Dougherty County landfill to provide more power to MCLB
Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Dougherty County leaders said household garbage could become a larger source of power for the Marine Corps Logistics Base within the next year.
Monday, Chairman Jeff Sinyard complemented the success of the gas-to-energy program that transforms methane gas collected from the county's landfill into useable natural gas.
Sinyard said a landfill co-generation plant installed in 2011 provides about 20-percent of the MCLB's power. Another generator could be placed within the next year, which would bring more economic success at the base.
"Because not only will it meet the mandates, it will have excess capacity that could be used on other bases. Hopefully, what that translates into is us keeping the jobs we have and hopefully gaining more missions for our base," said Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission.
Sinyard said a third generator would boost landfill energy to accommodate 30-percent of the energy at the MCLB.
He said that ratio would far exceed federal mandates that will go in place by 2020, and would strengthen the southwest Georgia region.