Jefferson Renewable Energy, an alternative energy company developing a $317 million energy-from-waste plant in Smith Township, Ohio, has announced that Ohio EPA has issued a final air permit for the project, the first air permit issued in the United States for a new energy from waste plant in over a decade.
The air permit demonstrates Jefferson Renewable Energy’s leadership in the industry and moves it a step closer to building its proposed Mahoning Renewable Energy plant. The facility will produce 66 megawatts of power, enough to power 50,000 homes, and will use construction & demolition debris and pre-processed municipal solid waste, otherwise referred to as “Refuse-Derived Fuel” as its fuel source.
“The Air Permit approval we received from the Ohio EPA is a major milestone for our project,” said company President Gregory Benik. “Our approval puts us that much closer to a ground breaking and reflects our commitment to developing advanced, state-of-the-art plants that meet or exceed environmental safeguards. It also puts Ohio at the forefront in recognizing the need for alternative energy sources.”
Benik said the Mahoning County energy-from-waste plant will set the standard for future plants in the country based on his company’s commitment to employ the most advanced and efficient combustion and control technology available. The Mahoning Renewable Energy plant will rely on Advanced Stoker Boiler System and Control Technology developed by Babcock Power Environmental, Inc.
The company’s Senior Vice President and CFO, Richard Nicholson, said that Mahoning Renewable Energy has received soft commitments for debt financing from senior U.S. lenders and that the project is one of several being developed by Jefferson Renewable Energy using a wide range of best available demonstrated technologies for the conversion of biomass and waste materials for energy generation or biofuels production. The company is based in Warwick, Rhode Island and more information on the company may be found on its website at www.JRERI.com