The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is working to improve energy resiliency and emergency preparedness by establishing microgrids throughout the state. A microgrid is a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources that acts as a single controllable entity that can connect and disconnect from the grid.

Covanta and the Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA) are working together to assess connecting our EfW facility with CCMUA’s wastewater treatment facility and other critical facilities within the City of Camden. A microgrid system will provide electric power to CCMUA from Covanta while providing treated wastewater to Covanta, allowing us to reduce our use of potable water and lessen stress on the local aquifer system.

EfW facilities can be a resilient source of energy and waste management for communities. When weather and other natural events disrupt the grid, EfW facilities often remain operational, managing both routine waste and the resulting debris from those events, regardless of whether the grid is able to receive the power it can generate.