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Energy-from-Waste Facility

Covanta Springfield, LLC
Agawam, Massachusetts

Covanta Springfield, LLC, also known as the Pioneer Valley Resource Recovery Facility, is compactly located on approximately five acres across the Connecticut River from the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Pioneer Valley facility commenced operations in 1988, and is permitted to combust 408 tons per day of solid waste generated from residential and commercial operations throughout Western Massachusetts. The facility serves the needs of 16 long-term contract communities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition to the three units, the facility also has an attached 500 tons per day transfer station. Covanta Springfield produces 9.4 megawatts (MW) of energy, of which 7.5 MW is sold to Northeast Utilities. During its operating history, the facility has offset the use of 27,000 gallons of oil per day, thereby reducing the need for additional oil or coal fired utilities in the sensitive Pioneer Valley region.

This Energy-from-Waste facility was one of the first in the United States to successfully co-combust wastewater treatment plant sludge and fats, oil and grease (FOG) with municipal solid waste.

Technical Data

Facility Address:

188 M Street Extension
Agawam, MA 01001
(413) 785-5120


5.3 acres owned by Covanta Springfield, LLC

Commercial Operation:


Energy-from-Waste System:

Three 136 ton-per-day Enercon (Pioneer Plus™) mass-burn refractory lined combustors with ash separating and eco/Tech sludge co-combustion (SRS) systems

Boiler Design:

650 pounds per square inch gauge (psig)/750°F superheater outlet conditions

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Activated carbon injection with dry lime injection, followed by fabric filter baghouse for fly ash collection

Rated Refuse Capacity:

408 tons per day or 131,400 tons per year

Energy Generation @ Rated Capacity:

9.4 MW of electricity

Sold to:

Western Massachusetts Electric Company/Northeast Utilities