Glasgow Hopes to Convert Methane from Landfill to Energy

By Michael Gossum | 

The city of Glasgow is looking to go green.

The city teamed up with Farmers RECC to turn their landfill into a power source.

Currently, the landfill leaks methane into the air and that gas is what they hope to turn into electricity.

"We will be collecting our methane rather than venting it into the air that we're doing now, and bringing it over to a generator. The generator will convert the methane into electric power that will be put on Farmers Rural Electric grid," said Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Trautman.

Farmers RECC President Bill Prather said this not only helps the air, but also will help those in the area.

"It will prevent the methane from getting into the atmosphere here locally, and associated problems that can sometimes occur from that. It will benefit our membership from the standpoint that we'll be able to take that and generate very cost effective energy which we'll put right into our system. We'll help power some of the homes and businesses we have here locally," said Prather.

The decision to turn trash to electricity stems from potential stricter federal guidelines on air quality in the next few years.

So, Glasgow became proactive.

"If more of these green projects come on, it reduces your region's reliance on fossil fuels and that sort of thing. So, that's the benefit in the long term," said Trautman.

And the long-term is what concerns those involved the most.

Taking trash and turning into electricity won't happen over night.

Officials hope this will get started in the next year or two.

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