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A landfill runs through it

Submitted by on 1, July 3, 2009 – 5:45 amOne Comment

amp_logoOne of Alameda Municipal Power’s continuing efforts to go green with its power came online this week: The Ox Mountain landfill in Half Moon Bay.

Working with Framingham, Mass.-based energy company Ameresco and the City of Palo Alto, they’ve built an energy plant to capture gases at the landfill and turn them into electricity. Now that it’s online, the plant will provide 11 percent of our electricity and will be one of three landfill gas plants we’re using, according to this press release on CBS’s MarketWatch website.

Another plant is slated to come online this year at the Keller Canyon landfill in Pittsburg, and when it does, 22 percent of our energy will come from plants at landfills.

“The landfill gas to energy project at Ox Mountain allows us to offer our customers another carbon-free source of power, and continue our quarter century commitment to renewable energy,” Ann McCormick, president of the Public Utilities Board, was quoted as saying in the release.

The plant will provide enough evergy to power 11,900 average-size homes, the release says. About 85 percent of our energy comes from renewable sources.

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  • Former Island Reside says:

    All,

    The statement of "carbon-free" is a misnomer. The carbon from the landfill is just being burned up for energy, istead of being obtained elsewhere. Carbon Dioxide is still a "global warming" by-product of combustion.

    Remember, each time you breath you produce carbon dioxide and contribure to global warming. Without carbon dioxide plants would die.

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