mazzeo opposed, the City Council Tuesday night backed Mayor Linda Tyer’s request to give $562,000 in Pittsfield Economic Development funds so the solid waste-to-energy and recycling facility can make the necessary upgrades to meet state and federal environmental standards and remain profitable.
Covanta announced in early July that it planned to close the Hubbard Avenue trash burning plant because the high operating costs and the size of the plant made it unprofitable. Tyer and her administration immediately began working on a financial package to entice the New Jersey-based company to forgo its plan to cease operation in March.