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September 28, 2017

Going green: Camden County utility moves off the electric grid

Municipal Utility Authority trades treated wastewater for electricity

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Camden County Municipal Utility Authority Photo courtesy/CCMUA

The Camden County Municipal Utility Authority is dropping off the electric grid.

Camden County's Municipal Utility Authority is now generating all of its own electricity.

The utility is sending 1 million gallons of treated and filtered effluent for cooling water per day to the Covanta Camden Energy Recovery Center, officials said.

In return, Covanta is sending excess electricity from its trash-to-steam operation back to the CCMUA, making it independent of the electric grid.

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Its energy independence will reduce vulnerability to power outages, ensure reliability during a natural disaster and cut hundreds of thousands of dollars in electrical costs

The exchange will also reduce the CCMUA’s carbon footprint.