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MCLB buys landfill gas as energy source

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Dougherty County commission enters into a deal with the United States Navy to sell landfill gas to be used as an energy source. Methane naturally develops as trash degrades.

Right now, the county simply burns it off at the landfill. Monday, Commissioners agreed to sell it to the Marine Base as an alternative energy source. The county must spend about $3 Million dollars for new equipment.

The county will get that money back as the Navy pays for the gas and will eventually see about a $500,000 return.

Col. Terry Williams said,  "We're congressionally mandated and there are Presidential directives for us to reduce our greenhouse emissions, increase our use of renewable energy and reduce our energy consumption."

Mike McCoy said, "This is a very important project. We have a naturally occurring gas that is reliable and renewable source of energy and it also helps the environment, cuts down on the emissions of greenhouse gases."

MCLB will design and construct a pipeline from the processor at the landfill to the base. Construction will begin next summer and take about 16 months.

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