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Covanta Hennepin Profile

Hennepin County-MN Recognizes the Benefits of Energy-from-Waste

Waste Not from Christopher Baker on Vimeo.

Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins play at Target Field in Minneapolis next door to the Hennepin Energy Resource Center (HERC), the Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility operated by Covanta which has provided green jobs and  sustainable, post-recycled solid waste disposal for area citizens for over 20 years. Target Field has achieved LEED© Silver certification due to its numerous green initiatives such as disposing post-recycled waste at HERC and using the steam generated as part of the EfW process to heat the field and other areas of the stadium.

Target Field is just one of many Hennepin County  (Minnesota's largest county) businesses benefitting from HERC. The county-owned facility is designed to process 1,212 tons-per-day of mixed municipal solid waste, generating up to 39.6 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. Approximately 33.7 MW are sold to Xcel Energy Co. to provide electricity for 25,000 homes each year, with the rest of the electricity recycled and reused by the facility throughout the EfW process.

In 2011, the facility was selected as the subject of a video art project created by Christopher Baker, an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. Above is Baker's “Waste Not” art video which feaures images and messages projected directly on HERC's exterior that explore the true scale of waste production and energy consumption in Minneapolis while showcasing the benefits of energy-from-waste.