New York Challenges Proposed Waste-to-Energy Plant

Circular enerG has proposed to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in central region of the state of New York. The initial phase of the proposed facility would have 25 MW to 40 MW of generating capacity. Circular enerG is an energy solutions company, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Circular enerG has filed a public involvement program (PIP) plan with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC). The PIP plan is part of the pre-application process with New York’s Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. Circular enerG believes the WTE facility is in line with New York state waste management policies. The state waste management policies call for energy recovery of waste, making landfilling a last resort.

However, the supervisor for the town near the WTE facility opposes Circular enerG plan because the waste would be shipped from other regions for burning. The two largest landfills in the state are within fifteen miles of Circular enerG’s proposed WTE facility. Additionally, New York Cuomo has stated that the proposed WTE facility is not consistent with his administration’s environmental goals.

In my opinion, this is an energy conundrum. New York generates the most waste of any of the United States fifty states. Landfills in New York and many other states are reaching maximum capacity. Circular enerG is proposing a solution to the overcrowded landfill that will also generate utility scale electrical power. WTE facilities have been successfully used in countries like Sweden, Germany and Israel. In my opinion, New York is struggling with the “not in my backyard” issues. Governor Cuomo, what is the solution to the ever-growing waste?

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