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|Monmouth Investigating Another Methane Gas Site
|The city of Monmouth is hoping that methane gas at two locations in town turns out to be both a money maker and a cost saver.
City Administrator Eric Hanson told the city council last month that the old landfill in town could generate up to 25,000 carbon credits, and vendors have contacted the city about harvesting the gas. The city is still reviewing the viability of proposals from those vendors, which could turn the landfill into a new revenue source for the city.
Aldermen at Monday night's meeting unanimously approved a methane gas feasibility study for another location in town. Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies tells WGIL it's a study of gas at the North wastewater treatment plant. "We're asking for the University of Illinois at Chicago's Energy Research Center to help us determine what is the highest, best, most effective commercial use for the methane gas," Davies said. "Is it to clean the gas up and pipe it out and sell it to another user, or is the best use to clean it up, use that methane gas to power a generator, to create heat and electricity to run both waste water treatment plants out north."
Davies says any excess gas would then be sold back to the grid. He cites a preliminary study that says the methane gas at the north plant would produce enough heat and electricity to heat the facilities there, and provide enough power to run both wastewater treatment plants. Davies says the estimated cost to run both plants is around $500,000 a year, and city officials hope using the gas will provide a significant cost savings.
In other business, the city council approved a $170,000 engineering agreement with Donahue and Associates for the wastewater treatment plant. Aldermen also approved the purchase of two new squad cars for the police department at a cost not to exceed $25,000 each.
|11 03 08 by Newsroom
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