Veolia, Wheelabrator Extend Steam Supply Agreement
Veolia Energy North America has extended its 28-year partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies, a renewable waste-to-energy company with operations in Baltimore since 1985. The steam generated by renewable energy at Wheelabratorâ€™s Baltimore facility supplies nearly 50 percent of the steam Veolia delivers through its central Baltimore district energy system.
Wheelabrator converts post-recycled everyday household waste from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and other areas of Maryland into steam. Wheelabratorâ€™s Baltimore waste-to-energy facility reduces the volume of incoming waste by 90 percent.
In May 2011, Maryland enacted a law that puts waste-to-energy plants, including the Wheelabrator facility, on par with solar and wind in the state’s renewable energy standard. The state has a goal of generating 20 percent of its energy from Tier 1 renewable resources by 2022 and intends to achieve that goal through as much in-state generation as possible. In addition to delivering heating and cooling, Veoliaâ€™s district energy network also includes an ice storage system that delivers more than 32,000 tons of cooling capacity and about 45 million ton-hours of low-temperature chilled water to customers.
In 2013, Veolia announced it was purchasing a Massachusetts cogeneration plant to deliver energy to Veoliaâ€™s customers in Boston and Cambridge.
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