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Municipal Solid Waste

Last Updated: 10/01/19
Municipal Solid Waste

Energy recovery from waste is the conversion of non-recyclable waste materials into usable heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of processes, including combustion, gasification, pyrolization, anaerobic digestion and landfill gas recovery. This process is often called waste to energy.

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  • Federal agencies must ensure that renewable energy accounts for at least 7.5% of total electricity consumption.
Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
Additional Guidance

The Federal Renewable Energy Certificate Guide provides basic information for Federal staff who are new to the concept of renewable energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs), and are seeking to better understand the options for using RECs to meet Federal renewable energy targets. It is intended to assist agencies in understanding the use of RECs to meet the statutory and Executive Order 13693 goals for renewable energy.

Guiding Principle for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings #2 can apply when implementing renewable energy generation projects on agency property for agency use, when lifecycle cost effective.

Potential LEED Contributions

This product may contribute* toward points in multiple LEED v4 rating systems, including areas required for LEED v4 building certification. Credits are for the utilization of the source of energy, not necessarily requiring the operation of a production facility. Primarily, the credits will apply in the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories. This includes the specialty areas of: New Construction and Major Renovation, Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse and Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Specific credits are:

  • Energy & Atmosphere
    • Optimize Energy Performance
    • Optimize Energy Production

* It is important to note that no products, individually or collectively, can guarantee a specific number of points for LEED Category credit. Each credit will need to be matched to the product by a certified professional.