– by Elizabeth Dunbar, April 3, 2017, Minnesota Public Radio
Photo: Tim Post / MPR
Xcel Energy and the western Minnesota city of Benson have reached an agreement on a plan to mitigate the expected closure of a biomass power plant that burns turkey litter.
Benson Power, owned by a group of investors, started producing electricity in 2007, helping Xcel fulfill a legislative mandate dating back to a 1994 settlement over nuclear waste storage at its Prairie Island plant. But Xcel says biomass power now costs up to 10 times more than new wind power, and city officials said the plant could close within a couple years.
– 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 Anna Simet, November 3, 2016, Biomass Magazine
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The U.S. EPA has proposed an amendment that will add additional treated railroad ties to its list of categorical nonwaste fuels under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule.
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, NHSM rulemakings identify which nonhazardous secondary materials are or aren’t solid wastes when burned in combustion units. If material is a solid waste under RCRA, a combustion unit burning it is required to meet the Clean Air Act Section 129 emission standards for solid waste incineration units. If the material is not a solid waste, combustion units are required to meet the CAA Section 112 emission standards for commercial, industrial, and institutional boilers, much less stringent standards.
– 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 Brian Parkin, October 26, 2016, Bloomberg
Fukushima (Photo: Christopher Furlong)
Japan is turning to a small German company to generate power from timber irradiated by the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear meltdowns.
Closely held Entrade Energiesysteme AG will sell electricity from 400 of its container-sized biomass-to-power machines set up in Fukushima Prefecture, said the Dusseldorf-based company’s Chief Executive Officer Julien Uhlig. The devices will generate 20 megawatts of power by next year and function like a “biological battery” that kicks in when the sun descends on the the region’s solar panels, he said.
– by Carl Weinschenk, October 20, 2016, Energy Manager Today
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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.