Business Journal: Trash Conversion Plants Coming

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sacramento’s trash could be converted into enough energy for 20,000 homes under forward-looking plans submitted to the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. SMUD is looking at three proposals as part of an overall effort to increase its renewable energy to 23 percent by 2011. Two companies could build a plant that would handle about 1,000 tons of trash per day and convert the waste into energy. The city of Sacramento has received plans from 10 companies looking to build plants in the region, from conventional incineration plants to new plasma arc technology that would vaporize some trash and convert the rest into a gravel-like mix. Many of the new plants proposed would develop renewable energy and ease trash in local landfills.