The North American Waste-to-Energy Conference Call for Proposals is OPEN

The NAWTEC 2016 Call for Proposals is Now Open and the deadline is November 16, 2015.  NAWTEC 24 will take place in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 23-25, 2016.  The North American Waste-to-Energy Conference (NAWTEC) is the premiere event for those interested in recovering energy from municipal solid waste, plant operation best practices and emerging waste conversion and processing technologies. This event is your opportunity for one-on-one dialogue with the leading public and private waste-to-energy players from across North America and abroad.  

Submit your proposals here: https://swana.org/events/nawtec/callforproposals.aspx.

WTE is "What Works"

POLITICO Magazine published this week an extensive article on waste-to-energy in Minneapolis as part of their series on “What Works”, a year-long reported series featuring innovative ideas—and how they spread—from cities across the United States at a time of unprecedented urban reinvention.  In downtown Minneapolis, along with the Minnesota Twin’s relatively new baseball stadium, the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) has become an important component in the revitalization of a once industrial neighborhood. The HERC is considered the centerpiece of Minneapolis’s drive to go carbon neutral by 2030. An added perk seems to be the heat supplied to the baseball stadium supplied by pipes running from the HERC to the ballpark, therefore allowing the Twins to play games that might have been cancelled due to the cold with the HERC. “Without the relationship with the HERC we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the things we do to keep the stadium running right”, according to Gary Galwes, senior director of ballpark systems. “We see it as an asset in our neighborhood”, says Nick Koch of HGA, an architectural firm that recently moved into the area. It is front and center of every presentation made to those who might change the neighborhood, he adds.  To read this excellent article that speaks directly to the benefits of waste-to-energy, please click here.

2015 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Shows Strength in WTE, Renewables

The 2015 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook has been released, and energy industry executives from the natural gas, renewables (including waste-to-energy) and efficiency industries praised its findings as demonstrating the rapid growth and falling prices they have seen in their own operations over the past year. Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy said, “The U.S. energy transformation that began a decade ago continued in 2014.  The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook chronicles this fast-moving transformation, which is creating whole new industries and thousands of new jobs.  The Factbook demonstrates that the diverse portfolio of clean energy options can provide affordable and reliable power to homes and businesses throughout the country.” Paula Soos, Vice President, Government Relations, Covanta said, “The Factbook identified the significant role public policy has played in renewable energy development.  It highlights the potential for a broader spectrum of renewable technologies, including energy from waste, to see growth if successful policies are applied more equitably, and with some long term certainty.”  To download the Factbook infographic: http://www.bcse.org/images/BCSE 2015 Factbook Infographic.pdf.

New Research Shows Renewable Energy Strengthens the Economy in Michigan and Minnesota

New reports released by A Renewable America confirm that economic growth, energy independence, and new job creation are just a few of the many reasons that a significant majority of Americans consistently support developing renewable electricity.  Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, geothermal and waste-to-energy already provide more than 13 percent of U.S. electricity, and renewables are capturing an increasing share of the power grid every year. In 2013, the major renewable electricity technologies provided well over 527 million megawatt hours of electricity to the utility grid – enough to supply the equivalent of over 43 million average American homes. The renewable electricity industries also represent an important source of American jobs, directly employing over half a million people. 

Two new reports highlighting the current and potential economic benefits from developing renewable electricity in Michigan and Minnesota find that the existing deployment of renewable energy is already delivering significant economic benefits. These two states also have considerable untapped renewable electricity potential, and these analyses find that developing these resources can deliver significant economic gains.


“We choose to invest in biomass, solar, and waste-to-energy because of the financial benefits to General Motors. We only purchase renewable energy that is on par or beats nonrenewable energy options – that is the number one priority when we evaluate projects. Renewable energy delivers direct daily savings and offers us the ability to control energy costs in the future as a hedge. Investing in renewable energy offers an opportunity to educate our customers, employees and the community that these technologies are cost competitive with traditional power.”  ---ROB THRELKELD, MANAGER, RENEWABLE ENERGY, GENERAL MOTORS

“Waste-to-energy facilities are net greenhouse gas (GHG) reducers meaning that for every ton of trash burned, waste-to-energy facilities reduce net GHGs by more than one ton, when compared to a traditional landfill. In addition, waste-to-energy facilities maintain the strictest emissions controls and are always investing in new technologies to reduce emissions further.”  ---DOUG WOOD, DIRECTOR, KENT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

“The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center is located in downtown Minneapolis, across from Target Field. We are able to take the waste generated at Target Field and convert it into energy for them to use. This facility meets extremely high air quality and emissions standards and generates positive environmental and economic benefits for the county.”  ---CARL MICHAUD,  DIRECTOR, HENNEPIN COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

NAWTEC 23 Call For Papers

The NAWTEC 2015 Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline is November 21, 2014.  The 23rd Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference will take place in Tampa, Florida, on April 29 – May 1, 2015.  NAWTEC is the premiere event for those interested in municipal waste-to-energy, combustion engineering science and emerging waste conversion and processing technologies.   NAWTEC is seeking proposals on the following topics:

Powering Growth in the Sector

  • Policies that Support Waste-to-Energy
  • The Economic Dynamics of Waste Conversion Technologies
  • Case Studies of New WTE Projects (U.S. and International)

Improving the Business Opportunities of WTE Facilities

  • Opportunities in Special Waste Markets
  • Opportunities to Beneficially Reuse Ash
  • Innovations to Improve Metal Recovery

Advancing Waste-to-Energy through Research and Technology

  • Combustion and Air Emissions Research and Technologies
  • Thermal Treatment and Waste Combustion Technologies
  • Advanced Air Emissions Control Technologies

Understanding and Articulating the Benefits of WTE

  • WTE as a Zero Waste to Landfill Strategy
  • Generating Public Acceptance
  • Comparing Successfully and Unsuccessfully Developed Projects

Improving WTE Plant Operations

  • Innovations in Operations & Maintenance
  • Promoting and Enhancing Safety and Industrial Hygiene
  • Facility Retrofit and Upgrade Case Studies

NAWTEC 23 again will include a WTE Lightning Round, which offers a limited number of individuals the opportunity to provide a concise two-minute presentation during the opening plenary. We invite prospective participants to submit a brief description of a Lightning Round theme that you would like to present.  All proposals must be submitted online by November 14, 2014.  To get started, click here. Please direct any questions to Sue Bumpous of SWANA at 240-494-2253 or Ted Michaels of ERC at 202-467-6240.