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How Miami, Florida is Turning Waste Into Cash

April 7, 2011 - 3:43pm

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Miami-Dade officials talk about using EECBG grant funds for their Methane Sequestration Project.

In Miami, Florida, methane gas captured from a regional landfill will be used to provide 30 percent of the electricity used at an adjacent regional wastewater plant. The project will upgrade and expand the existing power generation system at the water plant, which generates electricity from digester gas produced at the plant.  Landfill gas, which is produced from the Solid Waste Department’s South Dade Landfill, will be collected and piped across a canal to the water plant where it will be mixed with digester gases.  By combining landfill and digester gases, the county will increase the amount of self-generated electricity, and reduce the county's consumption of electricity generated from fossil fuels.

Miami-Dade officials say the $15 million project would not be possible without an initial $1.7 million from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, and the landfill project alone will create 25 additional construction jobs.

The Methane Sequestration Project is just one of 13 Miami-Dade EECBG projects funded by Recovery Act dollars, which includes a mix of energy management projects, citizen outreach and education, sub-grants, demonstration programs, construction projects and incentive programs.

For more information about the EECBG Program, visit the website or read about the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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