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Vicinity Energy to operate Kent County’s waste-to-energy facility

Kent County Waste to Energy

The nations decarbonization leader is partnering with Kent county operating its waste-to-energy facility

Kent County’s waste-to-energy facility incinerates the area’s non-hazardous solid waste. The Kent County Department of Public Works says it prevents 190,000 tons of waste from entering landfill. The energy it generates can power 11,000 homes.

The county has entered a partnership with Boston, Massachusetts-based Vicinity Energy to operate the Grand Rapids facility. Vicinity says it will provide reliable and sustainable services meeting and exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards.

As the nation’s leader in decarbonization, it can implement innovative solutions. Vicinity currently serves 11 U.S. cities including Grand Rapids’ district energy system providing clean steam heat to downtown users. Kent County says those customers enjoy a 38% lower annual carbon footprint compared with other heating sources.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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