With over three decades of experience, Jack Ristau has been a driving force in developing, constructing, and operating municipal infrastructure facilities, including solid waste management and energy recovery projects, in the United States and overseas. Since joining Wheelabrator in 1984, he has developed many notable resource recovery business activities as well as directed several projects in the Far East, Mexico, Turkey, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Barbados. Currently, Ristau is director of business development and manages waste-to-energy project opportunities in the United States and Canada, supervising proposal development and customer contract negotiations. Prior to joining Wheelabrator, Ristau held project management positions at MITRE Corporation, Hayden, Harding and Buschanan Engineers, Inc., and Metcalf and Eddy, Inc. Ristau holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Penn State and a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Management from Northeastern University.
AltEnergyMag Interview - Waste-to-Energy
Jack Ristau | Wheelabrator Technologies
2. Are any new projects underway? Are companies looking at RFPs for new projects? For expansions? If so, from who?
3. What are the problems?
Large infrastructure projects – whether they are power plants, recycling facilities, waste water plants, public works projects, roads or bridges – all must demonstrate that they meet the needs of the communities they are intended to serve, are financially viable and environmentally sound. Good technological and financial capabilities and an open dialogue with community and government leaders are essential to achieving success.
6. What do environmental organizations think of waste-to-energy? For years, they believed waste-to-energy plants polluted. Have their views changed with the addition of new scrubbing technology ten years ago?
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