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Poverty/Income Inequality, Education


This proposal encourages the Erie County Division of Sewerage Management and the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) to explore opportunities to invest in combined heat and power technology at their wastewater treatment facilities. As energy costs continue to rise, use of methane-fueled CHP systems will become more and more cost-effective. Furthermore, facilities will increase energy efficiency, utilize renewable biofuels, decrease utility costs over time, and limit our dependence on foreign oil. The City and County can pass those cost savings onto ratepayers or reinvest them in capital improvements, including rebuilding our decaying sewer infrastructure. Finally, by both decreasing its dependence on the electrical grid and consuming a powerful greenhouse gas, Erie County and the City of Buffalo will be taking significant steps toward reducing the area’s carbon footprint, thereby mitigating its impact on global warming.