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More Stable “Green” Electricity Needed

DATE: 26 MARCH 2008

More Stable “Green” Electricity Needed

Recent electricity price spikes due to lack of wind is prompting Wastesaver NZ to renew calls for its waste technology to be used for the generation of electricity which has no environmental impact says Wastesaver NZ Chief Executive John Fistonich.

“There is obviously a concern that the growing reliance on wind power may mean the power grid is at greater risk when there is no wind, whereas a Wastesaver plant would be considered to be a base load station, providing a continuous power supply” says Mr Fistonich.

Mr Fistonich believes that Wastesaver Plants installed in New Zealand will make a useful contribution to New Zealand’s electricity supply as well as dealing with household rubbish in an environmentally responsible manner.

The environmentally responsible waste technology which is being seriously considered by a number of New Zealand Councils, will turn household rubbish into electricity explains Mr Fistonich.

“A Wastesaver plant processing 500 tonnes of household rubbish per day can generate up to 15 megawatt hours of electricity to households, at very low rates, without causing any pollution to the atmosphere, all using conventional technologies readily available” he says.

The Wastesaver process reduces waste volumes by up to 90% and recovers all available recyclables. It is in line with the Governments zero waste policy and is a truly long term solution to a sustainable New Zealand.

Mr Fistonich believes it is a cost effective, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to landfilling or incineration and reduces the amount of waste requiring land fill by up to 90%.

“That’s a massive change for the positive for New Zealand’s environment and maintaining our international reputation of being clean and green” says Mr Fistonich.


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