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Marc Rogoff and Bill Gaffigan Coauthored Conducting a Feasibility Analysis for a Proposed Waste-to-Energy Project in Alaska for EM

Marc Rogoff, Ph.D., (Florida) and Bill Gaffigan, CVA, (Georgia) coauthored an article entitled “Conducting a Feasibility Analysis for a Proposed Waste-to-Energy Project in Alaska” for publication in EM on March 2021.

Marc and Bill’s coauthors were Mark Spafford, Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Utility and Kurt Vause, Streamline AM.

Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management as a public agency manager and consultant.

Bill Gaffigan is a Principal Environmental Manager based in Georgia with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental valuation, litigation support, business transactions, and strategic business consulting. He is also director of the Geosyntec Environmental Valuation and Consulting Practice.

EM, the Air & Waste Management Association’s (A&WMA) monthly magazine for environmental managers, explores a range of issues affecting the industry with timely, provocative articles and regular columns written by leaders in the field.

A&WMA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization enhancing knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.


Solid waste managers in the U.S. have noted a slow-down in recent years in the development of new waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities. This is due to several factors including the low cost for power produced by competitors – natural-gas electric utility plants, as well as the relatively low cost for landfilling waste, even when waste is transported long distance for landfill disposal.

Bucking this trend is a large, new WTE facility now in the active planning stages in Anchorage, Alaska. What is making WTE attractive, specifically in Alaska? In brief, there are three key factors. First, the relatively high prices paid for electric energy in Alaska, which helps in paying back the costs of capital and operations of the WTE facility. Second, availability of a project site that is being currently used for the disposal of solid waste. Third, the ability of WTE to meet the City’s Climate Action Plan. This article describes the initial planning process completed for the new WTE facility in Anchorage, its findings, and next steps.

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