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Trash to Cash: Will County to Convert Methane Into Renewable Gas
Turning Trash Into Cash
By Abhinanda Datta, Patch Staff
Will County aims to do more with methane from landfill
JOLIET – The Will County Board approved the next steps to convert methane gas produced at the Prairie View Landfill into compressed natural gas. The board voted today to select SCS Energy to design and build a plant to convert the methane to renewable natural gas. Harbour Contractors from Plainfield will lead the construction piece of this project. Currently, some methane gas is converted into electricity at the landfill with the remainder being burned off.
“Will County is a leader in green technology and environmental sustainability,” said Speaker of the County Board Mimi Cowan (D-Naperville.) “Whether it is solar electricity for the new courthouse, or trash at the landfill, we have an obligation to reduce our carbon footprint and lead the way toward a more sustainable community.” Electricity currently generated from methane gas at the landfill provides approximately $450,000 in revenue per year for the county. Converting all of the methane generated at the landfill into compressed natural gas could potentially generate as much as $12 million per year. That money will be used to pay off debt for construction of the new methane to natural gas plant and to fund other critical county programs in the future.
The WKRDA is Seeking Proposals for Executive Director
The Will Kankakee Regional Development Authority is seeking proposals for an Executive Director. Review the Request For Proposals with details regarding the position. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23rd.
CED Announces Recognition of 2023 Economic Development Week
The Will County Center for Economic Development marks the week of May 8 to May 12, 2023, as Economic Development Week 2023. During this week, communities across North America will celebrate and recognize the contributions made by professional economic developers to create more economically vibrant and livable communities.
CED President & CEO Re-Appointed to Illinois Enterprise Zone Board
Doug Pryor was originally appointed to serve on the Board in September 2021 and was recently re-appointed to serve through February 2025. Each member of the board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate shall have at least 5 years of experience in business, economic development, or site location.