Mississippi starts up first landfill gas plant

Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 07:10 AM
posted by rene5432

Mississippi has taken a first step toward improving the state's renewable electricity profile, according to The Commercial Dispatch.

The state has now opened its first power plant making use of landfill gas. The methane gas used by the plant is produced by the decay of organic compounds in the landfill.

Normally, this gas is burned off by flares to prevent build-ups and fire, but by instead using the gas to power a traditional steam turbine, the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority expects it should be able to produce 1 megawatt of electricity.

The electricity will be purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority under the agency's Generation Partners program to encourage the development of renewable electricity resources.

"This type of a project is a huge help to local consumers," David Sparks with the Tennessee Valley Authority told WTVA. "It also puts money back into the local economy because we pay an incentive to the authority for the electricity they generate."

Overall, the project should bring the county $80,000 per month and provide power for around 600 homes.

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