Gov. Hogan Joins State Officials at Ribbon Cutting for Bioenergy Devco’s Anaerobic Digester

July 7, 2021

Gov. Hogan Joins State Officials at Ribbon Cutting for Bioenergy Devco’s Anaerobic Digester

Calls anaerobic digestion a waste gamechanger for Maryland’s economy and environment

(Jessup, MD) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, County Executive Calvin Ball, Director of Maryland Environmental Service (MES), Dr. Charles Glass and representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) gathered at Bioenergy Devco’s new anaerobic digestion facility in Jessup today to celebrate near completion of what will be the state’s largest anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. 

“For over six and a half years, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” remarked Governor Hogan. “We set a bold goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2030, and we’ve been leading by example to achieve that goal. Today as we cut the ribbon on this new Bioenergy Devco facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority, we are taking another step forward.”

Bioenergy Devco’s anaerobic digester, located on the Maryland Food Center campus, is a public-private partnership that began with a land lease between the parties and was approved by the Board of Public Works in February 2018. As part of ongoing efforts in Maryland to address the state’s growing solid waste challenges and associated greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from landfills and incineration, the Hogan Administration later granted more than $460,000 to support construction of the new facility. 

This project represents a $25 million capital investment in the state's green infrastructure and will create approximately 30 – 50 full-time jobs including construction and long-term maintenance and operation jobs. The American Biogas Council estimates that constructing anaerobic digestion facilities to meet Maryland’s clean energy potential would generate as much as $507 million in capital investments, 4,222 new construction jobs, and 280 permanent jobs.

Shawn Kreloff, CEO of Bioenergy Devco said “We are excited to offer a more efficient and environmentally responsible path for large-scale organic recycling. We are honored to have our flagship facility here in the state where the community and its leaders understand that what’s good for the environment can also be good for business.”

The digester’s completion represents an important part of building the capacity and infrastructure needed to successfully implement HB264/SB483, Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion – Food Residuals. Passed in last year’s legislative session, the bill will require businesses that generate two tons or more per week of excess food waste to separate and divert food residuals away from final disposal in landfills and incinerators beginning in January 2023.

In his remarks, Howard County Executive Ball said, “I am so delighted to join the Governor, Shawn, John Corso with Coastal Sunbelt and everyone with Bioenergy Devco’s Jessup facility, which is a great example of us working together to be the example of the intersection between the environment, business, growing our economy, and being on the road to recovery from COVID. This state-of-the-art facility will allow Howard County and our administration to address the challenges of organics and landfills and incineration, but also dramatically reduce the impact these wastes have on greenhouse gas emissions.”

In sharp contrast to landfilling and incineration, anaerobic digestion is a carbon-negative technology that does not emit pollutants. Bioenergy Devco’s Maryland Food Center digester will have the capacity to divert nearly 125,000 tons/year of organic and produce approximately 265,000 MMBtu/year of renewable energy. The process provides the same carbon sequestration impact as a forested area equal to 56 times the size of New York’s Central Park.

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2 thoughts on “Gov. Hogan Joins State Officials at Ribbon Cutting for Bioenergy Devco’s Anaerobic Digester”

  1. Nikunj

    Bioenergy is an innovative way to produce power and energy more efficiently. In the future, bio-based electricity generation could reduce our dependency on fossil fuels while providing a sustainable alternative for when those resources run low.

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