Covanta operates energy facility
Covanta Holding Corporation has begun operating the first energy-from-waste
unit built under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source
The new unit expands the Lee County Resource Recovery facility,
owned by Lee County, Florida, and allows the County to convert an additional
636 tons of municipal waste every day into 18 megawatts of electricity. Prior
to the $120-million expansion, the facility had processed more than 4 million
tons of waste in two 600-ton per day combustion units and generated enough
electricity to power 26,000 homes.
Five years ago, Lee County decided to expand the facility
to meet the increased waste disposal needs of its growing community. The
County approved the new combustion unit, which increases the facility’s capacity to convert
municipal waste into renewable energy by over 50 percent.
Working with Lee County, Covanta oversaw the expansion
project. Covanta operates and maintains the facility under a long-term contract
with the County.