Europe has already taken the lead in creating waste-to-energy plants for the past few decades. Now, Arizona is planning on building a $110 million garbage to energy plant of their own.
The waste-to-energy plant is being planned with the help of the Spanish engineering company, Abengoa. The plant will ultimately be owned by a Chicago power company, Vieste Energy. The plant will be run by Abengoa for 30 years, who will also build it with the next two years in Glendale AZ.
The plant will not only gasify 180,000 tons of garbage a year, but it will create new job opportunities and even produce 350 tons of gas per day. The amount of electricity produced will be 15 MW. The plant will gasify organic waste and plastics.
In the U.S., there are many emission restrictions and other regulations that need to be followed. Partially why only a very few of these waste-to-energy plants have been created in the U.S. Although, there are biogas plants that take organic waste and use it to capture the gases the waste produces.
This modern waste-to-energy plant will be the first of its kind in the U.S. Other than the amount of garbage that could be gasified and some of the other details listed, not many more details have been released as of yet. The plant will go up near the Glendale Municipal Landfill, on the north end.
Creating energy from waste is a great way to rid of waste products that are typically just thrown into landfills. The U.S. is constantly trying to innovate new ways to become a greener place. Many other cities such as San Francisco are implementing zero waste programs. This means that they are finding other means to practice proper waste disposal rather than having it dumped into a landfill. Other countries are already practicing such programs and using plants to turn waste into energy. The U.S. is only beginning to implement their own methods.