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City of Cleveland schedules additional meetings on proposed CREG Center

OEPA extends comment period until February 23, 2012

On Thursday, January 26, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the second in a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period. Residents will have three minutes to offer a comment or pose a question.

Additional community meetings will be held on February 8, 2012 at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.; and February 9, 2012 at Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The deadline for submission has been extended until February 23, 2012.

WHO:     CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson

Division of Waste Commissioner Ron Owens

Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan

WHAT:    Community Meeting on CREG Center

 WHEN:   Thursday, January 26, 2012

6-9 p.m.

WHERE:     Zelma George Recreation Center

3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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Eastabrook Recreation Center site of Community Meeting on CREG Center

On Thursday, January 19, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the first of a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The current deadline for submission is January 23, 2012. If the deadline is extended, the City of Cleveland will send additional notices announcing the extension.

The City will also host a meeting on January 26, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Zelma George Recreation Center, 3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

WHO:        CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson

                  Division of Waste Commissioner Ron Owens

                   Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan

WHAT:        Community Meeting on CREG Center

 WHEN:       Thursday, January 19, 2012

                     6-9 p.m.

 WHERE:     Estabrook Recreation Center

                    4125 Fulton Road

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City of Cleveland to host Community Meetings on proposed CREG Center

CLEVELAND – On Thursday, January 19, 2012 Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson will lead the first of a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG).

Commissioner Henderson will be joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station.

The panel will offer a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period.

Residents wishing to submit comments to the Ohio EPA regarding the draft air permit, please submit them to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The current deadline for submission is January 23, 2012. If the deadline is extended, the City of Cleveland will send additional notices announcing the extension.

The City will also host a meeting on January 26, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Zelma George Recreation Center, 3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

For more information visit http://www.cpp.org/CREGCenter.html or follow us on twitter – @cppgreen

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CREG Center – What is gasification?

In the simplest terms gasification is the process of turning a solid into a gas; however when discussing the Cleveland Recycling Energy Generation (CREG) Center a more appropriate definition would be the creation of fuel gas from municipal solid waste.

Gasification is commonly mistaken as being synonymous with incineration; however the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a definition of a Municipal Waste Combustor which aligns itself with the process proposed for the CREG Center.

According to the Federal Register the definition is as follows:

 “Municipal waste combustor, MWC, or municipal combustor unit: (1) Means any setting or equipment that combusts solid, liquid, or gasified MSW including, but not limited to, field-erected incinerators (with or without heat recovery), modular incinerators (starved-air or excess-air), boilers (i.e., steam-generating units), furnaces (whether suspension-fired, grate-fired, mass-fired, or air curtain incinerators, or fluidized bed-fired), and pyrolosis/combustion units.”

Key to the success of this method is the removal of harmful pollutants before gasification.

The steps taken at the CREG Center to lower emissions are:

Municipal Solid Waste will be:

  • Sorted at the material recovery facility to remove additional recyclables and items that contain harmful pollutants;
  • Shredded and prepared for pelletization;
  • Made into pellets;
  • Gasified and converted to a synthetic gas (syngas) that is similar to natural gas;
  • The syngas will be combusted like natural gas to fire a boiler that produces steam for electric generation; and
  • Emissions will be controlled through state of the art air pollution control equipment.

To make sure you have the facts about the CREG Center, visit http://www.cpp.org/CREGCenter.html

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What is the CREG Center?

The Cleveland Recycling & Energy Generation Center (CREG Center) is a comprehensive solution to Cleveland’s recycling and energy needs. It is the result of more than four years worth of research into ways in which the City of Cleveland can become a more sustainable entity through the reduction of its operating costs and its carbon footprint, the reduction in its reliance on the open market for energy and the ability to create new revenue streams and create jobs.

Four years ago Mayor Frank G. Jackson mandated Cleveland Public Power to increase its advanced renewable energy sources in the generation and purchase of power. The goals he set forth were 15% by 2015, 20% by 2020 and 25% by 2025. To that end, Cleveland Public Power has researched the ways in which they can achieve that goal, and garner a positive impact for the entire region. The utility looked at hydro, wind, landfill gas and other options before choosing gasification – a decision that will not only help CPP, but the entire City and the region.

The establishment of The CREG Center will accelerate the City of Cleveland’s curbside recycling program and will divert 90-95% of its municipal solid waste away from landfills. The carbon footprint of the City will be reduced due to a decrease in outbound truck traffic to landfills from both Cleveland and some adjoining communities. In addition to helping the environment by reducing the City’s reliance on landfill space, the Center will result in a financial savings to the City through lower tipping fees. Finally, post recycled waste that does not have harmful pollutants will be turned into fuel pellets, that can ultimately be converted to 15 megawatts of electricity.

The CREG Center works well for the City of Cleveland because trash collection is still handled by the City and Cleveland Public Power could benefit from the electricity generated. Most importantly the project would move Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s vision of a “zero waste” and sustainable community forward.

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Delegates return home from Far East with positive outlook

The Cleveland delegation visiting the Far East returned on Saturday. After a long week of visits to manufacturing plants and observing the different processes for transforming waste into energy, Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson reports, “The consensus is that we learned a lot and believe that this is a real opportunity for the City. Both technical and economic development opportunities appear real and sound.”

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The Road to Shanghai

It was an uneventful flight from Japan to China today. Once in China, and on the road to Shanghai, we witnessed a couple unusual sights that reminded us of how different life is here. Nonetheless, we were awed by the endless high rise buildings that are home to the 16 million people here. We had a late introduction and dinner meeting with a boiler and a turbine manufacturer and also the design engineers of the waste to energy plant we will visit tomorrow. That plant does not gasify the waste, instead it incinerates it. What we will see relevant to our desired process is the sorting steps they use at that facility and the production of syngas from MSW and the production of power from that syngas.

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Plain Dealer reports on fact-finding mission

The fact-finding mission to Asia has generated some publicity from Cleveland’s daily newspaper The Plain Dealer. Reporter John Funk writes about the trip on the front page of today’s business section.

You will find more here.

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Day 3 – Delegates travel by bullet train; view on-site gasifer demo unit

Bullet Train, courtesy of japaneselifestyle.com.auThe group began the day on a bullet train going from Tokyo to Taken. The train lived up to expectations and moved almost effortlessly and gracefully. (You’d have to Map Quest the distance but it was only a 45 minute ride.) We took a taxi to the Company’s Headquarters and were warmly greeted by the founder and president Mr. Masamoto and seven of his top managers and leaders. Introductions followed with business card presenting and then the group got down to business.

We were given a tour of their manufacturing building and the on-site gasifier demo unit. After that we had a couple hours of Q&A, observed the start up of the gasifier, a break for lunch, more Q&A, monitoring of the now in-process gasification process,  more Q&A, a short video presentation, and ended the day with a final round of Q&A. Mr. Masamoto and his staff answered all of our questions and made an effort to  be as transparent as possible.  At the end of the day, all of the employees (around 60)  lined up to see us off.
We will continue the Q&A Wednesday. Tomorrow we will take a bus to see customers that are using the patented equipment. We will also meet with one of the companies we would like to attract to Cleveland. The translator will join us and will go with us to explain the customer’s application. I’m sure more Q&A will follow. Our group is asking a lot of questions.

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CPP leaders visit China, Japan to investigate MSWE plants

Saturday, August 22, the City of Cleveland will lead a delegation to China and Japan on a week long fact finding mission to observe solid waste to energy conversion facilities in operation.  The Group will also meet with foreign advanced energy companies to discuss locating their U.S. operations in Cleveland. The delegation is composed of Richard Stuebi from the Cleveland Foundation; Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the City of Cleveland; Ivan Henderson, Interim Assistant Director of Public Utilities; Ron Owens, Commissioner of Waste Collection; Jose Hernandez, Engineer at the Cleveland Water Department; Councilman Matthew Zone; Larry Marquis from American Municipal Power; and Rahim Rahim from RNR Consulting.  The delegation will visit facilities that utilize gasification to produce electric power by processing municipal solid waste in a patented process that presents near zero environmental emissions. While abroad, the team will visit Kinsei Sangyo Co. Ltd., Marutoku Environmental Services and BML Corporation in Takasaki, Japan.  The delegation will also tour the state of the art Shanghai Pu-tong Municipal Solid Waste to Energy plant in China.

Although the technology has been used abroad for over 30 years, Cleveland would offer the first U.S. application.  Coupled with the City’s recycling program, Cleveland’s approach would be the first of its kind.

“Cleveland’s facility would serve as a foundation to nurture the growth of the advanced energy technology industry, facilitate the business development of local advanced energy companies and to propel Cleveland and the region to the front of the international stage of advanced energy technology development,” Mayor Jackson explained.

“This project is one way to attract foreign investment and jobs to Cleveland as new businesses emerge and as the advanced energy market grows in Cleveland and World-wide,” said Public Utilities Director Barry Withers.

This fact finding mission comes on the heels of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit which took place last week; the waste to energy project is part of Mayor Jackson’s movement to redefine Cleveland’s economy through sustainability.  CPP would use the electricity from the facility to help meet its Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard goals established in legislation passed last year that set goals for advanced and renewable energy in CPP’s power supply at 15% by 2015, 20% by 2020 and 25% by 2025.

CPP commenced research and development efforts for the municipal solid waste to energy project dating back to 2007.

“CPP’s approach is a true sustainability model featuring recycling and waste-to-energy technology that minimizes wastes, produces electricity and has low environmental impact,” said Assistant Director Henderson.

Earlier this year, the Mayor formed a Steering Team composed of City of Cleveland employees and leaders in the community to investigate the feasibility of moving forward with the development of a MSWE plant in Cleveland. This trip abroad is part of that investigation, and will offer the team members the opportunity to see first hand the operation of a MSWE facility in person. The Steering Team’s role is to help guide and develop the project.

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