Waste Not
Chevron Plant to Turn Fat, Oils and Grease into Energy, Save $27M

Chevron Energy Solutions has announced it will design and build a waste-to-energy plant at Broward County, Fla.’s wastewater treatment facility.

The project will generate electricity from fats, oils and grease and is expected to generate almost 2 megawatts (MW) of power, reduce electricity usage by over 30 percent and save the county nearly $27 million in its first 17 years of operation.

Chevron says the energy produced by the project will offset utility-purchased power and help achieve county-wide carbon-reduction benefits.

Speaking of cities reimagining waste, the City of Phoenix is undertaking a program called Reimagine Phoenix, which aims to identify and execute near-term opportunities for waste diversion and aversion that will lead to a reduction in waste sent to landfills, while saving money for the city. The ultimate goal is to divert 40 percent of the city’s waste from landfill by 2020.

And in December, New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway announced a pilot program that will convert the thousands of pounds of food waste currently shipped to out-of-state landfills into biogas, which will heat up to 5,200 homes throughout the city and help curb roughly 90,000 metric tons of the state’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program will help the City achieve its PlaNYC goal of reducing its GHG emissions by 30 percent by 2017.

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