Food-waste anaerobic digestion project gains approval in New York

By Erin Voegele | March 26, 2019

On March 20, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced The Long Island Power Authority’s board of trustees voted to approve the first stand-alone large-scale anaerobic digester in the New York City metropolitan area.

The project, under development by American Organic Energy at Long Island Compost in Yaphank, New York, will process approximately 180,000 tons of locally produced food waste each year. According to the governor’s office, AOE will work with GE Water and Scott’s Miracle-Gro to collect, separate, pre-process, break down, and transform food waste into convertible energy, electricity, fertilizer and nutrient-rich clean water.

The project is expected to be operational in 2020 and will produce 4 MW of clean energy. It will also create at least 10 full-time jobs and help retain more than 100 jobs. Cuomo’s office estimates the project will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on Long Island by 85,000 metric tons per year.

Development of the project is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Cleaner Greener Communities Initiative, which provided $1.35 million. The project was also chosen for a $400,000 Empire State Development award by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

The anaerobic digestion project supports Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that puts the state on a path to a carbon-free economy and supports New York’s goal of reducing GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Additional information is available on Cuomo’s website