HUDSON – With clean energy week just around the corner, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, toured a facility that turns solid waste into energy.
Bilirakis was accompanied by Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano during the tour of the Hudson site of Covanta, a worldwide company that creates energy from waste. The facility processes up to 1,050 tons per day of solid waste, generating 31.2 megawatts of renewable energy.
“One of the most important issues facing the international community is how to grapple with the anticipated increase in demand for energy stemming from population growth and economic expansion within the global economy resulting, in part, from rapid urbanization,” Bilirakis said.
“This challenge is further complicated when we factor in the need to achieve it in a manner that provides greater environmental protection and cleaner air through emission reductions. As Florida emerges as a nation leader in clean energy, it’s great to visit renewable energy facilities in my district and learn about the ways that our state can diversify our energy sources.
“I’m thrilled to be taking part in the clean energy movement and I’m glad to be joined by local leaders, while we learn more about renewable energy sources.”
Bilirakis represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
For information about Bilirakis, go to bilirakis.house.gov.