Baltimore Incineration Plan Could Get Millions in Subsidies Thanks to Maryland Law

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | | Updated on Dec 20, 2017

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Should burning garbage in downtown Baltimore be given $10 million in subsidies since 2011 because the state of Maryland calls it ‘green’?

The garbage incineration/Renewable Energy Porfolio Standard (RPS) nexus is discussed in the Baltimore Sun‘s series Power Struggle; “How a Trash-Incinerator-Baltimore’s Biggest Polluter-Became ‘Green’ Energy”.

The waste-to-energy industry helped write the state legislation that qualifies it for the coveted subsidies under the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Maryland is the only state to award such Tier 1 status to trash-burning. This puts the incinerator on par with wind energy under the RPS.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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