Monday , 18 December 2017

DANE COUNTY LEADS SWITCH TO SELLING GAS MADE BY MANURE AND GARBAGE

Dane County plans to stop making electricity with natural gas extracted from heaps of garbage and manure so that it can sell the gas through an interstate pipeline for use as environmentally-friendly automobile fuel. The $23.5 million project at the county landfill would be the first of its kind in the state. The effort is a response to utility company plans for sharply cutting back on the money they have paid for nearly a decade to dozens of landfills and waste digesters for gas-generated electricity. Multi-year contracts with utilities provided more short-term certainty about revenue levels than the county and others will have selling the gas at market prices. But Dane County officials say current natural gas prices and government subsidies are very likely to mean more income as soon as new equipment is up and running early in 2019. And without the limits imposed by the utility contacts, the door will open to greater production of renewable energy that does far less environmental damage than fossil fuel. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/dane-county-leads-switch-to-selling-gas-made-by-manure/article_f235b17c-1477-5269-9446-ffa173df4d80.html

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