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Waste used for energy

Friday, April 27, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:09 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a facility that will convert methane gas from decomposing waste to electricity for area homes and hot water for a state prison.

Methane from the Jefferson City Landfill would be converted to electricity for the homes, and the heat created by that conversion process would then be used to heat water for the Jefferson City Correctional Facility, Gov. Matt Blunt said.

The program involves a partnership between the state, Columbia Water and Light, Allied Waste Services, which owns the landfill, and Ameresco, a Framingham, Mass., energy services company that is building the facility.

The new facility was expected to produce about 3.2 megawatts of electricity, or the annual power needs of about 2,000 homes, Ameresco said on its Web site.

Blunt’s office said the project would begin in December.


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