Power Authority, Senator Wright to Explore Use of Landfill
April 30, 2002
New York Power
Authority officials announced Tuesday that they would study the feasibility
of using methane gas from a landfill operated by the Development Authority
of the North Country to produce low cost electricity. Senator Jim Wright (R,C,I - Watertown),
Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, has lent his
support to the analysis.
that the landfill could produce at least enough gas to generate three to six
megawatts of electricity," said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power
Authority. "We are working with Senator Wright to see if this project makes
technical, ecological and economic sense. We are looking to meet one of
Governor Pataki's major goals of providing better government services at
of electricity can power 1000 households.
expressed enthusiasm over the proposal. "By utilizing an underdeveloped
resource produced right here, we are tapping into a fuel that is clean,
cheap and available to help us meet our electricity needs," said Senator
Wright. "I am pleased to team with NYPA to look at innovative avenues to
meet the energy needs of Northern New Yorkers."
which was opened in 1992, is considered state of the art design. The site
covers 1,200 acres with 33 acres currently active as a landfill. The
facility, which serves Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties is located
near Rodman, about 15 miles south of Watertown.
The site has
an existing collection system for methane gas that was producing about 850
cubic feet per minute (cfm) in February. Newly drilled wells are expected
to increase the flow to 1,200 cfm. Ultimately, the landfill is expected to
produce about 2,500 cfm.
Located in a
remote area with no large electrical users nearby, DANC would seek to sell
the electricity to a third party or parties. The Power Authority has
indicated it will assist DANC in the marketing of the power. Further,
Senator Wright is urging the analysis to be expanded to include possible
agricultural benefits for local farmers.
Authority and Senator Wright have also expressed an interest in conducting
tests at the site to determine if windmill-turbine generation is feasible.
pointed out that the project would join others that he and the Power
Authority have worked on together in the region.
we worked with the State, completely updating electrical and other equipment
at the Dulles State Office Building, making the building far more efficient
and cheaper to operate," said Senator Wright. "Cumulatively, taxpayers are
saving well over $350,000 a year from this project alone. Once an
additional energy efficiency project is completed by the city of Watertown,
local savings will increase."
the Power Authority and Senator Wright have also jointly promoted energy
efficiency projects in the Villages of Theresa and Philadelphia,
the Canton, Hermon-DeKalb, Morristown
and Thousand Island school districts as well as Jefferson
Community College and St. Lawrence County government buildings.
Collectively, annual taxpayer savings on these projects is nearly $1
working together on all levels to promote projects that are beneficial to
the environment and will provide a savings to taxpayers by cutting the cost
of government services," said Senator Wright.