Ada Commishes may be moving a bit hasty with plans for an incinerator at the Hidden Hollow landfill in an effort to get some of the “stimulus funds” from the Feds.
On the face of it, a plan to allow an Eagle firm to build an incinerator and pay $1 a year for rent sounded good. The developer would build the facility and it would generate 12 megawatts of electricity per hour while consuming 250 tons of trash per day. Creates jobs, local company, helps the environment, etc. etc.
The incinerator is supposed to be a “clean burning” plant that will heat water to make steam to turn a turbine. They have not applied for any water rights at this point and a company spokesman said the design “uses very little water,” but admitted it would depend on groundwater from a well.
A closer examination by the GUARDIAN discloses Ada County is obligating $2 million in taxpayer funds to Dynamis–the Eagle firm that will own the plant– for design work. They are hoping for some of that oft-touted Stimulus Money printed in Washington, D.C. The facility will apparently create no “financial return” to the county citizens from sales of the power. The commishes seems happy at this point with diverting 250 tons of trash a day from the landfill.
We see it a little differently. If the private firm wants to get free “fuel” to generate about 10-12 MWH of power a day they shouldn’t be paid to design a plant they have already designed in Barrow, Alaska and the country of Columbia.
Under the terms of a typical “avoided cost” contract with Idaho Power, they would be paid $60 per megawatt hour the first year with increases over a 20 year period resulting in a rate of $82.38 for the final year.
Using $70 per MWH as an average for the 24/7 “baseload” deal, Dynamis stands to make more than $6,000,000 a year or $120,000,000 over the course of 20 years–not bad when you didn’t even have to present a competitive bid for the deal.
Dynamis was declared a “sole provider” after pitching the county. Ada subsequently sent a letter to the media and posted it on their website offering discussions on other green projects at the dump. The landfill handles between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of trash daily.
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