The Wheelabrator Baltimore energy-from-waste facility uses up to 2,250 tons of post-recycled everyday waste from Baltimore area homes and businesses as a local, sustainable fuel to generate as much as 64 MW of clean, renewable electricity for sale to the local utility — the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 40,000 Maryland homes as well as its own operations. The plant provides steam to the downtown heating loop — which serves more than 255 businesses including M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens — in addition to providing power to thousands of Baltimore-area homes, using local waste as fuel to create a local-energy ecosystem that recycles metals, provides power, reduces the need for landfill, and lowers CO2 emissions.
In December 2009, Baltimore County extended its initial term for an additional 15 years in three, five-year renewal terms, recognizing the value of using local waste as fuel to create a local-energy ecosystem that recycles metals, provides power and steam, lowers CO2 by offsetting the use of fossil fuels and reduces methane emissions from landfills.
A significant partner in the City of Baltimore’s revitalization for the past 30 years, Wheelabrator has helped the city reduce its carbon footprint while providing Tier 1 renewable energy to tens of thousands of Maryland homes and businesses. In addition, it has been a supporter and contributor to several green initiatives within the city, including its Cleaner Greener Campaign, as well as partnering with and engaging a number of city schools on environmental projects.
One year after it began operations, Wheelabrator Baltimore opened the Aquaculture Center to raise threatened fish species such as large-mouth bass, rock fish, and yellow perch that are released into Maryland rivers in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facility also supports numerous local and regional organizations including local schools, the South Baltimore Learning Center, the Westport Boys & Girls Clubs, the South Baltimore Rowing Club, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with employee volunteerism and program funding.
“It is because of corporate partners like Wheelabrator that the South Baltimore Learning Center is able to provide the path for more than 1000 adult learners annually. Your philanthropic spirit helps those who seek to increase their literacy levels, earn their high school diploma and ultimately improve their lives and the lives of their families. Thank you for being our longest term, major corporate sponsor.”
- Annmarie Westerfield, Executive Director, South Baltimore Learning Center
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