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How Circular-Economy Approaches to Wastewater Can Cut Costs, Emissions, Water Use

Cambrian Innovation’s wastewater treatment system helped Bear Republic Brewing Company treat its wastewater onsite, generate renewable energy and save money on utility bills.

Treatment Plant Adds Cogeneration System

A new cogeneration system outside Seattle at King County’s West Point Treatment Plant is now using a waste byproduct of sewage treatment and turning it into electricity and heat to help run the plant. This digester facility puts King County close to its goal of operating one of the nation’s … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards, Pipeline Closure, Dyno Nobel Penalty

The EPA has rescheduled two delayed listening sessions on its forthcoming carbon standards for existing power plants. The Boston session has been rescheduled for November 4, and the Philadelphia session has been pushed back to November 8. Both were postponed because of the government shutdown. The other nine dates are … Read more »

Texas A&M Cuts Normalized Energy 40% Over 10 Years

Texas A&M University cut its normalized energy consumption 40 percent and saved $140 million over the last 10 years as a result of environmental initiatives that have also improved the school’s recycling rate and reduced its water use. From fiscal year 2002 to FY 2012 the size of the university’s main campus increased … Read more »

SC Johnson Sustainability Report: Solid Waste Drops 2 Points

SC Johnson Sustainability Report: Solid Waste Drops 2 Points

From 2010 to 2011, SC Johnson reduced its waste output by 2 percentage points, as the company aimed to reduce its solid waste by 70 percent of 2000 levels by 2016. Since the baseline year, the maker of Glade, Pledge, Windex and Off! products has decreased its global manufacturing waste … Read more »

UConn Water Reclamation Plant Can Treat ‘Up to 1m Gallons a Day’

The University of Connecticut’s water reclamation facility, scheduled to be operational early next year, will have the capacity to treat up to 1 million gallons of non-potable water per day, according to the UConn blog. The reclaimed water from the $25 million facility will help run the university’s cogeneration plant, … Read more »

ArcelorMittal USA Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Jump 18.6%

Steel company ArcelorMittal USA’s normalized carbon emissions increased 18.6 percent year-on-year, according to the company’s latest corporate sustainability report. In 2010, the steel giant emitted 1.5 tons of CO2 for every ton of steel it produced. In 2011 this figure increased to 1.78 tons of CO2 per ton of steel. … Read more »

Industry Group: 204 Coal Power Plants to Close in Next 5 Years

Industry Group: 204 Coal Power Plants to Close in Next 5 Years

More than 200 coal-based generating plants are scheduled to shut down in the next three to five years, representing 31,000 MW of electric generating capacity, due in part to regulations issued by the EPA, according to an analysis released this week by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The … Read more »

Obama Sets National CHP Target

President Obama yesterday signed an executive order that sets a national goal of 40 GW of new combined heat and power (CHP) by the end of 2020. Additionally, the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program yesterday announced that five companies — Kingspan Insulated Panels, semiconductor manufacturer Cree, General Aluminum … Read more »

40 GW CHP Would Save $10bn a Year, Report Finds – But Barriers Remain

40 GW CHP Would Save $10bn a Year, Report Finds – But Barriers Remain

Achieving 40 GW of new combined heat and power by 2020 would save energy users $10 billion a year compared to current energy use and reduce emissions by 150 million metric tons of CO2 annually, according to a report by the Department of Energy and EPA. Combined Heat and Power: … Read more »

Houweling’s Installs 10.6 MW CHP, Capturing Carbon for Fertilizer

Houweling’s Installs 10.6 MW CHP, Capturing Carbon for Fertilizer

Houweling’s Tomatoes has installed a GE combined heat and power greenhouse project that captures CO2 for use in plant fertilization. The companies say the system — which provides 8.7 MW of electrical power and 10.6 MW of thermal power for heating the 125-acre glass greenhouse — is the first greenhouse … Read more »

Commercial CHP Market to Reach $11.2bn by 2022, Pike Says

Commercial CHP Market to Reach $11.2bn by 2022, Pike Says

The global market for commercial combined heat and power systems will reach $11.2 billion by 2022, with 80 GWe installed by that year, according to a report by Pike Research. In Combined Heat and Power for Commercial Buildings, the analysts estimate that 2012 annual revenue will reach $2.2 billion, with … Read more »