Paris, France [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy, Inc. was awarded a 17-year contract by Florida’s Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners to operate the Pinellas Waste-to-Energy Facility. The $25 million yearly contract represents an estimated total turnover of $615 million over the term, including facility refurbishments. Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy, a division of Veolia Environmental Services North America, manages 10 similar facilities in North America. The Pinellas Waste-to-Energy Facility, which began commercial operations in 1983, consists of three boilers, each of which can burn 1, 050 tons of solid waste per day. Pressurized steam created from the combustion process turns turbine generators that create electricity. The plant generates about 75 megawatts of electricity per hour.