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New Use for Sewage: Producing Heat and Electricity

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By Sandy Bauers

The project also qualifies for an investment tax credit of about $14 million and a $3.9 million state energy efficiency rebate.

The plant gets praise not only for producing electricity from waste, but also for producing it on-site, avoiding the electricity losses from transmission.

The next goal: producing all the plant’s electricity needs, to create a net-zero facility.

The beauty of it, in Kohl’s view, is that the plant’s core mission — “to treat (wastewater) and discharge high quality effluent and cost-effectively use the solids” — isn’t compromised by the newbie operation.

Capturing waste methane and putting it to work, Kohl added, is “a bonus.”

©2014 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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