Will County aims to do more with methane from landfill
“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.”
“We are excited to move forward on this project which will benefit the taxpayers and our environment,” said County Board Member and Minority Leader Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen.) “We’re turning trash into cash for the county, and that’s a good thing for taxpayers.”
Under the new arrangement, the electricity generation at the landfill will cease operation and all methane gas will be converted to natural gas at a plant that will be constructed at the landfill by SCS Energy. Last year the County Board selected Eco Engineers to secure permits and find buyers for the compressed natural gas product which could be used as an alternative to diesel fuel. Today, the county has entered into an agreement with US Venture to purchase the natural gas produced at the landfill plant.
Construction of the new plant is expected to begin this fall and is estimated to cost approximately $40 million.