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Ohio Announces American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Awards Transforming Waste to Value


Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel has announced that 11 Ohio projects will receive $10 million in grant awards funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Program. The funds will be used to convert feedstocks, such as municipal solid wastes, food and farm wastes, or other biomass or waste materials, to electricity, heat, fuel, and/or other bio-products.

“These funds give businesses the ability to literally convert waste into economic value,” Patt-McDaniel said. “This program does more than offer businesses an opportunity to grow and prosper: it accelerates Ohio’s position as an advanced energy leader by enhancing energy efficiency.”

The grant program is part of $96 million allocated to Ohio through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Program. The program supports Ohio’s strategic investment in the advanced energy industries through greater deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in the state, increased job preservation and creation, and enhanced energy efficiency for Ohioans.

Proposals for the Transforming Waste to Value program were accepted beginning June 25, 2010.  Projects submitted were selected through a competitive review process based on several criteria, including: a match investment of a minimum of 25 percent of total costs, project completion within 12 months, and direct economic impact to Ohio by creating and retaining jobs.

Awarded projects exemplify the goals of the Recovery Act’s State Energy Program to accelerate renewable energy development in Ohio by creating or preserving jobs and reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Each business benefited will acquire and operate an anaerobic digester which allows microorganisms to break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. This process is essential in managing waste and/or the release of energy for both industrial and domestic purposes.


Recipients:

 

Comp Dairy Energy (Dorset Township, Ashtabula County), will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester in Dorset Township. The dairy will supply 66 wet tons of manure per day, and a waste hauler will supply 66 wet tons of regional fats, oil, and grease per day to generate more than 4.7 million kWh of electricity and 22,910 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

French Creek BioEnergy, LLC (Sheffield Village, Lorain County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester for the City of North Ridgeville’s “French Creek” Waste Water Treatment Plant in Sheffield Village. The treatment plant will supply the digester with 20.5 wet tons of biosolids per day, and a waste hauler will supply 57 wet tons of regional biosolids, mixed soaps, and food waste per day to generate approximately 5.5 million kWh of electricity and 13,850 MMBtu of thermal heat annually. 

Forest City Land Development, LLC (City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County) will receive $1 million to construct and operate an anaerobic digester on a site that was once a General Motors Fisher Body Plant in Cleveland. A waste hauler will supply the digester with 88 wet tons of mixed biomass per day to generate more than 5 million kWh of electricity and 23,200 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

Haviland Co. (Village of Haviland, Paulding County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester in Paulding County. A waste hauler will supply the digester with 92 wet tons of mixed biomass per day to generate more than 8.6 million kWh of electricity and 40,600 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

Hord Livestock, Inc. (City of Bucyrus, Crawford County) will receive $500,000 to install an on-farm anaerobic digester and cogeneration system to convert approximately 7.7 million gallons of beef and swine manure and 230,000 gallons of food waste to 2.9 million kWh of renewable electricity and 21,000 MMBtu of thermal energy annually.  


Lime Lake Energy LLC

(City of Norton, Summit County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester on 200 acres undergoing reclamation by PPG Industries, Inc. in the City of Norton. A waste hauler will supply 52.1 wet tons of mixed biomass per day to generate more than 3.5 million kWh of electricity and 16,800 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

Northwest BioEnergy (Toledo, Lucas County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester in Lucas County. A waste hauler will supply the digester with 90 wet tons of mixed biomass per day to generate more than 5.3 million kWh of electricity and 25,900 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

Sidco-Development, Inc. (City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester to transform regional biomass waste into renewable energy to power the neighboring limestone mining operations in the City of St. Clairsville. A waste hauler will supply the digester with 90 wet tons of mixed biomass per day to generate more than 7.5 million kWh of electricity and 34,700 MMBtu of thermal heat annually. 

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) (Grove City, Franklin County) will receive $500,000 for the expansion of a gas collection system. SWACO expects to capture an additional 158,900 MMBtu per year of landfill gas from this expansion, which equates to a savings of 128,141 short tons of CO2 annually.

Wooster Renewable Energy, LLC (City of Wooster, Wayne County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester at the City of Wooster’s Water Pollution Control Plant. The treatment plant will supply the digester with 73 wet tons of biosolids per day, and a waste hauler will supply 60 wet tons of regional food waste per day to generate more than 5.7 million kWh of electricity and 25,230 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

Zanesville Energy, LLC (City of Zanesville, Muskingum County) will receive $1 million to own and operate an integrated anaerobic digestion system in Muskingum County. The system will lower operating costs by reducing or eliminating liquid effluent treatment and handling, producing a salable, compost-like material, and substantially increasing energy generation potential of the current operation. A waste hauler will supply the digester with 84 wet tons of mixed biomass per day to generate 5.5 million kWh of electricity and 19,620 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

For more information about the State Energy Program and project details, please visit: http://www.development.ohio.gov/recovery/StateEnergyProgram/Awards.htm.

The Ohio Energy Resources Division works to grow the economy of the state by connecting companies and communities to financial and technical resources in order to deploy renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.

Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the non-profit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, deal-making, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is absolutely necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio’s future.

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