Seems there just isn’t enough trash to go around these days.
When Ada County entered into a deal with Foristar to capture methane gas at Hidden Hollow Landfill and burn it in an engine turning a turbine generating electricity, it made sense. For several years the county has made a couple hundred thousand bucks annually off the sale of the power.
However, with the advent of the Dynamis proposed project, Foristar, the existing power provider, has informed Idaho Power there won’t be enough “fuel” to generate electricity. That claim, along with an inability to get a DEQ permit due to what they say are the sole actions of Ada County are subject of a letter to the IDAHO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
In an ironic twist, rather than being faced with too much waste, there is a now chance all the deals the county has entered into could cancel each other out for lack of product. Foristar is claiming a lack of methane production due to diverting waste to Dynamis and Dynamis will be faced with lack of “fuel” as the recycle center operated by Republic Services (the trash collector) hits stride and diverts plastic, paper and other commodities with plenty of BTUs (British thermal units).
There is a battle brewing nationwide about exactly WHO owns trash once it is set on the curb. Boise runs a recycle program, but there is little consensus regarding ownership of what has become a fuel source.
Even if the Dynamis “trash to energy” project somehow is approved, there is a good chance they will have to rely on outside fuel–like tires–to have enough heat to burn the heavily wet “municipal solid waste” found at the dump.
A group opposing Dynamis is also raising concerns of Dioxin emissions on the Treasure Valley.
UPDATE June 25. Daily Paper has more on COMMISH INTEREST.
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