‘Waste-to-energy’ proposal is back

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AMID concerns among some lawmakers about the situation in the Marpi landfill, the company that has been proposing a “waste-to-energy” project is back on Saipan.

On Friday, members of the House of Representatives listened to a presentation of Alliance Federated Energy or AFE, which offers an “environmentally sustainable technology that converts waste to energy using plasma gasification.”

AFE made the same presentation in March 2013.

Right now, members of the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communication are concerned that the government continues to spend about $79,000 a month on a landfill operator whose contract expired in October last year.

The operator, some lawmakers said, is operating the landfill using “unreliable” equipment.

In the 19th Legislature, the House adopted Rep. Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero’s House Resolution 19-11 requesting then-Gov. Eloy S. Inos “to expedite the process” of acquiring a waste-to-energy technology, referring to the proposal of AFE—the only firm that responded to a request for proposals issued by DPW at that time.

Deleon Guerrero said the RFP for a waste-to-energy project remains in effect to this day.

“In essence, the administration [back] then instructed DPW to prepare a contract with [the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.] as buyer of the by-product synthetic fuel to generate one of its engines capable to handle 3-4 megawatts. So in essence, the RFP has not been cancelled so we can still move forward with a contract,” Deleon Guerrero said.

Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, AFE said it “offers cost-effective energy solutions or supplemental energy supply, 100% waste recycling options and an alternative to land filling and incineration of waste.”

It said the technology can come up with by-products that can be used as construction materials.

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