Five Mistakes WTE Developers Make…and How to Avoid Them

Poor feasibility study: A poor study will result in unreliable financial estimates by improperly estimating costs and/or inputs, as well revenues by developing a plant that is improperly sized, or improperly designed for the local environment.

Crafting a weak waste supply agreement that fails to include a ‘put or pay’ clause, fails to address ash disposal issues, and fails to adequately address inflation and regulatory changes, or has a term that is inappropriate for the project

Signing a weak power purchase agreement that fails to fully account for inflation, the buyer’s creditworthiness, or impending regulatory changes

Working with an inexperienced construction contractor who is unable to build the project as designed

Poor plant design that improperly sizes components or relies on unproven technologies