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Cortland City Council To Look at Generating Electricity With Methane Gas
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Cortland City Council To Look at Generating Electricity With Methane Gas
Cortland City leaders will hear a presentation tonight on generating electricity using methane gas at the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
 
According to Wastewater Chief Operator Bruce Adams, the city has been heating the sewage treatment facilities with methane gas for several years, now Adams is looking at the prospect of powering the plant with that same gas as a way to offset operational expenses.
 
Adams points to Gloversville, New York where methane generated electricity has become a success story. With the addition of the Fage Yogurt facility the municipal sewage plant there is generating even more electricity.
 
The City council will hear a presentation from Methane Harvest, a company specializing in this technology.
At this point Adams has no idea what the costs of the project might be.
 
Methane co-generation is becoming more popular as federal and state regulators push methane producers to manage the gas, which is a known greenhouse gas. Cortland County is facing the prospect of spending upwards of a million dollars to collect and burn off methane gas at the County owned landfill.
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