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  • Turning Waste into Resiliency: Camden NJ’s Water-Energy Sustainability Loop and Microgrid

    Friday, December 13, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Deteriorated water infrastructure and brownfields sites are opportunities for cities to upgrade their water and energy infrastructure, and move toward green and resilient energy and water practices. Local institutions like the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) and Covanta Camden have teamed up with the NJ Board of Public Utilities, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and local stakeholders to design the region’s first water-energy sustainability loop and microgrid in Camden NJ. The Camden Microgrid will be a local resilient energy grid that is powered by methane from the anerobic digestion of sewage and the incineration of garbage, and share ‘gray’ water from CCMUA. In addition to powering the CCMUA and Covanta Camden, this Microgrid will also power critical institutions like schools, hospitals and city services when the regional grid is out. Further community resilient elements are being installed during the reuse of local brownfield sites, like the Phoenix Park project on the former American Minerals Site. At both Phoenix Park and in front of CCMUA’s plant, a ~1/2-mile long living resilient shoreline is being installed that will help protect over this neighborhood from storm-related event and sea level rise. Experts at CCMUA and NJDEP will share the opportunities for building resiliency components into critical institutions, brownfield sites and other entities, and offer ideas on building local resilient energy and water systems.
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