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1 Bill Chynoweth Resource Management Partners Troy, Michigan Bill Chynoweth Resource Management Partners Troy, Michigan Renewable Energy Which way should we go?

2 Data Source: Thorneloe SA, Weitz K, Jambeck J. Application of the US Decisions Support Tool for Materials and Waste Management. WM Journal, 2006, August

3 Air Emissions of Waste-To-Energy and Fossil Fuel Power Plants (Pounds per Megawatt Hour) Fuel TypeDirect CO 2 1 Life Cycle CO 2 E 2 Coal2,1382,196 Residual Fuel Oil1,4961,501 Natural Gas1,1761,276 Waste-to-Energy 3 1,294-3,636 1 Based on 2007 EPA eGRID data except WTE which is a nationwide average using 34% anthropogenic CO 2 2 Life Cycle CO2E for fossil fuels limited to indirect methane emissions using EPA GHG inventory and EIA power generation data Life Cycle value would be larger if indirect CO 2 was included 3 Life Cycle for WTE based on nominal nationwide avoidance ratio of 1 ton CO 2 E per ton of MSW using the Municipal Solid Wastes Decision Support Tool, which included avoided methane and avoided CO 2

4 Waste-to-Energy Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Three Important Ways Avoided methane emissions from landfills. When a ton of solid waste is delivered to a waste-to-energy facility, the methane that would have been generated if it were sent to a landfill is avoided. While some of this methane could be collected and used to generate electricity, some would not be captured and would be emitted to the atmosphere. Waste-to-energy generates more electrical power per ton of municipal solid waste than any landfill gas-to-energy facility. Avoided CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. When a megawatt of electricity is generated by waste-to-energy facility, an increase in carbon dioxide emissions that would have been generated by a fossil fuel fired power plant is avoided. Avoided CO 2 emissions from metals production. Waste-to-energy plants recover more than 700,000 tons of ferrous metals for recycling annually. Recycling metals saves energy and avoids CO 2 emissions that would have been emitted if virgin materials were mined and new metals were manufactured, such as steel. THESE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS … … … … … ….

5 Major Strategy advantages: Convert balance of materials into energy, reduce mass 90 – 95%, only benign ash goes into the landfill extending LF life by 9 times Small footprint, 6 – 8 acres for up to 300 TPD plant, low profile building reduces site line intrusion eliminating landfilling of degradable material eliminates future harmful GHG from methane emissions Smaller designs offer opportunity for smaller communities unlike Incinerators and Plasma which need large population to offset large capital expenditure requirements

6 NO FOSSIL FUELS ARE USED BY OUR WASTE TO ENERGY PLANTS, THEY PRODUCE THEIR OWN FUEL Fossil fuel used for pile management is reduced 80 – 90% offering additional environmental & financial benefit Plastics cannot be infinitely recycled, they eventually end up in landfills, low ash high energy is produced from this waste. A small Waste to Energy Plant can create 20+ permanent “Green Collar” jobs injecting $800k to $1m in income revenue into the community.

7 Your Municipal Solid Waste should not be WASTED Learn how to… Enhance your Solid Waste Strategy and Waste Strategy and Stabilize your costs! Convert solid waste into electricity and decrease green house gases at the same time

8 5 Reasons Waste to Energy Makes sense Every ton of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) converted to electricity saves 1 ton of CO2 A Waste to Energy facility will recycle near 100% of all metal and glass. Savings of diesel fuel reduces the carbon footprint and GHG emissions Extends landfill life, maybe indefinitely Creates the foundation for a green community and environmental stewardship

9 Waste to Energy Plant Wastes Processed MSW Construction and Demolition Debris Wood Coal Fines Tires And More Medical Waste

10 Resource Management Partners Renewable Energy consulting, Energy Audits, Technical & Financial feasibility studies, Business Development and Recovered Energy Resources Design Engineering, Financial Modeling, Environmental Studies and Permitting, Project Development Bill Chynoweth Troy, Michigan US DOE recognizes Waste to Energy as a Renewable energy source by Exec. Order and the State of Michigan added MSW to the Energy Bill


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