Wheelabrator Baltimore, L.P.
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Wheelabrator Baltimore, L.P. waste-to-energy facility provides dependable, environmentally safe disposal of municipal solid waste for the City and County of Baltimore, while generating clean, renewable electricity for sale to the local utility. Designed, built, owned, and operated by Wheelabrator, Wheelabrator Baltimore processes up to 2,250 tons per day of municipal solid waste. The facility has an electric generating capacity of 60,000 kilowatts; the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 68,000 Maryland homes. Wheelabrator Baltimore also supplies steam to the downtown heating loop, and provides power for M&T Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
Wheelabrator Baltimore began operations in 1985, and has been a part of the city’s “re-building” process ever since. Wheelabrator opened the Aquaculture Center in 1986 to raise threatened fish species such as large-mouth bass, rock fish, and yellow perch. The water used in the Aquaculture Center comes from the plant’s cooling water system. Each fall, approximately five thousand of the six to eight inch-long fish are released into Maryland Rivers in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
More recently, The City of Baltimore recognized Wheelabrator as a partner and major contributor to the initiative for a Cleaner-Greener Baltimore Campaign. In December 2009, the contract between Baltimore County and Wheelabrator Baltimore was renewed. After a 24-year partnership, Baltimore County extended their initial term for an additional 15 years in three, five-year renewal terms.