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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2013

VICTORY! Arizona Court Overturns Renewable Energy Credits for Incinerators

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/az-incinerator/

For the first time a court of law has disqualified trash burning as a non-renewable energy source. The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter in Arizona has been victorious in its challenge to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s ruling that trash burning could qualify for renewable energy credits.

On July 16, the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the Commission erred and abused its discretion in deciding to give renewable energy credits to the Mohave Electric Cooperative for the project it planned near Phoenix by the Reclamation Power Group.

The Sierra Club argued that burning trash to produce power was not a use intended under the state’s renewable energy standard, and that funds should be redirected to support truly renewable energy resources such as wind and solar. The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit last September challenging the Commission’s decision to allow trash burning to be considered a renewable energy resource.

“This decision is good news for clean renewable energy such as solar and wind,” said Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon chapter. “Promoting polluting and dated technologies such as burning trash to produce electricity would be a step backward for Arizona’s renewable energy programs.”

ILSR’s Brenda Platt worked with Jeff Morris of Sound Resource Management in preparing expert testimony for the case and assisting the Sierra Club and the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest in its analysis and submissions.  According to Brenda Platt, “This is a critical precedent as state renewable energy incentives perversely subsidize trash burners, making it more difficult for non-burn and safer reuse, recycling, and composting options to compete.  Now in Arizona this money can support legitimate renewable energy systems. Trash is not renewable.”

The average value of a renewable energy credit in 2010 in Massachusetts was between $20 and $40 per MWh.  (“Burning Recycling, “Resource Recycling, May 2013.)

For more information on the Arizona decision, view:

Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter & Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest press release.

Arizona News Tribune July 16th article, “Judge rules burning trash isn’t renewable energy”  here.

Arizona Star Net July 16th article: “Maricopa Superior Court: Trash burning not a renewable resource – Utility Can’t Use Incineration to Meet Mandate, Judge Says”  here.

For information and fact sheets on ILSR’s 2011 work in Maryland fighting the weakening of that state’s renewable portfolio standards, go to:
Trash Is Not Renewable

For additional data on the environmental, energy, and climate problems posed by trash incineration, see ILSR’s 2008 report, Stop Trashing the Climate.

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Stafford Incinerator in Virginia Not “Financially Beneficial”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stafford-incinerator-virginia-financially-beneficial/

The Regional Solid Waste Management Board that oversees the County and City of Fredericksburg landfill will not pursue a garbage and industrial waste incineration-gasification facility. The County received no bid that it considered financially beneficial to the County and City and dropped the project. StopTheStaffordIncinerator.com has submitted an FOI Request to obtain copies of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Update on the Proposed Frederick County and Carroll County, MD Garbage Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/update-proposed-frederick-county-carroll-county-md-garbage-incinerator/

Organized citizens and small business people of Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD have been fighting a proposed garbage incinerator for 8 years. Most recently the news has been filled with suggestions that the deal may be dissolving. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Working Partner Update: Austin Gets $1 Million Grant for Eco-Industrial Park

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/working-partner-update-austin-1-million-grant-eco-industrial-park/

ILSR and the City of Austin, Texas, have been working partners since the late 1980s, when a coalition of environmental groups, small businesses and progressive City Councilors rejected a garbage incinerator already under construction. The City Council closed down the project and initiated a path toward recycling, composting and use of low cost landfill which… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-paradigm-denmark/

Transitioning from incineration to recycling and composting in Denmark — A detailed article on this important policy  turn around is helpful in the debates on garbage incineration in the US, where incineration proponents point to the “success” of this technology in Northern Europe. Click here to read the full article on the Zero Waste Europe… Continue reading