Authority signs 15-year operating extension for Central Pa. waste-to-energy facilities
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, owner of waste-to-energy facilities in Dauphin and Lancaster counties, has extended its working relationship with New Jersey-based Covanta.
The two parties said today that they have signed a deal extending until 2032 Covanta's agreement to operate the authority's Lancaster Waste-to-Energy facility in Lancaster County and the Harrisburg incinerator, known formally as the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex.
Covanta is the largest annual expense for LCSWMA, authority spokeswoman Kathryn Sandoe said. LCSWMA is budgeting about $33 million this year in operations and maintenance for both facilities, she said.
The midstate facilities process around 700,000 tons of waste annually, according to LCSWMA.
The Lancaster facility processes about 1,200 tons of solid waste every day, enough to power 30,000 homes continuously. The Harrisburg facility processes about 800 tons daily, which generates about 23 megawatts of renewable energy for the state Capitol complex.
Harrisburg was on the brink of municipal bankruptcy and entered the state's Act 47 program for distressed municipalities at the end of 2010 largely because of debt woes tied to the incinerator.
Shares of Covanta are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CVA.