Local Community Rallies Behind Covanta
It’s gratifying to know that just as we are committed to the communities in which we operate, many communities also see Covanta as an integral part of their local economic engine. In 2016, high operating costs and low profitability put our EfW facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts–our oldest operating facility–on the brink of closure. The closure could have had a cascading economic impact on other local businesses, including our client Crane Currency, the only manufacturer of paper for U.S. currency, which uses our steam in its production process.
Thanks to a dedicated group of local and state leaders that helped facilitate important ways to make our continued operation financially viable, we were able to keep the facility open. From Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, many stakeholders helped secure the measures that made the difference for Covanta, including state energy bill amendments, energy credits and more than $500,000 in grant funding from the City of Pittsfield. Annually, the facility produces over 450 million pounds of steam, as well as 3.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity used for facility operations.