This morning, the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) announced that they will hold an Open House and Special Meeting on Tuesday, September 29 to discuss the Waste-to-Energy Project. The Open House will run from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00, followed by a special meeting of the WPCA Board of Directors at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Administration building of the WPCA on Harborview Avenue in Stamford. Please enter the WPCA plant from the southern end of Harborview Avenue and follow signs for parking.
The Open House will include materials and staff from Nexterra Systems Corp., the firm that is under contract with the WPCA to design the proposed alternative energy project, as well as staff from the WPCA. The Project entails construction of a gasification system that will use wood waste to generate heat to dry sewage sludge. The sludge drying system currently relies on natural gas for heat. With the offset of natural gas, the Project will reduce costs for the WPCA and ratepayers, while switching from a fossil fuel to a carbon-neutral source of energy. The completion of the project will also create opportunities for future phases with additional financial and environmental benefits to Stamford.
Interested citizens will be given the opportunity to tour the site of the proposed project and the existing state-of-the-art sludge drying facility. WPCA Director Jeanette Brown, senior representatives of Nexterra and others will be on hand to answer questions about this progressive environmental project.
The special meeting will include formal presentations on the financial and technical aspects of the project. There will be an opportunity for public comment as well. I strongly encourage all citizens who are interested in this leading-edge alternative energy technology and its application in Stamford to attend this event.