A properly deployed Organics to Energy project can empower the citizens of communities large and small. If the decades ahead move us into a world of numerous facilities on a localized level, one could say history is repeating itself.
Soon after the dawn of the incandescent light in the 1880’s our world witnessed the start of a centralized system for delivering power. This did not come easy as the race to build the future and make money collided with the personal interests of inventors and scientists. Once electric light came to be the next step was a distribution system. The result is what we know as the ‘grid’.
Before the development of our modern utility system power and gas were delivered on a local scale. The maintenance and operation of these systems was managed on a local or municipal level. The centralized system brought power to the masses during the great depression of the 1930’s. Many today feel the grid’s advantages are outweighed by financial or other limiting factors.
Consider for a moment what your community may be like if it controlled its own energy. In Massachusetts we’ve proven that, when properly deployed, projects using Solar or Wind are a positive for energy delivery, employment opportunity and environmental security. By and large these projects produce a portion of a host community’s energy needs through various programs like net metering.
Now imagine if municipalities large and small increased their energy independence by converting all local or regional organic waste (agricultural, wastewater, food, etc) into valuable gas energy. Gas available for use in municipal fleets or to produce electricity. Consider a situation where each facility is capable of producing other valuable products as a result of one simple but powerful process.
By making use of Organics to Energy development with technologies like Anaerobic Digesters communities can realize a host of such benefits. Regional or local planning boards can opt to control projects or engage with Design/Build/Own/Operate firms that externalize costs and risks while realizing municipal benefits.
The financial benefits can be significant. Cities and towns can generate revenue through energy production and by producing valuable fertilizer products while reducing their costs for waste disposal. The right AD facility can take pressure off of a regional waste water treatment plant, potentially saving municipal and regional entities millions in maintenance and development costs. This type of savings is also possible in the maintenance and development of landfills.
When coupled with other ‘independence’ projects such as municipal broadband, organics to energy has the potential to empower the people of rural and urban regions alike. After decades of de-stabilization of labor and energy our communities desire to spurn entrepreneurship while exacting less cost to the environment.
Scott Graves is passionate about helping business owners. Tune in to his podcast series ‘No Boundaries Radio’ on the No Boundaries Radio Network. Meet him at the crossroads between strategy and innovation at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @smgcreative.