Congratulations, Philadelphia Water Dept & Ameresco!

Feb 21, 2012

As Seen on BusinessWire:

Ameresco and Philadelphia Water Department Announce Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant Biogas Project

New facility to generate electricity to power water utility operations, expected to save PWD over $12 million without additional ratepayer burden

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) today announced an agreement to design, build and maintain an innovative wastewater biogas-to-energy facility. The Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant (NEWPCP) Biogas Project will generate electricity and thermal energy for use on-site, fueled mainly by biogas from the NEWPCP digesters. The $47.5M construction project, designed to generate 5.6 MW of power, is expected to reduce PWD energy costs by over $12 million over the course of the 16 year contract.    

“The Philadelphia Water Department is a progressive organization that recognizes the value and importance of environmental stewardship while cutting costs and improving infrastructure”

A natural byproduct of sewage treatment, biogas can be refined and utilized as a fuel for generators or equipment. Currently, half of the biogas generated from the wastewater treatment process is used to heat processes at the NEWPCP, while the other half is being flared, consuming energy and increasing local emissions. The Biogas Project will now be used as a ready source of renewable energy. This will not only save money, but also provide a secure source of green energy for NEWPCP.

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