Severn Trent Plc, the U.K.’s second-largest publicly traded water company, is building a 13 million-pound ($22 million) facility in central England to convert local food waste into energy.
The 2.4-megawatt plant is expected to start operating in January, the company said today by e-mail. The electricity will be used to power the utility’s sites, with surplus sold back to the grid. It will meet about 2 percent of the company’s electricity requirements.
“Once the digester at Coleshill is up and running, we have ambitious plans to roll-out food waste plants across the Severn Trent region, and we’re looking at where we’re going to put the next two plants right now,” said Mike Surrey, Severn Trent’s general manager for energy. “The great thing about this is that not only will it save Severn Trent a huge amount of money, it also helps to protect the environment.”