Ontario-based company will generate renewable energy from Bridgeport, Conn., wastewater treatment plant.
Anaergia Inc., Burlington, Ontario, has announced a 20-year partnership with the city of Bridgeport, Conn.'s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), which will allow the city to use renewable electricity generated from organic waste including wastewater sludge and food scraps using advanced anaerobic digestion technology.
The anaerobic digestion facility will generate more than 10 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity per year.
“This project with Anaergia is another step toward realizing our vision outlined in the city of Bridgeport’s (Connecticut) BGreen 2020 sustainability plan to help create jobs, save taxpayers’ money and fight climate change,” says Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “Generating clean energy from organic waste creates a ‘win-win’ scenario for us, enabling our city to tackle tough waste management challenges, cut costs and create a renewable energy source for our city.”
Steve Watzeck, CEO of Anaergia, says, “We are proud to partner on this renewable energy project with the City of Bridgeport and the WPCA. Our solution platform enables the city to transform what was once waste into a valuable resource. This project will serve as a showcase for other municipalities looking to implement sustainability programs that drive energy independence and reduce operating costs.”
In the anaerobic process used in Bridgeport, the energy generated from the process will be used by the West Side Wastewater Treatment Facility that has a treatment capacity of 30 million gallons per day for operational requirements and to provide energy supply resiliency in the event of a power grid failure.
Anaergia, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Anaergia Services LLC., will design, build, own, finance and operate the anaerobic digestion and cogeneration facility to be located at the plant. Once operational, the facility will digest more than 10,000 dry tons per year of biosolids from the two wastewater treatment plants in Bridgeport and source separated organic materials from commercial generators.