Anchorage Powers Up Methane Power Plant
August 1, 2012
By Daysha Eaton | KSKA: Officials fired up the state’s first methane power plant at the Anchorage Regional Landfill Tuesday. Doyon Utilities built the $26 million plant this summer. It uses methane gas created by decomposing garbage to create electricity. Doyon Utilities, The Municipality of Anchorage and Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson partnered on the project.
Dignitaries gathered to celebrate completion of the plant, which has been in the making since 2004. Dan Gavora is the president of Doyon Utilities. Hey says the plant is a win for all involved.
“The energy we create with this plant will generate revenue for the city, provide energy security for the joint base, lower overall energy cost and reduce pressure on local energy infrastructure and resources. All using, what until now, was an undesirable bi-product of city waste collection, an emission that had to be collected and flared to meet environmental protection standards,” Gavora said.
It’s also a win for Doyon Utilities. The company – owned by Doyon Limited and Fairbanks Sewer and water – was created in 2005 specifically to service the military installations in Alaska. The plant will offset the power usage for the Fort Richardson part of JBER in Anchorage. The landfill was creating methane gas anyway, but until now they were ‘flaring’ it, as required by EPA guidelines. Now, instead of being released into the atmosphere as pollution, it’s being funneled into a 6,000-foot pipeline leading to the plant.