Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments

Research output: NRELPresentation


The goal of this project is to mobilize data, information, and knowledge generated about organic waste streams to local governments and support their decision-making. It builds on previous work related to wet organic waste resources (food waste, sludge, manure, waste fats and oils). The project provides an improved understanding of local waste challenges and priorities to inform BETO's R&D strategies and decision-making. It also supports local governments' goals and plans related to sustainable waste management, enables energy and/or resource recovery projects development at municipal level, and facilitates public-private partnerships. A key challenge is associated with more activities requested by entities than program allows which is mitigated by prioritization by requesting agency. All FY21 and FY22 TA requests have been completed. Major accomplishments include: 1). 34 requests managed in the past two years, 2) Distilled key challenges faced by communities. Key outcomes include strong community participation since inception of the program, dedicated program web site, deliverables tailored to communities' needs, and distribution materials (e.g., fact sheets, brochures) for a broader audience.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Project Peer Review, 3-7 April 2023, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-85596


  • local governments
  • technical assistance
  • waste
  • waste-to-energy


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