Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation industry is an integral part of the nation's waste disposal infrastructure and increasingly a source of its renewable energy power. Through the early part of the past five years, the industry struggled through tough economic and regulatory conditions that made substitute landfills and recycling facilities more attractive waste disposal options in parts of the country and caused some firms to struggle with profitability and close facilities. However, renewed public and government interest in the environmental impact of waste disposal and renewable energy generation sparked new investment in WtE facilities and the first return to growth for the industry in more than a decade.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
The US WtE market has been unfavorable for new entrants during the past 15 years, as the number or facilities in operation has steadily decreased. Several barriers to entry face potential WtE providers. While the regulatory climate has favored renewable energy products during the past decade, regulatory hurdles regarding plant operations and emissions form some of the most pressing barriers. Permits must be obtained before construction of a new plant can begin, and oversight must be maintained throughout the operational life of the facility. The process of obtaining such permits can often cause lengthy delays, including delays caused by third-party appeals challenging permit issuance.
Consumer attitudes and perceptions about WtE also form a potential barrier... purchase to read more