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Forum looks at potential to power Ohio’s energy future from waste

Experts make the case that energy recovered from waste is an abundant, local source of alternative energy.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) co-hosted a policy forum in late September that brought together state and industry leaders to highlight growth in recycling as well as innovations and investments in energy recovery in Ohio.

State policy and industry experts, including Terrie TerMeer from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Dale Arnold from the Ohio Farm Bureau, made the case that energy recovered from waste is an abundant, local source of alternative energy that can help power Ohio’s homes, businesses and transportation—and jumpstart local economies.

The forum, hosted at the Rumpke Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Columbus, OH, included a discussion of recommendations to help state regulators and legislators develop programs and enact policies that will continue to promote energy recovery in Ohio. The forum also featured a panel of representatives from three Ohio companies that have already invested in new technologies that transform waste into energy: Vexor Technology, RES Polyflow, and Vadxx Energy.

“Ohio’s energy entrepreneurs are on the cutting edge of investments in energy recovery, and their story of innovation and homegrown energy should be retold in communities all across the country,” said Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the ACC. “Energy recovery in the United States holds the potential to power homes and businesses and can help address our growing population’s challenges of energy independence and waste diversion.”

Said OCTC president Jack Pounds, “Today’s event showcased innovators in our state like Vexor Technology, Vadxx Energy, and RES Polyflow who are helping to drive job growth and sustainable energy production in communities like Columbus, Medina, and Akron. Ohio’s success in generating energy from waste is possible by companies investing in these new technologies, which are already reducing waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills, as well as forward-thinking policymakers and supportive local governments in Ohio.”

The forum is a part of ACC’s campaign titled, “From Chemistry to Energy.” The campaign has laid out a comprehensive energy strategy that encourages the development of natural gas from shale while promoting energy efficiency, renewables, and alternative sources such as energy recovery. More information about the campaign and the policy remedies that were discussed the Ohio event is available.

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