Cleveland Incinerator

Cleveland’s plan to build a garbage incinerator goes up in smoke

Cleveland Public Power doesn’t need an incinerator to meet “advanced energy” standards

CLEVELAND — “In its full page ads promoting the incinerator in January, CPP said the alternative to building the facility is to ‘keep doing what we are doing,’ including ‘continue buying 99.9 percent of our power from the market.’ CPP also said it needs to build the incinerator to ‘obtain electric generation that helps meet the Advanced Energy Portfolio Standards goals for CPP.’

Both of these claims are red herrings. CPP has in fact already signed long term ‘take or pay’ contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) to become, in effect, owners of at least 75 megawatts of baseload power and 60 megawatts of intermediate power that does not come from the market. The intermediate power has already come on line, and most of the other new plants are slated to go on line in 2012 and 2013. This means CPP has already committed to having at least 40 percent of its baseload power come from non-market sources.

These contracts include 50 megawatts of power from AMP’s new hydro plants on the Ohio River. The hydro power meets the city’s definition of ‘advanced energy,’ and will allow the city to fully meet, and likely surpass, its own standard of purchasing 15 percent of its power by renewable sources by 2015. CPP does not need a municipal waste incinerator to meet this standard.

Power from an incinerator would not be ‘clean’ or ‘green.’ Megawatt for megawatt, the proposed incinerator would be more polluting than a new coal-fired power plant, according to the incinerator’s proposed air pollution permit. At the public hearings, citizens urged CPP to invest in real sources of renewable energy and to investigate solar power, wind power and energy efficiency.”

— Sandy Buchanan, Eco Watch

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