• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Biogas-to-energy facility for PWD plant in Bridesburg



The Philadelphia Water Department has awarded a $47.5 million contract to a Massachusetts renewable energy firm to build a biogas-to-energy facility at the Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant.

The Business Journal reports that Ameresco got a 16-year contract to design, construct and maintain a new biogas facility at the Bridesburg plant, which will generate heat and electricity from methane captured in the plant’s digesters. The project is expected to save the Water Department $12 million in energy costs through the contract term.

The biogas project is a priority outlined in the city's Greenworks plan, as part of the energy targets geared at sourcing renewable energy for the city's electricity demand. The new biogas facility could produce 50% of the treatment plant’s electricity use.

The project is financed by Bank of America's Energy Services unit and qualifies for an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding.


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