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ACUA Pre-Qualifies Vendors and is Awarded Technical Assistance in Pursuit of Solid Waste Conversion Project

Jan 18, 2024

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) is moving closer towards its goal of implementing a viable solid waste conversion project at its Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Waste-to-energy or solid waste conversion technologies provide an alternative to landfilling and have the potential to create energy or recycled by-products from material that is normally considered trash.

Three vendors with the qualifications to develop such a project were selected in December 2023 to submit formal proposals. The three vendors are: EnviroPower Renewable Development, Inc., Juno, LLC, and MBL Technology, LLC. 

The vendors were selected from a group of submissions to ACUA’s request for qualifications that was released in October 2023. An official request for proposal (RFP) will be released during the second quarter of 2024 to accept submissions from the three pre-qualified vendors.

“The vendors were selected for their ability to develop a project that is achievable and works well with our waste stream here in Atlantic County,” said ACUA President Matthew DeNafo.

In addition to narrowing down potential projects, ACUA will also receive strategic advice from national experts that will aid in the process. The Authority was named in early January as one of 17 recipients to participate in the 2023 Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program from the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The program provides data and technical expertise to local governments pursuing waste-to-energy projects.

“ACUA has always prioritized alternative solutions for managing solid waste and has been actively pursuing a viable project since 2008. Technology has advanced since our initial search, and the need to divert waste streams has only increased,” said DeNafo. “We are excited to move forward with the formal proposal process and informing the community along the way.”

LEARN MORE: Read our previous blog post, "The New Frontier of Waste Conversion Technologies," that shares more about solid waste conversion technologies.