Houston-based Waste Management has announced plans to develop a landfill-gas-to-energy plant at its Rolling Meadows Landfill in Topeka, Kan. Westar Energy will purchase the electricity produced by the facility. The plant should produce enough electricity to power roughly 6,000 homes, according to Waste Management.
The plant is scheduled to be operational by 2010.
“Our facility will benefit the local environment and economy because it will help offset the need for non-renewable resources such as coal, natural gas and oil,” said Jason Chan, district manager for the Rolling Meadows landfill, in a press release. “Waste Management is proud to be building this facility and combined with our existing waste management operations, demonstrates our company's dedication to fulfilling the needs of the community.”
“Our agreement with Waste Management represents a wonderful opportunity for Westar to receive another source of renewable energy for our customers and gain experience with base load distributed generation,” added Bill Moore, president and CEO of Westar Energy. “We are pleased to be part of delivering clean energy from a source that would otherwise just be a waste byproduct.”
Also check out our "Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project in Northern California Begins Operations" story from earlier today.