October 17, 2005

Guelph Hydro awarded $350K GMF grant for design of integrated landfill gas use system

GUELPH, ONT-Guelph Hydro has received a $350,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) for the detailed design phase of its landfill gas (LFG) utilization system project at the city's Eastview Road Landfill. The new system will produce 2.5 megawatts of electrical power, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 103,000 tonnes annually, equivalent to taking 22,247 passenger cars off the road each year. The project includes a number of innovative features, including a public-private partnership between the city and Guelph Hydro for both project development and operation, Paul Truex, head of the utility's board of directors, pointed out. Guelph Hydro president and CEO Jim MacKenzie noted that another innovative feature is the potential incorporation of the treatment of all landfill waste products (LFG, leachate and condensate) in one interconnected process, utilizing both the energy and waste heat generated by the LFG utilization facility. Another integral part of the project is a public and school education program that uses the facility to demonstrate the benefits and implications of integrated waste management systems with LFG utilization. The GMF is managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) on behalf of the federal government.

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