Methane from Landfill to Provide Power to Murray

Methane from Landfill to Provide Power to Murray

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MURRAY, Utah (AP) -- By the end of the year, decaying garbage at the Salt Lake City-County landfill will be helping provide electricity to homes and businesses in Murray.

The rotting garbage produces methane, which, if released into the atmosphere contributes to global warming. Right now, the gas is flared off -- burned -- at the landfill.

Murray Mayor Dan Snarr says the project will cost customers about 45 cents more per year.

At peak power consumption, Murray needs about 100 megawatts.

City officials are contracting with Salt Lake Energy Systems LLC for a flow of three megawatts of electricity over the next ten years.

The power generated from the methane from the Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Management Facility and transmitted across power lines to Murray.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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