New York City issues RFP for waste-to-energy plant

By Anna Austin | March 08, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a request for proposals (RFP) to construct a facility that will convert trash into energy and help reach the goal of diverting 75 percent of the city's waste from landfills.

The RFP directs private sector firms to submit plans for a pilot facility using reliable, cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally sound waste-to-clean-energy technology. The facility must be located in New York City or within 80 miles of it, Bloomberg said, and it would begin by processing a maximum of 450 tons of waste per day. 

The city currently processes approximately 10,000 tons of waste per day.

Other terms include that the city will not provide any capital funding for the proposed facility, and will pay a per-ton fee to the operator. The RFP is seeking only the cleanest and latest waste-to-energy technologies and it specifically excludes conventional incineration or mass burn proposals.

Proposals to build and operate the conversion facility are due by June 5. The city will evaluate them based on the company’s experience with the proposed technology, the quality of the technical proposal and environmental compliance data, and the commitment to environmental justice and community outreach plans.  

If the initial pilot is successful, the facility will be expanded to process 900 tons of waste per day, according to the Mayor Bloomberg’s office. The city has already been evaluating several new and emerging conversion facilities that use technologies such as anaerobic digestion, gasification and hydrolysis.