Alternative fuels from organic and inorganic feedstock can be used for space heating, power generation, and transportation. Sources of feedstock that can be used for power generation include agricultural and forest residues, energy crops, algae, organic fraction of municipal solid waste (MSW), wastewater and food waste. Since New Jersey is a densely populated State, large quantities of wastewater, food waste, and MSW are generated. Electricity generated by fuels from these feedstocks could qualify for either Class I or Class II renewable energy certificates (RECs) in NJ.
BES continues to collaborate with NJDEP regulatory programs, NJBPU, and academic institutions in the State to assess the feasibility and cost effectiveness of converting waste streams such as wastewater, food waste, and MSW into high quality alternative fuels for power generation. This will allow facilities to reduce operating costs by using electricity generated onsite, rather than being reliant on the PJM grid. More importantly, such applications will prevent the release of methane and other air pollutants into the atmosphere thus reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutants emissions in the State.
For more information, visit:
Bioenergy Technologies Office, Department of Energy
Landfill Methane Outreach Program, EPA
NJ Clean Energy Program, NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU)