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.
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