The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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October 13, 2010

Green energy powering Lamar homes

LAMAR, Mo. — Lynn Calton said that whenever he observed the flare of methane being burned at the Prairie View Regional Landfill, he saw “dollar bills going up in the sky.”

That gas now is fueling two giant generators that are providing enough electrical energy to power 2,300 houses in Lamar.

“It’s very economical energy when compared to the energy from a coal-fired power plant,” said Calton, Lamar’s city administrator. “And, it means we won’t have to increase electric rates in Lamar. That’s a win-win for everybody.”

The gas-to-energy project, which went on line in June, was unveiled to the public during an open house Wednesday at the landfill.

The $7 million project was kicked off in 2007. Fifteen-year bonds financed $5.5 million of that amount.

“After 15 years, it will be gravy,” Calton said.

The city is responsible for operation and maintenance, which can be costly.

The landfill, the second largest in the state, is operated by Allied Waste Services, a subsidiary of Republic Services, Inc. It accepts 1,650 tons of nonhazardous waste daily from across the region. The site is expected to be in operation for 28 years.

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