Time to junk trash-to-energy programs like one in Newport?

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
Author: Bob Shaw
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Date Published: 06/22/2013

A program based in Newport burns garbage to generate electricity. But it is also burning something else — money. If it burned 30,000 dollar bills every day for 19 years, that would almost equal the $219 million in public subsidies it has received through 2013. As generators of electricity, waste-to-energy plants nationwide cost five times as much as solar generation, and 50 times more than natural gas. As a way to keep garbage out of landfills, the plants are outshone by programs that do the same thing at no cost to taxpayers.