Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Landfill plans to make electricity from waste and sell it to Westar

July 15, 2009


— A landfill plans to make electricity from its waste and sell it to Westar Energy Inc., officials from both companies said Wednesday.

Waste Management Inc. will develop a landfill gas-to-energy facility at its Rolling Meadows landfill in Shawnee County.

Landfill gas is produced when microorganisms break down organic material to produce methane and carbon dioxide. The methane will be used to power generators to produce electricity.

The proposed facility will produce up to 6 megawatts, which is enough to power up to 6,000 homes.

“Our facility will benefit the local environment and economy because it will help offset the need for nonrenewable resources such as coal, natural gas and oil,” said Jason Chan, district manager for Rolling Meadows.

Westar President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Moore said, “We are pleased to be part of delivering clean energy from a source that would otherwise just be a waste byproduct.”

Officials said they hoped to have the project running by 2010.

Houston-based Waste Management said it planned to have 60 landfill gas-to-energy projects at its landfills by 2012.


jumpin_catfish 8 years, 7 months ago

Won't stop Obama and his band of raiders from hosin' us with tap and trade.

mdrndgtl 8 years, 7 months ago

Yer dang right, catfish. Ergans can't make no meth. Sounds like mer Obamer lies.

Hoots 8 years, 7 months ago

I wish they would do that at Hamm's Landfill just north of town. I have to give them a clap for what they are doing. Actually the gas comes off for many...many years. It's actually better they burn it for electricity than let it go into the atmosphere as the methane is ten times more destructive than CO2. In the end it's a win/win situation. I wish all landfills harvested the methane the get off them.

introversion 8 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like back-scratchin' to me. I'm glad they're getting clever with energy production methods, but what about westar not allowing net-metering? Do they only buy energy from the big guys?

Sharon Aikins 8 years, 7 months ago

It's a clean burning gas, breaking down into CO2 and water. It comes from a variety of sources. It is renewable, unlike coal and oil. Left unused, it holds 20 times more heat in the atmosphere than CO2. One company uses the methane from a nearby landfill to power one of its US plants. There are cars that run on methane. What about using it to generate electricity doesn't make sense? We all win since we all help produce it.

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