Washington Electric members approve landfill gas generation project

first_imgBy an overwhelming margin, the member/ratepayers of Washington Electric Cooperative have given their approval to the construction of a generating facility at the states largest landfill in Coventry. The project, which will be a very significant, long-term source of stable and affordably priced power for the Co-ops members, received a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service board. The board then immediately called for a special membership meeting and vote, as such projects also need member approval according to Vermont law.The Coventry project will supply more than a third of their members power needs for at least twenty-five years, at a cost that is below any other alternative available. The WEC will be building a generating facility on the landfill that is operated by New England Waste Services of Vermont, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Systems. Methane produced by the decomposition of waste will power the generating equipment. WEC will be installing 4.8 megawatts (MW) of capacity initially.The facility, which is expected to be online in January 2005, will initially generate just under 4 MW based on currently available gas, and will generate more as additional gas is produced. The building will be built to house additional equipment, as it is expected that there will be sufficient gas available in future years to generate 6 MW or more. WEC will also be constructing a 7.2 mile transmission line to a VELCO substation in neighboring Irasburg, in order to make the power available to WEC’s service territory.last_img