Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 9, 2013

Garbage could be energy

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

With the unanimous passage of a resolution Monday night at its regular meeting, Glasgow City Council authorized the first official step to move forward with a project that can create electrical energy out of the part of the gases that decomposing organic waste creates.

Methane is one of those gases, and when methane emissions reach a certain threshold, the federal Clean Air Act has for several years required that landfills take action to properly dispose of it. Landfills often burn it off, but increasingly, landfills are putting that gas to the more productive use of generating electricity.

Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. is one of 16 member-owners of East Kentucky Power Cooperative, and Farmers and EKPC had expressed interest in partnering with the city. The council’s resolution gives the mayor authority to negotiate with Farmers RECC for the establishment of such a system, including entering into lease and landfill gas purchase agreements and applying for a Rural Economic Development Loan to fund the project.

Read more of this story in the print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times on Wednesday..