BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Landfills produce many gases and methane is one that can be used.
Southern Idaho Solid Waste currently collects the methane gas through monitoring wells and pipelines that go throughout the landfill.
Instead of methane being pulled into a gas control system, like it is now, they will construct an energy building. The methane will be pulled in and produce a portion of energy for Idaho Power.
Nate Francisco, environmental manager of Southern Idaho Solid Waste, says "We're currently required by the EPA and DEQ to control that gas to flare it off or destroy the harmful pollutants. Instead of flaring that off, we have decided to divert that to an energy plant and will produce energy for the grid."
The Milner Butte Landfill currently produces 600 standard cubic feet of landfill gas. That much has can produce electricity to power about 2,500 households.
Josh Bartlome, CEO of Southern Idaho Solid Waste, says the company will be working with Idaho Powers.
"Conservatives estimates points to grossing approximately $30 million over the 20 year Power Purchase Agreement," he says.