Durham York Energy Centre

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Image Credit: Durham York

Ranking for 2012: 94

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Waste to Energy

Range: 0 - $500,000,000

Project Value: $276,500,000

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Public

Location: Clairington, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: N/A

LEED: N/A


The DYEC is an energy-from-waste (EFW) facility designed to process 140,000 tonnes per year of post diversion waste. Durham and York regions entered into a contract with Covanta Energy to engineer, design, build and operate the facility. The plant burns the waste using thermal mass burn technology and generates energy through a high pressure steam system that feeds into a turbine. Durham and York regions estimate that the plant will produce enough energy annually for 10,000 homes. The cost of maintaining the facility is approximately $14.7 million per year. It is estimated that $8.5 million in revenue will be generated from energy sales and an additional $250,000-$750,000 will be generated through the sale of metals recovered after the waste is processed. The project has seen considerable opposition from local councillors and the public, who are concerned about the plant’s impact on the air quality of the surrounding region. Residents have voiced concerns about the record of the contractor, Covanta, which has received numerous fines in the United States. Most recently, Covanta received a $400,000 fine from the government of Connecticut in July 2011 for violating dioxin emissions at one of its EFW plants.


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