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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 Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) will be hosting public meetings on Tuesday, November 14th in Joliet and Lockport to share information and invite community participation in the Will County Brownfields Program.
On behalf of the CED Board of Directors and staff, we are deeply saddened by the passing of CED Board Chair Ruth Colby.
The Will County CED has aligned with IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center) and Joliet Junior College to present the first in a series of workshops aimed at supporting Will County manufacturers looking to grow, plan, improve, and lead.