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The Case for WTE as a Renewable Source of Energy

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Nickolas J. Themelis, Karsten Millrath

Columbia University, New York, NY

Paper No. NAWTEC12-2206, pp. 15-22; 8 pages
  • 12th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • 12th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • Savannah, Georgia, USA, May 17–19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Solid Waste Processing Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3736-X
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The combustion of municipal solid wastes for generating electricity (Waste-To-Energy) has been recognized by several states as a renewable source of energy. Yet, there has been determined opposition by some environmental groups to including WTE in the portfolio of renewable energy sources that will benefit from a tax credit designed to decrease reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels. While WTE is considered worldwide as a solid waste management option, the recognition and acceptance of WTE as a clean source of energy still requires public involvement and education. This paper will examine the “pro” and “con” arguments for considering WTE as a renewable energy source.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Waste-to-energy



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