Waga Energy and Casella Waste Systems, Inc, a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company in the United States, signed a commercial agreement to build and operate three WAGABOX® units at landfills in the Northeast. The three WAGABOX® units will initially produce approximately 1,300,000 MMBtu (380 GWh) of RNG per year, and save 90,000 tons of eqCO2 emissions1. RNG, a key pilar for the energy transition, is a local, renewable and competitive energy source that can substitute fossil-based fuels in transportation, industry and heating.
As part of the commercial agreement, Waga Energy will deploy the capital required to fully fund construction of three RNG units, using its patented WAGABOX® technology, and will own and operate them for 20 years. Commercial operations are expected to start in approximately 24 months given the timeline for permitting and construction.
Casella, is amongst the Northeast’s largest recyclers and is an experienced fully integrated resource management company. Casella currently operatesnine landfills in the northeastern United States.
John W. Casella, Chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems, Inc.: “Working with Waga Energy is a great opportunity for our company to further enhance our strategy around resource management and sustainability. We have been impressed by Waga Energy’s innovation and technology platform and believe that they are a strong partner to help develop RNG capacity at these three facilities.”
Mathieu Lefebvre, Chairman and CEO of Waga Energy: “It is an immense honor to partner with Casella, a highly respected leader of the waste management industry in the United States. The months of work carried out between our teams to develop these sites have allowed us to discover an organization with a clear mission, rooted in the territories where Casella operates and committed to the preservation of the common good. These shared values between our companies are an essential foundation for the success of these circular economy projects and a lasting collaboration. This partnership is a major step in the global deployment of the WAGABOX® solution, for the energy transition and the fight against climate change.”
1 Calculations based on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data. 63,000 tons of eqCO2 based on the comparative non-renewable and renewable natural gas emission factors in France according to French energy agency ADEME’s carbon database and factoring in direct and indirect emissions.