Wastewater for electricity: South Jersey utility in swap deal with trash-to-energy plant

New Jersey environment, energy, electricity

ANDREW MAYKUTH / PHILLY.COM – Camden County is putting its waste to work on overtime. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the agency that treats most of the county’s sewage, launched a project Thursday to swap one million gallons a day of effluent from its Camden wastewater treatment plant for energy produced by a nearby power plant, whose primary fuel source is trash.

The agreement between the CCMUA and Covanta Camden Energy Recovery Center will create what officials are calling a “sustainability loop” that will provide the sewage authority with electricity from the power plant in exchange for treated wastewater that will be used to cool the generation plant. The agreement will help the wastewater plant operate independently of the regional power grid …

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