SWANA Urges Inclusion Of Waste-To-Energy In Renewable Portfolio Standard

Publish Date: 5/22/2007


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), on Friday, May 18, 2007, sent a letter to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) urging him to include waste-to-energy as a renewable energy resource in his renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to be considered by the Senate. The senator is expected to introduce the RPS as part of an amendment to S. 1115, the Energy Proficiency and Promotion Act, a bill passed in early May by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While the RPS would help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and encourage production of renewable energy sources, it omits waste-to-energy as such an alternative. SWANA wanted to make Senator Bingaman aware of the value of waste-to-energy as a renewable energy source with "the potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) that contribute to global warming and climate change." 

"SWANA is pleased to present its views on waste-to-energy as a viable renewable energy source that should not be overlooked," commented John H. Skinner, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO of SWANA. "As stated in our letter, the nation's waste-to-energy facilities safely manage approximately 95,000 tons of household solid waste per day and have an electric capacity of 2,700 megawatts. We are hopeful that Senator Bingaman will take these facts into consideration and include waste-to-energy in the renewable portfolio standard." 

Waste-to-energy meets the two basic criteria for establishing what a renewable energy resource is—its fuel source (municipal solid waste) is sustainable and indigenous. There are currently 88 waste-to-energy facilities operating in the U.S. 

View the entire letter to Senator Bingaman here.

View SWANA's Position on Municipal Solid Waste as Renewable Energy here.

About SWANA:

For over 40 years, SWANA, The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANA's mission is "to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste." SWANA serves over 7,500 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.