Company’s Oklahoma renewable energy subsidiary receives 2013 Excellence Award in the Waste-to-Energy category.
|From left to right: Paul Stauder, Covanta senior vice president; Darren Stefanek, city of Tulsa; and Matthew Newman, Covanta Tulsa business manager.
|Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy LLC
(Covanta Tulsa), a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corp., has been named a recipient of the 2013 Excellence Award in the Waste-to-Energy category from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The company received the bronze award during SWANA’s annual Wastecon in Long Beach, Calif.
Covanta’s Tulsa plant processes 1,125 tons of solid waste per day, generating up to 265,000 pounds-per-hour of steam. The steam is used to power a turbine generator to produce 16.8 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The energy also is exported to a neighboring refinery. This steam offsets the need for the refinery to use fossil fuels to generate their own steam.
“Covanta provides the city of Tulsa with a reliable and environmentally sustainable approach to disposing of our municipal waste. We are proud to have Covanta as a program partner and to know that our combined efforts will benefit our citizens for years to come,” says Liz Hunt, a spokeswoman for the city of Tulsa.
SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.
Matthew Newman, business manager at Covanta Tulsa, says, “Covanta Tulsa is proud to be recognized by SWANA with an Excellence Award for our superior operations and community programs. We are committed to providing safe and sustainable waste disposal that reduces greenhouse gases and produces enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes in Green Country Oklahoma.”