St. Joseph approves plan to use trash for gas

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The St. Joseph City Council has approved a plan to convert methane gas into electricity.

The council on Monday approved an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light to develop a project to convert the gas into electricity at the St. Joseph Sanitary Landfill.

Currently, 12 wells collect the landfill gas, which is burned off as a waste product. The new project will add more wells - up to a total of 49 - that will collect gas to fuel a generator to produce electricity.

The city will provide the gas collection system, while KCP&L will pay the cost of the power plant. Burns & McDonnell, an engineering firm from Kansas City, will be a subcontractor.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that in return for producing its own electricity, the city will get carbon credits that can be sold to companies who emit carbon into the atmosphere.

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press,

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