As energy providers look around for new sources of electric power - wind gaining special popularity in the Northwest - here's one that could be highly useful and available all over the region:
Tapping into methane gas found at landfills, and converting it into energy.
The Kootenai Electric Cooperative, based at Hayden, is planning to use methane gas emerging from the Fighting Creek landfill. The Spokesman Review quotes its marketing manager as saying, “We have a unique situation here, which makes this a wonderful project. We have fuel in close proximity to the power lines. Basically what we’re doing is putting a generator in between the two. So it’s very economical. The power will go right to the power lines.”
That may be a better-than-average situation, but it probably could be managed at many other locations as well. There's a neat efficiency to the concept, and useful environmental cleanup alongside.