The following are words, terms, and acronyms frequently used in association with
The noncombustible solid by-products of combustion.
An emission control device that consists of an array of fabric filters through which flue gases pass. Particles are trapped and thus prevented from passing into the atmosphere.
Any organic material that can be broken down by microorganisms into simpler, more stable compounds. Most organic wastes (e.g., food, paper) are biodegradable.
Any organic matter that can be used as fuel to generate energy.
A relatively coarse, non-combustible residue of combustion that accumulates on the floor or “grate” of
Large wastes such as appliances, furniture, and trees and branches, that cannot be handled by normal MSW processing methods.
An abbreviation for British Thermal Unit, a measurement of energy. BTU is commonly used to measure the energy content of various fuels. One BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
The process by which municipal solid waste is burned in a energy-from-waste plant.
A procedure that utilities use to select suppliers of new electric capacity and energy. Under competitive bidding, an electric utility solicits bids from prospective power generators to meet current or future
A procedure that municipalities use to select vendors to collect and/or dispose of the solid waste within
Biological decomposition of solid organic materials by bacteria, fungi, and other organisms into a
Waste generated by construction and demolition of buildings, such as bricks, concrete, drywall, lumber, miscellaneous metal parts and sheets, packaging materials, etc.
The ability of a power plant to produce a given output of electric energy at an instant in time, measured in kilowatts or megawatts.
A company that controls the distribution of electricity in a specific area or region. Utilities sometimes own and operate electricity generation and transmission facilities.
Gases released into the atmosphere