Baltimore Incineration Plan Could Get Millions in Subsidies Thanks to Maryland Law

Baltimore Incineration Plan Could Get Millions in Subsidies Thanks to Maryland Law

Date: 20 Dec 2017 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Should burning garbage in downtown Baltimore be given $10 million in subsidies since 2011 because the state of Maryland calls it ‘green’?

The garbage incineration/Renewable Energy Porfolio Standard (RPS) nexus is discussed in the Baltimore Sun‘s series Power Struggle; “How a Trash-Incinerator-Baltimore’s Biggest Polluter-Became ‘Green’ Energy”.

The waste-to-energy industry helped write the state legislation that qualifies it for the coveted subsidies under the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Maryland is the only state to award such Tier 1 status to trash-burning. This puts the incinerator on par with wind energy under the RPS.

See the full story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-trash-incineration-20171107-story.html.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.