Microgrid

Microgrid

Camden County, along with the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (“CCMUA”), proposes to establish a community microgrid in Camden City. The project envisions connecting CCMUA with Covanta to allow the two facilities to exchange electrical and thermal energy during emergency and non-emergency times based on the needs of CCMUA and its connected microgrid community partners. The interconnection of the two facilities will allow Covanta to replace its use of potable water with treated wastewater for its power production operations, as part of a sustainability loop that would be created. This treated wastewater supply is expected to reduce stress on the local aquifer system. Other facilities that will benefit from the microgrid include Camden Housing Authority, Riletta Cream and H.B. Wilson Elementary Schools, New Village Supermarket, Fellowship House, Fortunas, and Citgo Gas.

Funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the microgrid feasibility study will evaluate the technical and financial viability of providing DER to most if not all of the study areas’ electrical needs while using excess heat from the Covanta WTE facility to offset thermal loads of the CCMUA. In turn, water from CCMUA could be used to decrease Covanta’s potable water use. This self-sustainable system would also provide continuity of operations to critical public safety infrastructure (shelters, police, fire and medical) during times of natural or man-made disasters.

The estimated time to complete the feasibility study is 12 months. The total incentive amount is $150,000 for Camden County.

The sustainability loop project has generated wide interest. Some of the news coverage can be viewed here: