Renewable Waste Intelligence Says: Enduring opportunity of renewable waste investment

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Renewable Waste Intelligence Says: New research highlights the long term appeal of investment in renewable waste market. The Renewable Waste to Energy market in the US is a prime target for private investment according to a new report from Renewable Waste Intelligence. Whilst there remains speculation regarding which technology will become preeminent, the best energy feedstock, or the most appropriate business model the ‘Renewable Waste Markets Report 2012-13’ indicates a positive outlook.

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If a company truly believes that it has the technology to process mixed MSW or provide sorting upfront, it may need to be willing to make no profit on the first facility

Industry leaders identify drivers for growth.

The report – written after over 20 industry leaders were interviewed - provides a detailed overview of the waste market place, with a particular focus on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), the technologies that are being considered and case studies on 5 of the 22 total Waste to Energy plants in an advanced state of planning in US. The breakdown of these plants is provided in the Renewable Intelligence report, each of whom seeking to reap the rewards of their investment within the next 10 to 15 years.

Investment solutions identified

When seeking investment renewable waste industry leaders highlighted a number of factors to increasing the likelihood of a projects success, including the need to;

  •     Create strategic partnerships
  •     Invite outside expertise onto the board
  •     Be prepared to exchange equity for investment
  •     Invite independent scrutiny

The report indicates that providing a compelling investment case is difficult, requiring innovation and a firm belief in the commercialisation of the technology. One interviewee suggested: “If a company truly believes that it has the technology to process mixed MSW or provide sorting upfront, it may need to be willing to make no profit on the first facility”.

The report features a discussion of how to structure projects to make a venture more attractive to investors, including Venture Capitalists, Private Equity and Financial Institution. Further, what steps can be taken to minimize risk?

The distant objective is for MSW to energy to become a ‘near to cost feedstock’ energy producer. With targeted investment and strategic partnerships in the US this future, if not certain, is a little clearer.

The report outlines the opportunities, barriers to entry and challenges entrants to this market will face over the next decade. It features detailed conversations with those already wrestling with legislation and targets and divulges valuable insider knowledge about how to invest wisely and well in this largely untapped resource.

To receive a free overview of the Renewable Waste Markets Report 2012-13, visit:

Louisa Spiteri
Renewable Waste Intelligence
+44 (0) 207 375 7245
louisa (at) renewable-waste (dot) com

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