– by Pam Eggmeier, January 24, 2017, SaukValley.com
City leaders gathered Tuesday to learn more about two possible business ventures – one that would be run by the city, and the other by a private company.
The Committee of the Whole heard presentations by Magellan, the city’s broadband consultant, and Green Vision International. The meetings give council members an opportunity to discuss particular issues at length, but no action is taken.
Green Vision International has been working with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois on a biomass recycling project that could be launched commercially in Rock Falls.
– 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 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.
– 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.