Assembly approves funding for Anchorage landfill gas-to-electric project
June 5, 2011
BY ZAZ HOLLANDER of the Alaska Star: Despite some concern among Anchorage Assembly members, plans are moving ahead to spin Anchorage’s garbage gas into electricity. Doyon Utilities LLC wants to provide power to the military base with electricity generated from the methane gas that seeps in large quantities from the Anchorage Regional Landfill just off the Glenn Highway at the Hiland Road exit.
The Anchorage Assembly on May 26 approved spending a $2 million state energy grant on the new gas-to-energy project in a 7-3 decision. The money comes from an Alaska Energy Authority renewable energy grant and can pay only for construction. Doyon will operate the facility and buy the gas produced for the next 20 years under the terms of the agreement with the municipality. The contract also includes two 10-year option periods.
In return, Doyon will compensate the city for the gas it uses. At today’s gas prices, the money coming back to the city could range from $1.3 million to $1.5 million a year, according to the city’s solid waste services director, Mark Madden.
“By taking that huge amount of methane out of our emissions, it’s good for the environment and on top of that we do get a fairly nice benefit of getting electricity out of it – and revenue,” Madden said. “It’s a green project in more ways than one.” Read more