Columbia Planning New Energy Source

1 decade 2 years 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 23 2005 Nov 23, 2005 Wednesday, November 23, 2005 12:01:50 PM CST November 23, 2005 in News

Columbia is trying to do just that. Renewable fuels might just be the energy source of the future. But did you ever think that this could be used as a source of energy? The City Columbia says it can.

Columbia Power and Light says that garbage just like this could soon be used to power your home. As garbage decomposes, it produces a mixture of gasses including methane.Methane can be burned to produce electricity.

"What we'll do is run it into a generator system that will generate anywhere from one point five mega watts and up depending on how much gas does get produced," energy services supervisor Jay Hasheider said.

Using the new source of energy will keep garbage collection costs consistent.

"It's going to be a revenue maker for the solid waste utility and that's, that's always a good case for the city," explained landfill and recovery superintendent Cynthia Mitchell.

Columbia Water and Light says the gas has the potential to produce electricity for more than 1,000 homes. The utility says it expects to start using landfill gases for energy within the next two years.

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